Three Cities; Three Ways ImageFIRST Gives Back
The charitable efforts that ImageFIRST engages in are as varied as its people – as Textile Services Weekly learned after receiving a series of news releases outlining volunteer efforts by ImageFIRST staff in Philadelphia, Chicago and Tampa, FL.
The latter effort was perhaps the most touching … Duane Hamlin of the Tampa office donated 10 inches of his hair to Locks of Love, a charitable group that prepares human hair wigs for cancer patients, particularly children who lose their hair as a result of chemotherapy. “Duane had sported long silver locks for many years, but was thrilled to donate some of his mane to a worthy cause,” the release said. “His sacrifice shocked his friends and family, but he felt giving back was worth more.” Locks of Love believes that giving a cancer patient, especially a child, his or her hair back can help boost their confidence and self-esteem as they undergo treatments designed to help them regain their health.
Another ImageFIRST associate, Scott Majewski, has combined his charitable work with a favorite pastime – running. He recently accepted a post on the board of directors of “Back on My Feet Chicago.” This group stages activities, including running events, in which the proceeds go to programs that help homeless people improve their lives through jobs and housing opportunities. Majewski, general manager for the Chicago office of ImageFIRST also contributes to the local Ronald McDonald House Charities by donating laundry services for the linens that guests use at the home while their children are receiving medical treatment at area hospitals.
“He has exemplified the company’s belief in giving back to the community through is relationships with both Ronald McDonald House Charities and Back on My Feet,” the release said of Majewski.
A third charitable effort by ImageFIRST associates recently took place in Philadelphia. There, the corporate office celebrated “All Associate Day” by engaging in a team-building effort dubbed the “Tour de France.” The program featured teams of six employees who competed in different challenges, such as agility and knowledge of company trivia. Afterward, the teams assembled five bicycles that were donated to low-income children through the local Boys & Girls Club.
“We did something truly remarkable by giving these kids something they would probably never have as a child,” said an unnamed associate. “To describe their reactions won’t do it justice. What you should know is that hugs and thank yous poured in from the five kids.” To learn more, click here, here and here.