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The values of giving back to community

Posted on: February 8th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | 1 Comment

Image of sad and hungry child.Fact: Nearly a quarter of a million Oregonians suffer from hunger “insufficiency.” So why would Oregon Travel Experience care about a United States Department of Agriculture report on hunger? For one thing, with figures this high, it means that most likely someone in your own neighborhood is either skipping meals or going an entire day without food. One in four children will go to bed hungry and that’s one too many as far as our employees are concerned.

OTE employees actively sought inclusion in the 2012 Governor’s State Employees Food Drive. As part of their mission to uphold the organizational values, employees recognize that the OTE brand standard of purpose and the internal value of teamwork­ extend to the communities they live and work in.

Employees also embrace the organizational promise to possess an entrepreneurial spirit within a publicly responsible organization. These principles are carried forth into any agency sanctioned employee activities—especially when solutions are generated.

OTE highway business sign customers contribute

Image of Figaro's Pizza H.E.L.P. Program.While only 36 employees strong, OTE knows its contributions to the Governor’s Food Drive make a difference. One of the activities employees will host is a pizza sale.  All profits  will be donated to the food drive. OTE also hoped it could persuade one of their highway business sign customers, Figaro’s Pizza, to partner in the event.

Why Figaro’s? OTE happens to share the same office building as the corporate offices for Figaro’s—and, our Director of Sales Harry Falisec just happens to know Figaro’s President Rick Glenn. Harry called Rick and asked if he would like to donate pizzas for the OTE food drive. Rick then phoned several Figaro’s franchise stores in the Salem area and asked if they would like to participate. Independent owners donated $40 in pizza coupons to OTE so that employees could sell the slices to raise money.

Figaro’s is a regular contributor to Oregon communities. Their Helping Education with Love & Pizza (H.E.L.P.) Program makes grants available to schools with projects that improve student learning.  They also believe strongly in community involvement and helping church youth groups, bands, athletic teams, and local affiliates of national health organizations.

If you are an educator or a non-profit interested in the H.E.L.P. Program, grant applications are available on Figaro’s website at http://www.figaros.com/h-e-l-p/.

For more information on how to participate or donate to the Governor’s State Employee Food Drive, visit the official drive site http://www.oregon.gov/FOODDRIVE/.

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- Comment left on: February 8th, 2012 at 10:50 am

I am so proud to say I work for an amazing agency who help those in need in our community and it feels great to give!

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