In times of crisis, we often turn to those people or things that provide us comfort – our families, a favorite food, or even a childhood book. Dr. Seuss is one of those authors who takes important life lessons and simplifies them for a broader audience. Consider The Lorax, for example, a book that is approaching its half-centennial, which chronicles the plight of the environment and encourages readers that personal care and active involvement are essential to improving the situation at hand. Without caring for others, and thus our world, Dr. Seuss comments, conditions will not get better.
All of us at ASGN have been touched by the ripple effects of COVID-19. As we band together our families, we also ask how we can help those most in need in our communities. We, like Dr. Seuss, believe that helping others by donating our time and resources will propel the world back to as close to pre-COVID-19 conditions as possible.
We’d like to take a moment to thank all of our amazing employees for your selflessness in supporting others during such a difficult time. We now share with you these employees’ significant efforts to help those communities in which we work bear their own financial and health burdens.
Oxford Gives Back
Doctors, nurses, and all frontline workers have seen their worlds turned upside down in a matter of days. Employees in our Oxford Segment could not sit back at a time as vulnerable as this, and so they joined together to donate to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, a global effort to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. Members of the Oxford family did not stop there. They donated blood, made homemade masks for hospitals workers, and contributed hand sanitizers to healthcare facilities and clients in need. In an effort to stay connected with our U.S. philanthropic partner, the American Cancer Society (ACS), Oxford found ways to support ACS’s healthcare workers and cancer patient fundraising efforts in light of COVID-19. In addition, some Oxford team members volunteered at local food banks helping safely distribute meals to those less fortunate.
Apex Makes Its Mark
Nurses across the U.S. are battling grueling 12-hour shifts, often with no time for sustenance. Our amazing team at Apex Systems took this situation to heart and, in less than 24 hours, members of our Denver office raised funds to purchase nutritious snacks and personally assembled snack boxes for the hard-working nurses at the Denver and UCHealth Systems. Each hospital received much needed food items from healthy drinks to trail mix and protein bars in hopes of sustaining our first responders through their long shifts.
Apex System’s Georgia office spearheaded an effort across the Delta Region to help struggling families who unfortunately do not have the proper finances to pay their medical bills and still afford groceries and gas. This same team came together to support families in Florida, Birmingham and Nashville with similar needs.
In Texas, Apex Systems made a grant to Metrocrest Services, a charity that provides funding for food pantries, rent, utilities and other key services, particularly for the elderly, in the Dallas County region. In Kansas City, the Apex team volunteered at a local food bank preparing and serving meals to community members.
Across the country in Los Angeles, Creative Circle partnered with No Kid Hungry to try to find a much-needed solution to child hunger. More than 30 million children across the U.S. rely on free lunch programs offered by the public school systems. With schools across the country temporarily closed, this has created a tremendous void in the ability for many children to continue to receive proper nutrition. We are so proud to partner with No Kid Hungry to provide 10,000 meals to children in need.
ECS Leads Critical Relief
Through the ECS Segment’s corporate philanthropy program, ECS Cares, members of the ECS team have joined together to support a number of charities that provide critical nourishment, including No Kid Hungry, Meals on Wheels, and Feeding America. In addition to a dearth of healthy food, the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) is of great concern in our country. ECS Cares has contributed to Direct Relief® a charity that is coordinating with public health authorities, non-profits and businesses to provide PPE and other essential medical supplies to health care workers responding to COVID-19.
Our ECS Segment provides mission critical IT support to our Federal Defense and Civilian government agencies. ECS Cares has therefore also made contributions to leading military charities, including Operation Gratitude, the largest non-profit in the country for hands-on volunteerism in support of military, veterans and first responders, and the PenFed Foundation, the first national Veterans Service Organization to launch a COVID-19 relief program for emergency financial assistance.
Together We Are Stronger
In March 2020, just as much of the world transitioned to shelter-in-place orders, ASGN announced its inaugural Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report. We have five guiding principles that reflect the ESG opportunities most relevant to our business model and key stakeholders. The fourth principle is Social Responsiblity, around creating a positive impact for our stakeholders and communities through meaningful engagement, charitable contribution, and volunteerism. Our entire team’s efforts to bring some sense of normalcy and comfort to communities in need during such an uncertain time in our world speaks volumes to this principle of Society. Our efforts are far from complete, but remember if “you don’t care an awful lot, nothing is going to get better.” Consider joining us in our cause for caring and find ways to give back to those in need in your own communities. Together we will weather this storm, and together we will be stronger!