ACE Program Supports Emergency Preparedness for Catholic Charities (published 1/2011)
The Aeritae Community Engagement team (ACE) was formed as an outreach for Aeritae employees to contribute to the local community through volunteerism. The ACE team is engaged in the following activities:
Second Harvest: America’s Second Harvest, The Nation’s Food Bank Network, is the nation’s largest charitable hunger-relief organization. A network of more than 200 member food banks and food-rescue organizations, The America’s Second Harvest Network secures and distributes more than 2 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. Click HERE for more info.
Sharing and Caring Hands: Sharing and Caring Hands was founded in 1985 by Mary Jo Copeland as a safety-net organization to help those who could not obtain help from the welfare system. This group provides meals, clothing, showers, shelter, transportation help, rent deposits, rent help, medical assistance, dental care, furniture, school expenses, funeral assistance, and other miscellaneous needs. They receive no government or United Way funding and rely solely on donations to do their work. http://www.sharingandcaringhands.org
HIRED: HIRED, founded in 1968, is a leading Twin Cities area provider of job-skills training and employment training. HIRED assists disadvantaged people and other job seekers to become qualified for and obtain employment. http://www.hired.org . HIRED provides the Aeritae Team with an opportunity for skills-based volunteering. The relationship with a non-profit organization allows Aeritae to contribute directly to their success by using our IT and business-process skills to support a community-based organization that provides jobs to thousands annually. Aeritae’s mentoring is helping their organization develop a new application and the related business processes that integrate business with IT.
Aeritae Consulting Recognized for Culture of Significant Contribution: Aeritae has won the 2007 Best Practices in People & Workplace award presented by the Upsize Minnesota Magazine. The judges considered Aeritae’s efforts to foster a culture of “significant contribution” to be one of 6 Best Practices spotlighted during the 2007 Upsize Business Builder Awards featuring some of the fastest-growing and most innovative companies in Minnesota. The judges were impressed by Aeritae’s examples of how ideas from employees are being implemented and how employees are giving back to the community through skills-based volunteering (HIRED) and service volunteering (Second Harvest, Sharing and Caring Hands).