"Is the rich world aware of how four billion of the six billion live? If we were aware, we would want to help out, we'd want to get involved." - quote by Bill Gates, business magnate, philanthropist and cofounder of Microsoft Corporation
I feel lucky to work for a company that understands how important it is to help out and get involved. At BKV, our work is not only about making a profit. BKV has a strong tradition of giving back to the community. Here's an overview of just some of the organizations BKV-Kansas City has worked with during the past five years I've worked here.
Harvesters Community Food Network
Harvesters Community Food Network is the Kansas City area's only food bank. It provides emergency food assistance to as many as 66,000 people a week in 26 counties throughout Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas. In 2009, Harvesters distributed 36.6 million pounds of food. Each year BKV employees help Harvesters by donating non-perishable food items, cash, personal hygiene and household items during the holiday season. Employees also donate time by helping with the sorting of donated food and household goods at the Harvesters headquarters in Kansas City..
To learn more about Harvesters Community Food Network's "creative, holistic approach to solving the problem of hunger", visit their website at :
American Cancer Society - Coaches vs. Cancer
BKV CEO Rick Skaggs leads our efforts to support Coaches vs. Cancer, "a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer." Coaches vs. Cancer has raised nearly $50 million to support the American Cancer Society. Here at BKV Kansas City, we've been busy developing the promotional materials for the Coaches vs. Cancer Season Tipoff Cocktail Reception to be held in October in Kansas City, Mo.
Click here for more details about Coaches vs. Cancer's efforts to support the ACS in its work to help those whose lives have been touched by cancer:
Sheffield Place is a Kansas City, Missouri, women's shelter "with the mission to empower single mothers with children to break out of the cycle of homelessness and poverty and become self-sufficient." Sheffield Place provides long-term shelter and comprehensive services to women and their children. Sheffield Place will celebrate their 20-year anniversary in 2011. The organization was founded in 1991 and has served more than 480 families since its opening. BKV Senior Vice President/Director of Client Service Susan Reiter has been an influential leader in our work as a Community Partner of Sheffield Place. BKV produces Sheffield Place press releases, business cards and stationery and designs the organization's quarterly newsletter UpWords. This spring BKV redesigned the Sheffield Place newsletter, logo and tag line. BKV also helps by sponsoring volunteer days where BKV employees donate their time at Sheffield Place to assist with projects such as light maintenance, landscaping work, painting fences, etc.
To learn more about how Sheffield Place has helped empower single mothers and their children, visit their website at :
I'm proud to work for an organization that places such a high priority on giving back to the community. At BKV we're passionate about direct marketing and we're passionate about helping others as well.