When we talk about our mission and building valuable careers with our people, we recognize that an essential part of a valuable career is a connection to one’s own sense of purpose. For many of us, that purpose, or passion, goes well beyond the work we do for our clients. From volunteering at food banks and participating in charity runs to creating recycling programs in our offices and collecting donations for grieving communities, our people truly make an impact on our culture, our health, our local communities and the world in which we live. At DHG, we refer to these activities- volunteerism, philanthropy, wellness, inclusion and diversity, sustainability and green initiatives- as DHG Impact, our brand for corporate citizenship and the inspiration behind our DHG Community Impact Awards.
Going Above and Beyond to Make a Difference
In my last blog (Engage 2016) I shared many key takeaways from our Partner Meeting in September, but one of the great highlights of the meeting for me was celebrating the winners of our 2016 DHG Community Impact Awards. The awards were introduced earlier this year as a way to recognize the passion our people have for causes and organizations outside of their career, and the relationships that they have cultivated not only with our people and our clients but also with our broader communities. These awards recognize the impact our people are making across our communities through volunteer hours, and they reinforce the core values that make us who we are as a firm.
During the seven months leading up to the awards presentation, 492 people logged 3,563 volunteer hours via our DHG Gives web platform, which is a true testament to the great impact we are making. At the Partner Meeting we honored two individuals and one of our office teams for their hard work and determination to make a difference in their communities. The recipients are truly deserving of this honor, and I am pleased to share with you their remarkable philanthropic credentials.
Cristen Jones, a manager in the Charleston, SC office, has been actively involved with the Charitable Society of Charleston since 2012, and she currently serves as the Society’s President. In 2013 Cristen was elected Treasurer and was also recognized with the “Outstanding Member of the Year” award. In 2014 she was elected Vice President and served in that role until taking over as the Society’s President. Cristen is very active with One80 Place, East Cooper Meals on Wheels, Sweetgrass Assisted Living Facility and Windwood Farm. She also serves on a grants committee at Coastal Community Foundation to determine funding for various nonprofits in the Charleston community. Another area close to Cristen’s heart is The Green Heart Project, a farm to school program which builds and maintains urban gardens in local schools.
All of our markets are working together day in and day out to make our world a better place. This inherent desire to make an impact has clearly been demonstrated by our Dallas/Fort Worth team, the winner of our 2016 DHG Market Impact Award. During the seven-month competition period, the employees and partners of the Dallas/Fort Worth market worked efficiently to manage client work and achieve performance goals while finding time outside the office to log an impressive number of volunteer hours.
Our mission at DHG is at the heart of everything we do- we build valuable careers with our people and we help our clients achieve their goals, and that includes giving back to our local communities. I congratulate Cristen and the Dallas/Fort Worth market for their selfless efforts and their dedication to living our core values. You are truly an inspiration to all of us!