We do more than just develop software and talk about the Simpsons, Futurama, and Family Guy around here. We also like to contribute to our community and help serve those around us too. That’s why we wanted to share a few of the ways PDQ gives back. Nearly two years ago PDQ.com introduced VTO (Volunteer Time Off) to its employees. And this year PDQ.com submitted a charitable donation to a local food pantry that provides meals to underprivileged children and families.
The Bountiful Food Pantry provides food packets to kids who may not get food on non-school days. Each packet contains two days worth of meals (six meals). The food pantry distributes about 10,000 packs per month. They also serve numerous schools in the area.
This year, our company donated over $5,000 to the Bountiful Food Pantry to assist in providing meals to the underprivileged kids in our community. Pretty awesome right?!
PDQ.com employees get three days of paid VTO each year, which can go toward volunteering for any given charity or organization of our choice. What can we say, we not only want to create awesome software but build up great people and places too.
Shawn, our CEO, used his VTO at a local food packaging organization called, The Mill. They made pancake and granola mixes. The Mill then donates these food items to refugees fleeing war-ravaged countries. While there, Shawn and other volunteers made enough mixes for over 20,000 pancake meals and 30,000 granola meals (one of the few non-perishable food items that can be carried and easily prepared by refugees).
Our Enterprise Engineer, Jason used his VTO by helping feed the homeless. He and his family handed out $200 worth of pizza and additional hygiene kits to the homeless population right here in Salt Lake City.
Stephanie is apart of our Sales team and used her VTO in two different ways last year. She volunteered for the American Red Cross by preparing for and donating blood at a local blood drive. While there, Stephanie was also influential in coaching and encouraging anxious donors. Stephanie made a difference as she also volunteered her time and efforts with the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake City during their annual New Year’s party and gathering for the homeless citizens in the city.
Hopefully, we didn’t bore you to death reading about some of the things we are doing as a company and what some of our employees are doing to make a difference in our community. Like I said earlier, PDQ.com believes in more than just creating a pretty kick butt software, we also want to influence others for the better and preserve the great city we get to build a business in.
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