We support company-wide fund-raisers, offer each employee volunteer time to be used during the workday, and provide Corporate Matching Funds to help our staff support charities of their choosing.
Our staff volunteer their time, individually, or in small groups, with regional charities that are close to their hearts. We have participated in Earth Day Cleanups, Arbor Day tree plantings, The Humane Society Walk for Animals, and food shelf staffing, to name a few.
Merjent supports Twin Cities-based Second Harvest Heartland with an annual food drive and fund-raising event. Activities at each year’s event are built around a fun theme that promotes comradery and competition. We challenge each other to see who can raise the most funds or collect the most food and supplies. Annual Food Drive themes have ranged from the 2012’s “Kentucky Derby, Race to the Finish”, to 2015’s “Off to the Movies”. Our fundraisers, including Chili Cook-offs, Pet Olympics, and Music Trivia Contests, have successfully raised thousands of dollars and hundreds of pounds of food and supplies to support this great charity. For more information check out http://www.2harvest.org/.
For several years Merjent team members volunteered their time reading to kindergartners and first graders at the Marcy Elementary School in Northeast Minneapolis. We participated in a mentorship program that partnered adults with early elementary students in high-poverty neighborhood schools for weekly one-to-one reading sessions over the lunch hour. The kids were always eager to see us and, over the years, we formed close bonds with our young reading buddies. Educators tell us that there is a clear and dramatic link between early childhood reading and later success in school and beyond.
Over the past few years, individual employee contributions and corporate matching funds have been donated to a wide variety of charitable organizations, including:
Animal Humane Society
Bismarck Historical Society ND
Cannon Valley Trail
Children’s Hospital Cancer Kids
Friendship Trays NC
Infant Crisis Services OK
Kids In Need Twin Cities
My Team Triumph Twin Cities
Paws for Unseen Disabilities WI
People and Pets Together
Red Rover CA
Schools on Wheels CA
Second Hand Hounds
Second Harvest Heartland
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Tucson Cold Wet Noses AZ
Youth on Their Own