Giving Back in the Communities Where We Live
Our individual business units are responsible for determining which organizations and causes matter most to them, as well as how best to support them through either monetary donations and/or volunteering.
TSS Provides Meals for the Homeless
A warm meal and a bed for the night. Even in one of the worlds wealthiest countries, there are people that have to do without at Christmas time. For more than a decade, the Koken Verbindt initiative by Henny Heijmans has provided 10,000 meals for the homeless in Amsterdam at zero cost. This year a few of our TSS M&A colleagues had the honor of providing fifty of those meals.
Contour Supports Those Impacted By Floods
Our Contour employees wanted to make a difference for those impacted by the devasting floods in Pakistan and came together to raise $37,000 in support of the cause.
Perseus Sponsors a Family in Need
Our Perseus Group employees used their 2022 holiday get together to give back to the local community, by sponsoring a family in need through the Boys and Girls Club of Durham (Canada). Employees donated prizes towards a raffle and generously purchased raffle tickets, raising over 1,000! All the proceeds were used to purchase items from the family’s Christmas wish list and several employees wrapped and hand delivered the gifts to the family.
Perseus Business Units Raise Funds for Multiple Causes
Several business units within our Perseus operating group stepped up to support those in need – raising funds for the safe transport and shelter for six months for a family of four from Kharkiv, Ukraine as well as supporting a fellow co-worker who walked 55 miles over 18 hours to raise funds for the Terry Fox Foundation (cancer research) – all funds raised by our employees were matched by Perseus.
Supporting Our Future Leaders
The Harris Ambulatory Group organized a Backpack Bonanza to help under-served kids who are in foster care or experiencing family insecurity. Working with Bethany Services of Southern New England, they filled backpacks with much needed supplies and hygiene products. Funds were raised through a combination of external fundraising and corporate matching of employee donations.
Volunteering our time to support our communities
Harris’ HLG (Harris Local Government) employees volunteered some of their time with The Dream Center, who offer emergency assistance to those in crisis in South Carolina, with a focus on encouraging, educating, and empowering people with a hand-up instead of a handout. Our employees spent the day working on the grounds laying mulch, trimming shrubs, and doing other gardening tasks. Some also went into their Santa Shop which is in an old school building and freshened up the walls with a new coat of paint.
The team at HLG also worked with Garrett’s Place, who serve foster children and families by providing basic needs, emotional support, and community. They provide suitcases, clothes, books, toys, school supplies, and other items to children entering the foster system. Our employee volunteers pitched in to lend a helping hand by organizing and cleaning.
Harris PulseCheck Packs Meals to Support Those in Need
The Harris PulseCheck team, including family members, worked with the Feed My Hungry Children organization by volunteering to pack meals to support those in need.
Harris Corporate Team Participates in HOPE Volleyball Fundraiser
Members of the Harris corporate team took time out of their Saturday to play some volleyball and support HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) to raise funds for more than 200 local charities and programs. The Harris team has been supporting HOPE since 2016 and were happy to return to celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary, after a COVID hiatus.
The Volaris Cup
Volaris together with several of their business units come together for an annual tournament – the Volaris Cup. This is an internal fundraiser for Make a Wish Foundation and Special Olympics. Together their employees, along with operating group matching, have raised over $40,000 in support these charities - charities selected by employees.
Jonas UK and the British bulldog
On an annual basis, our Jonas UK portfolio selects one charity towards which their employees focus their fund-raising events and activities. In 2021 their charity was the Campaign Against Living Miserably (C.A.L.M), which stands against suicide, standing against feeling hopeless, standing up to stereotypes and standing together to show life is always worth living. The portfolio awards their “Benefactor” trophy (a stoic bulldog nicknamed Ben) to the business unit that raises the most funds, on a per capita basis.
During Girls' Day, our Topicus operating group, working with other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) companies open their doors to girls aged 10 to 15. The girls participate in organized activities, meet female employees and learn more about STEM work. The goal of Girls' Day is to introduce and engage girls between the ages of 10 and 15 about STEM, engineering and IT. At their most recent Girls’ Day Topicus welcomed 20 girls from secondary schools near their offices.
Employee Referral Donations
While many of our business units have employee referral programs, our Topicus operating group has combined giving back to their communities with the customer markets they serve. For every new colleague introduced by one of their existing employees, they make a donation to social initiatives related to the markets served by their customers.
Remembering A Colleague
Since 2016, our Trapeze portfolio group has participated in Light the Night, a walk to fight blood cancers. Light the Night brings communities across Canada together for one magical evening to share stories, remember loved ones lost and pay tribute to our heroes, bringing light, love and hope to dispel the darkness of blood cancers. Team Trapeze walks in memory of Vicki Osborne, a colleague we lost to Acute Myloid Leukemia.
TSS Public Gives Back
Our TSS Public portfolio engages in several activities in support of multiple charities and organizations. Their 'bike to work day', where employees get sponsored per kilometer, supports KiKA (children cancer-free foundation). The portfolio also works with their customers to provide support to the Red Cross for those who complete NPS (net promoter score) surveys. In working with the Brain Foundation and their ”Ommetje Bedrijven Challenge” our employees raised awareness, had some fun and also raised funds in support of the ALS Foundation.
Volaris & Sick Kids
Since 2012, Volaris and Trapeze portfolio group employees have been participating in the Hospital for Sick Kids Beachvolley Ball Beach tournaments in Toronto, Canada to raise money in support of their research. All participant donations are matched by Volaris.