‘Tis the season to be jolly … and to give. But at Vivial, that giving season is year-round.
Vivial is committed to playing a positive role in local communities. We value the neighborhoods where we work and live, and look for opportunities to serve and support those areas. It’s as important to us as supporting our local business partners.
Here are just a few of the things our employees have done over the past year.
Homes for Our Troops
As part of our contribution to Homes for Our Troops, Vivial was a key sponsor for the home that was built for Army MSG Eric Marts and his wife Bobbie. During his 2006 deployment in Iraq, Eric lost his vision from two improvised explosive device (IED) blasts. Eric and Bobbie now live in a specially adapted custom Homes for our Troops hoouse where Eric has enough room for his seeing eye dog Deacon to guide him around, and a security system is in place to make it safe to be home alone.
KidSmart St. Louis
The St. Louis branch volunteers with KidSmart St. Louis, an organization where teachers in low-income school districts can “shop” for all different types of school supplies for their classrooms. The Vivial team donated supplies, counted inventory, put stock out and even picked up donations from local businesses and office supply stores.
Crayons to Classrooms
Dayton employees volunteered at Crayons to Classrooms, a free store for teachers from under-funded PreK-12 schools that serve students living in poverty. In partnership with local businesses, individual donors and community volunteers, Dayton Crayons to Classrooms distributes donated supplies and surplus products for use in the classroom. Our volunteers helped stock shelves, move product in and out of storage, put together packets for the teachers, and helped teachers during their shopping experience.
Back Pack Drive
The Kids in Need Foundation ensures every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies to students in need. Vivial’s annual backpack/school supply drive netted 40 backpacks stuffed full of school supplies to be delivered to students in a needy community.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati
The Cincinnati branch volunteers to work the Taylor Huth Memorial Golf Outing, an annual event that benefits the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and Columbus.
The Rochester team delivered 30 gift bags with winter hats, gloves and food gift cards to a Rochester-based Veteran Halfway House, Richard’s House. Each veteran at the halfway house, along with their service dog, Haans, received gifts.
The annual Dayton Food Drive collected more than 1,500 pounds of food and water that were donated to The Foodbank to be distributed to agencies that feed the hungry throughout the local Dayton area.
The Connecticut Branch adopted a family from the town of Milford’s Department of Human Services. Employees were able to select from items of need for a local mother and son, and delivered the gifts and gift cards in time for the holidays.
Meanwhile, the annual Dayton Toy/Clothes Drive supports families in the Dayton area who can’t afford to purchase gifts during the holiday season. Gifts donated by Vivial employees were delivered to Catholic Social Services to distribute to those in need.