April '20

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3 4 P R I N T W E A R A P R I L 2 0 2 0 JDS INDUSTRIES From their headquarters in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, JDS par- ticipates in a series of projects to give back to the local community. The company has an Employee Relations team that chooses local non-profits to work with, like the St. Francis House of Sioux Falls, a program that helps individuals move out of poverty into self- sufficient living. For that organization, the company collected do- nations at the office with monthly themes like back to school and clothing drives to meet the foundation's needs. The company has also worked with the local Boys & Girls Club and The Banquet, a place that serves free meals to those in need. During the holiday season, JDS chips in with a giving tree. "(W)e sponsor a local charity to give gifts for those in need dur- ing the holiday season," explains Cheryl Loban, communications specialist at JDS. "We have had a giving tree for St. Francis House, Sioux Falls Humane Society, and Active Generations." WHY DOES THE COMPANY CHOOSE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THESE ORGANI- ZATIONS/PROJECTS? Loban explains that JDS follows the Six Pillars of Character "which reflect universal values that help people make good choices." "These six pillars are Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship," she adds. "Being involved al- lows us the opportunity to make our community better, show that we care about others, and make a difference." WHAT ARE THE LONG-TERM GOALS OF BEING PART OF THESE ENDEAV- ORS? "Our long-term goal is to make a positive impact in our com- munity and continue to work with a range of outreach programs," comments Loban. "Whether it's through donating items or our time, we know that every minute and donation counts. We live in a great community and want to give back any way we can." WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR EMPLOYEES AND PEERS LEARN FROM THIS? "We hope that our team learns that part of being a member of the best awards, recognition, and personalization supplier in the industry comes with the responsibility of being a caring citizen and that there are so many different ways you can give back to your community," stresses Loban, adding that JDS hopes staff sees that "there are so many fun and different ways that you can give back to your community." "For those that just don't have enough time in the day to volun- teer time, bringing the projects into the workplace is a great way to get everyone in the company involved," notes Loban. "It is always a positive experience for both charities and the employees." COMMUNITYOUTREACH

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