Stepping Up in a Time of Need

When ravenous wildfires tore through both Northern and Southern California late November of last year, I couldn’t help but find myself glued to the news. Being that the Woolsey Fire happened within the community I grew up in and currently live in, I had a close connection to the devastation that was unfolding right before my eyes...and I wasn’t alone. A majority of Binc’s team resides on the West Coast, more specifically in the Los Angeles and Bay Areas. Every single one of us was either directly impacted or knew someone who was directly impacted by the fires. As a company, we knew we had to find a way to show our support to our community and give back to those in need.     

It was during this time that I was finalizing plans for our annual holiday party and Bincause activity. With the fires top of mind, we shifted our focus and began to seek out organizations whom we could partner up with to donate resources towards fire relief efforts as well as provide comfort to the community around us.

One way we accomplished this was in monetary donations and an employee donation match. For every dollar a member of our team donated to various organizations and family funds related to the fires, Binc matched that amount. Bincers were asked to nominate families affected; families whom they had a personal connection with. At the end of the drive, the money raised was then split up and donated between three different families in the Binc network and an adopted family facilitated through a partnership with Las Virgenes Fire Relief Foundation.

In addition to monetary donations, on the day of our holiday party, we spent our time together working on a service project making no-sew fleece blankets. These blankets were then donated to children whose families lost everything in the Camp and Woolsey Fires. In Northern California, the blankets were sent to First 5 Butte County, and in Southern California, the blankets were delivered to the Las Virgenes Fire Relief Foundation.

Many of the children who benefited the most from the blankets were not only uprooted from their homes but also left behind their favorite blanket in the chaos of getting out before the fires hit. These blankets provided them with warmth and comfort.

Here are some pictures of Bincers in action:

Everyone had a blast making the blankets, and it was a project we all were able to participate in. I have always felt my happiest being at the service of others. I am so proud to be part of an organization that shares my passion for giving and strives day in and day out to have a positive impact in our community, in fact, positive impact is one of our foundational core values.   

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