November 6, 2018
October is a month full of celebrated holidays such as Halloween, National Breast Cancer Awareness, National Cyber Security Month, and the list goes on. As an employee-owned company, we love when October rolls around because it’s National Employee-Ownership Month (EOM)!
EOM occurs every year in October nationwide. It is an opportunity for companies that have an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) to educate new and existing employees, the public and governmental officials about the benefits of employee ownership. Below are two resources to learn more about employee-ownership month, what is an ESOP, how do they work, and the benefits of being an ESOP company.
At Carl Warren, we celebrated EOM by thanking all our employee-owners for our Company’s accomplishments, educated on the benefits of being an ESOP, and encouraged participation with the culture-building activities. This year, we had a great EOM celebration, and it would not have been a success without the help from our ESOP Education Committee, our EOM Site Coordinators/volunteers, and our employee-owners’ participation.
We kicked-off EOM 2018 with a company-hosted pizza party for our offices. Our ESOP Education Committee planned weekly ESOP Games (Matching, Word Search, Anagrams, Crossword.) We also had fun dress-up Friday’s (CW Spirit Day, Kaleidoscope/60’s Decade Day, Sports Fan Day, Tropical Day, and Halloween) for the entire month. We concluded our EOM fun with a potluck lunch in each office.
More pictures of our EOM celebration can be found on our ESOP page.
As an employee-owner, part of our culture is to give back to the communities that we work and live in. This helps employee-owners build connections within the industry, strengthen our communities, as well as making each person a happier and heart-healthy. Throughout the month, we encouraged each office (as a team) and remote employee to make a difference with a non-profit of the local community. Donations were collected all month long then dropped off by EOM Site Coordinators/volunteers.
Thank you to the following:
– Jean Muscedere, Senior Claims Examiner in Naples, FL, donated to the Collier County Spay and Neuter Clinic, a nonprofit, low-cost/high-volume spay and neuter clinic in Southwest Florida. They provide affordable spay/neuter, vaccination, and wellness services to ALL residents (with no income qualifications.) The Southwest Florida counties included are Collier, Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Charlotte. They never turn away anyone for the inability to pay
– Etse Leng, System Analyst in Winchester, VA, donated to Good Shepherd Alliance, a nonprofit that serves the homeless (and near-homeless) in Loudoun County, VA. They help over 3,000 men, women, and children every year by providing beds at nights and stable housing.
– Phoenix Office: donated to Arizona Animal Welfare League, Arizona’s largest no-kill shelter that rescues, rehabilitates, and rehomes over 4,000 dogs and cats that have been abandoned or been surrendered by their owners.
– Riverside Office: donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Riverside(Feeding America), a nonprofit that provides wholesome food and fresh produce to over 800,000 hungry children, seniors, veterans and families of Riverside and San Bernardino every month, and to the Kaden Chromies team of the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County(DSAOC), a non-profit one-stop-shop for all things Down Syndrome-related. They help create connections, promote awareness through community outreach. They even offer programs, services, and support to families who had or were expecting babies with Down Syndrome. Every year, they host the Annual OC Buddy Walk of the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County(DSAOC). The Riverside office donated to Kaden Chromies to support Kaden Cameron.
– San Bernardino Office: donated to Option House, Inc. an organization that provides 24-hour emergency crisis intervention, temporary emergency shelter, food, clothing, and support services to victims of family and domestic violence.
– Tustin Office: donated to Charity on Wheels, a local nonprofit homeless outreach whose mission is to get people off the streets. Charity on Wheels visits the homeless and invites them to gatherings. Social gatherings help establish relationships to better asses those who might be ready to make a change. With the number of homeless in Orange County growing rapidly, it is difficult to reintroduce people back into society (and the workplace) who have been traumatized by life on the streets.
Over the course of EOM 2018, our employee-owners were able to learn more about the Company, the benefits of being an ESOP, their colleague’s spirit of fun, and most importantly, what it means to be an employee-owner. Want to learn more about our ESOP? Please visit our ESOP page.