This Thanksgiving, we at Nexstar are grateful for something our members have in abundance: a giving spirit. Here’s a look at what three (of many) Nexstar members are doing to give back to their communities and engage their employees.
Whipple Service Champions—Salt Lake City, Utah
Around this time of year, Whipple Service Champions gives away a furnace to customers who cannot afford a new one or to other people who reach out in need of assistance. The company reviews each applicant and determines who receives the furnace based on a few factors, such as whether or not the applicants are older or have children. Sometimes, Whipple will give away furnaces to multiple families if there are many applicants who are in need.
But the giving does not stop there. Whipple is currently doing the plumbing and drains for a Habitat for Humanity House, and last spring the company fixed a drain issue for a deployed soldier. He hand delivered an American flag he flew over Afghanistan as a thank you. This Christmas, the company will again be participating in the Salvation Army Angel Tree, a holiday program for children in need. Employees sponsor about seven children each year.
At Whipple, they believe it is important to give back in whatever way possible.
“We find that it improves our employee morale to participate and volunteer to do these types of charity work, and it makes the environment of the shop a happier place to be,” said Jackie Judd, marketing director at Whipple. “We are fortunate enough to be able to give back to the community and appreciate the opportunities we receive to do so.”
Whipple also donates to multiple organizations, including the Utah Food Bank, local fire departments, and high school education programs.
Above & Beyond Electric Company—Bartlett, Tennessee
About five years ago, the Above & Beyond Electric Company held an Above and Beyond Cares (ABC) giveaway, in which customers nominated a nonprofit organization, and Above & Beyond randomly chose a nonprofit from those entries to receive a $500 donation. But Above & Beyond owner Nathan Harmeier saw there was another way to help besides giving money. Now, each year, the Above & Beyond team helps feed the homeless at the St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen in Memphis. This year, in addition to serving meals, the team also brought a bag of clothes and helped organize the soup kitchen’s clothing donation closet.
“We are called to serve and it is our job to go out and be the hands of Christ here, so when we are able to go out there and bless others with time and talents it is truly rewarding,” Nathan said. “We will continue to find ways to give back and help others in our community; hopefully in many other ways when we get the chance.”
The Above & Beyond technicians also carry “blessing bags” in their vans and hand them out when they see someone in need. A blessing bag includes a blessing card, crackers, basic body care essentials such as shampoo and deodorant, and more.
Above & Beyond customers want to get in on the giving, too. Each month, Above & Beyond team members will take turns, on the clock, to deliver Meals on Wheels to the elderly. Sometimes, customers request to ride along on these deliveries. Nathan will then take these customers out to lunch after the deliveries so he can get to know them better, and they him and his business.
Scottco Service Company—Amarillo, Texas
Scottco Service Company has held a heater giveaway for the last several years, which used to be under the guise of “oldest heater contest,” but this year, the company wanted to do something a little bit different. The community had just voted Scottco “Best in Amarillo” in heating and air, and the company wanted to express gratitude to the community in a special way.
The company partnered up with local news station ABC 7 and created a “Thanks-by-giving” contest. The contest took off and received 26 entries. The contest committee, made up of the Scottco leadership team and two ABC 7 representatives, selected the winners. On Nov. 18, team members of Scottco and ABC 7 were able to meet the winners, Mr. and Mrs. Mullins, who have lived in their Amarillo home for 47 years with its original wood furnace. The couple’s new heater will be installed in time for Thanksgiving.
“We truly believe in giving back to the community, whether through our heater giveaway in the fall or through our annual benefit golf tournament in the spring,” said Joanne Montoya, administrative manager at Scottco. “Relationships are important to us and being involved in the community is a Scottco mission.”