This year’s Day of Service was our most impactful yet thanks to every employee, guest, retailer and agency partner who gave their time and energy to serve neighbors and nonprofits around us.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--Nov. 28, 2017--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In the most successful DISH Day of Service yet, team members from offices around the country gathered together to make a positive impact on their communities on and around September 30. At the third annual Day of Service, a record 1,343 volunteers provided 3,283 hours of service at 138 events nationwide. This unified day of giving back is part of DISH Cares, the company’s corporate citizenship program, which promotes community engagement and sustainability.
“At DISH, meeting our goal of being the ‘best team’ requires that we not only work tirelessly to support our customers, but that we also come together to support the communities around us,” said Erik Carlson, president and chief operating officer of DISH. “This year’s Day of Service was our most impactful yet thanks to every employee, guest, retailer and agency partner who gave their time and energy to serve neighbors and nonprofits around us.”
DISH team members (and their family and friends), retailers and agency partners volunteered to clean up parks and provide facilities improvements as well as serve local food banks and shelters. Following are select examples of activities across the country:
-Roseland, NJ: Made lunches that served 565 homeless youth in the surrounding community.
-Christiansburg, VA: Served 224 hours sorting and distributing food at a local foodbank, then team members spent the afternoon walking dogs at an animal shelter.
-Denver, CO: Participated in 30 activities across the region, including one in which customer service agents wrote over 150 notes of encouragement to children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
-El Paso, TX: Engaged in six different service activities, including partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a veteran and donating clothes and accessories to outfit more than 150 underserved students for their Homecoming dances.
-Bluefield, WV: Prepared and served hot meals to 108 neighbors.
-Hawthorne, CA: Collected and donated sleeping bags for homeless shelters.
This year, retail partners participated in the Day of Service for the first time, with over 70 retailers giving back to their communities. Dudley Satellite in Caldwell, Ohio partnered with a local high school football team to raise funds for hurricane relief efforts. Cablelink in Carterville, Illinois, joined forces with the local Rotary Club to conduct a food drive benefiting nearby communities, and Northern IL TV in Polo, Illinois collected needed supplies for the local Humane Society.
As the leading provider of Spanish-language programming in the country, DISH is dedicated to serving the Hispanic community. The DishLATINO team, as well as DishLATINO retailers and agency partners nationwide, volunteered at organizations like Girls, Inc., that work to benefit the Hispanic community. Teams from areas such as Denver, El Paso and Miami worked with nonprofits that help the community live the brand’s charge to “Sigue Haciendola,” which translates to “Keep Making It.”
A video recap of the Day of Service is available here.