Because we are committed to fostering diversity and inclusion, CHG encourages its people to create Employee Network Groups. Employees are welcome to use company resources, as well as $500 per year, to form groups based on their personal interests.
From gun safety to conquering cancer, each of CHG's Employee Network Groups provide a way to establish meaningful relationships with co-workers. There are now 30 Employee Network Groups across all of our offices, with more than 800 employees participating.
Each week we'll highlight a different group and what they do to make a difference in our employees' lives and throughout the community.
This week we learn about the Hero Appreciation Employee Network Group. Here's what group leader Nick Maddaloni had to say.
What's your Employee Network Group about?
Hero Appreciation provides all CHG Employees with opportunities to support and express gratitude for those who've served our country and have given so much of themselves. Our goal is to develop and deploy resources to support active duty military members, veterans and their families while promoting awareness of the U.S. armed forces through philanthropic efforts.
Why did you start this group?
This group was started due to some interest among CHG employees here in the Fort Lauderdale office. During roadshows and annual meetings, we were consistently hearing our people's desire to do more for both Veterans and active-duty service members here in the community.
How often do you meet?
We typically meet quarterly, however, through our partnership with Mission United/United Way, our members are constantly finding ways to contribute.
What kind of activities do you participate in?
We're involved in:
‚Ä¢ Community outreach
‚Ä¢ Veterans networking events
‚Ä¢ Backpack drives for families with school-aged children
‚Ä¢ Care package drives for deployed troops (along with Just in Queso and Mission United)
‚Ä¢ Mentorship and success coaching for Veterans who are transitioning into the civilian workforce
What do you have planned for the future?
We are constantly looking for new opportunities to further our impact. In addition, to ongoing needs for community outreach and success coaching, we currently have the following events on our calendar:
Sun., Sept. 13: The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk in downtown Fort Lauderdale
Sun., Sept. 20: Alvin Sherman Librart at NSU Campus (Mission United table for Q&A)
Sat., Oct. 24: The United Way of Broward County's Mayors' Gala (benefiting Mission United)
Tues., Nov. 10: The Project Courage 5K Buddy Run/Walk at Hollywood Beach