June 9 marked the 15th annual Convergint Social Responsibility Day, where the global security integrator shuts down operations to volunteer in local communities across the country. Convergint Technologies donated one day of payroll equaling $575,000 in addition to many thousands of dollars in work supplies and donations.
In all, 2,345 Convergint employees and family members volunteered at 64 local charitable organizations, including food banks, homeless homes and shelters, military family support organizations, animal shelters, therapeutic groups, ministries, and Boys & Girls Clubs.
While 45 percent of volunteers installed donated security-related systems, others landscaped, filled potholes, served food, sorted clothes, painted, poured concrete, built homes, installed fences – and so much more.
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Here’s a small snapshot of some of Convergint's local community projects:
• Parkwood Farms Therapy Center (Snellville, Ga.): Convergint teams installed a security system, built a fence for the horse corral, spread mulch on the riding trails, cleared areas to build a butterfly garden, and split wood for the facility, which provides therapies for children and adults with special needs.
• Save-A-Pet (Grayslake, Ill.): Volunteers installed security cameras, put up a new shed, landscaped and cleaned at the animal shelter for pets that are abused, neglected and injured.
• YMCA Boston: Teams painted shelters, landscaped, cleared paths and trails and improved the facilities and grounds prior to summer camp season.
• North Texas Food Bank: Volunteers packaged food for 90,000 meals for local families in need.
• Central Texas Food Bank: 45 local Convergint team members completed 400 volunteer hours inspecting, cleaning, sorting, boxing and preparing food donations for distribution to partner agencies and the families they serve.
• Shelter Inc. (San Francisco): In addition to painting and landscaping, Convergint volunteers installed video surveillance cameras and emergency lighting for this charitable organization that provides assistance and shelter for struggling families.
Paul Rothman is Editor in Chief of Security Dealer & Integrator (SD&I) magazine. Access the current issue, archives and subscription links at www.secdealer.com.