Throughout our 27+ years of business, we’ve had the opportunity to give back in meaningful ways on an ongoing
basis to our community and the charities our clients and we support. We’ve had the great privilege to give
over $1,000,000 in monetary assistance to various charities as well as being able to participate in a number of
community service initiatives each year.
As a company we actively participate in a variety of charitable activities:
US-Reports welcomed the cold winds of fall with some delicious grilled cheese and soup, provided by the Cheese Louise Food Truck. Cheese Louise was the US-Reports Human Resources Department’s creative version of a food truck. It served grilled cheese sandwiches with a side of soup and any tips that were provided were donated to The Homelessness Prevention Initiative in Fort Collins.
The Homelessness Prevention Initiative is a non-profit in Fort Collins that helps to provide aid to families in need with the hopes to prevent them from becoming homeless. US-Reports was able to collect over a hundred dollars in donations. As always, we are forever thankful for the wonderful, giving hearts of our employees.
The Thanksgiving holiday is a time that allows us to shine a light on gratitude; it helps remind all of us of the wonderful
things in our lives. This year we decided to share the giving feeling by creating Thanksgiving dinner boxes that would be given to
those who are less fortunate this season.
We collected ingredients for green bean casserole, 3-ingredient pumpkin cookies, mashed potatoes, rolls, sparkling cider, and gravy. We also collected monetary donations that went towards purchasing turkeys. We were able to collect enough for 3 Thanksgiving dinners and more. We were able to donate the remainder of the money to the Homelessness Prevention Initiative.
Teddy Bear Patrol
Twenty-two teddy bears were donated from the US-Reports family this fall to the Teddy Bear Patrol! Teddy Bear Patrol is a month long event in the Northern Colorado area. It is put on by 911FRS which is a charitable organization that has been helping local police, fire and EMS departments through donations and events since 2014. Teddy Bear Patrol collects Teddy Bears to go on patrol with first responders. The teddy bears are then given to children that are involved in trauma situations. This fall, US-Reports welcomed autumn by enjoying a Pumpkin Pancake breakfast, while collecting some huggable, furry friends.
The Matthews House
The Matthews House was the recent recipient of 42 handmade pillowcases donated by US-Reports. Each year the team members of US-Reports participate in a companywide Spirit Week to celebrate the founding and culture of the company. During Spirit Week, a day is set aside to perform service for the community. Recently, the company participated in the 1-Million Pillowcase Challenge, a nationwide challenge to make and donate 1 million pillowcases. Tracey Ryssman, VP of Human Resources, said, “Our employees look forward every year to joining together as a team and giving back in a meaningful way. Cutting, pinning, and sewing the pillowcases was one of our all time best service activities. Many of our male employees discovered a skill they didn’t know they had.”
The Matthews House is a non-profit organization that empowers young adults and families in transition to navigate difficulties on the road to self-sufficiency. Many of the individuals in the program are or have been part of the human services, foster care, and/or justice system. Many have also lived in generational poverty. The staff at the Matthews house started a project where they created bins for teens that are moving into their first apartments. The bins contained sheets, toiletries, kitchen basics, and other apartment necessities. Each bin also had a handmade pillowcase to provide a sense of home and comfort, courtesy US-Reports.
SuperStars Partners Sports Challenge
The US-Reports Fighting Hedgehogs arrived at Fossil Creek Park on a warm and sunny Saturday to participate in the SuperStars Sports Challenge, put on by Partners Mentoring Youth. We all gathered under the picnic area to enjoy some pre-game bagels, oranges, bananas and fruit juice. Greg Soffe, the event coordinator led us in an opening ceremony explaining to us the rules of the event. Volleyball was our first event and we lost our first game, but it was very close. We won our second volleyball game but failed to win the third. We scored 10 points for the winning game. The next event was Dodge ball. We really came out throwing some heat! You couldn’t have been more proud of our team, we fought a good fight and won 2 out of 3 games! The third event was Bocce Ball. We played against a clever bunch of Civil Engineers who plotted every kind of scheme to beat us, but we took them 2 out of 3! We then had a small break for hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch. The last event, which was the most ridiculous, was the Big Wheel Race. These bikes were equipped with two opposing handgrips that you had to push forward and backward to turn the bike left and right. No smooth sailing in this one. We certainly didn’t get any points for this race. Our team witnessed skid-outs, 180’s, and bikes driving over every cone on the course while teammates were falling completely off the bikes. We probably scored absolutely last in this event, but even with the worst time in the big wheel event, it was our fundraising that took us to the top! We scored 3rd place overall in the team fundraiser at $2,166.00 raised and one team member received 3rd place for an individual fundraising effort of $800! Both our team and our team member were recognized for their efforts. Overall, between all the sports events and the fundraising, Team US-Reports scored 7th place out of 30 in our first year working with Partners Mentoring Youth! It was a great day!
Homelessness Prevention Initiative
The Homelessness Prevention Initiative provides rental assistance to members of our community who face the loss of their housing through unforeseen emergencies.
- Our most recent goal was to raise enough funds to help 5 local families from becoming homeless
- We reached our goal by helping 5 local families through a variety of fundraising activities such as $1 jeans day, summer casual, an employee car wash, an employee BBQ and more
- It was a great success and we plan to do more with this charity in the future
The mission of the Homeless Gear is a simple one. They collect unwanted outdoor gear such as sleeping bags and backpacks and re-distribute these items to the homeless. They have monthly collection events at which the USR employees love to give their time and efforts.
Loveland Community Kitchen
Employees of USR volunteer their time at the Community Soup Kitchen. The kitchen serves meals for those who are who hungry for food and conversation. Employees also created a training video for the volunteer groups that work at the soup kitchen.
Habitat for Humanity Cans for Habitat
Cans for Habitat is an ongoing recycling project at USR. In each of our break rooms employees drop their empty soda cans in recycling boxes provided by Habitat. The money generated from the collected and recycled aluminum goes towards funding Habitat homes in the Fort Collins area. Recently, we collected over 50 bags of cans!
Ronald McDonald House Pop Tab Collection Program
US-Reports collects the pop-tops from cans to donate to the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House serves as a home away from home for many families whose children are seriously ill and are undergoing treatment at a hospital in Denver.
A specific jar is located in each employee break room for employees to deposit their pop-tops. The Ronald McDonald Houses collects pop tabs instead of entire aluminum cans because the tabs are pure high-quality aluminum, unlike cans, which consist of aluminum and other alloys.
MORE US-REPORTS COMMUNITY SERVICES ACTIVITIES
A Monster to Love
What could be more fun than creating and giving away 50 Monsters to Fort Collins children who really need a monster to love? Yeah, that’s what we thought too. US-Reports teamed up with A Monster to Love for a "Monster Sew" event where 50 stuffed monster dolls were created and sewn to donate to Realities for Children.
The event was part of a recent US-Reports annual anniversary celebration. Each year, USR celebrates its anniversary by holding a variety of employee events and service activities during what it calls “Spirit Week” (which sometimes turns into “Spirit Month” because our team really loves getting involved in these rewarding service activities).
“We were thrilled about the opportunity to work with the Monsters to Love team; they have a wonderful philosophy of giving back, and everyone who sees the Monsters falls in love with them," said Tracey Ryssman, Vice President of Human Resources.
The service day provided the opportunity for everyone to get involved in making a difference in the community, regardless of their sewing abilities, creativity, or resources.
Ben, Sam, and Ray Tollison started A Monster to Love in November of 2011, with the simple idea that every child should have a monster to love. Ben and Sam are the real-life 11-year-old "monster" twins of Ray Tollison and were the inspiration for the idea of creating monster dolls for children in need of a monster to love. Each monster doll created has a twin, and when one monster doll is purchased, its monster twin is donated to a child in need of a monster to love.
Almost every month our departments team together to serve at the soup kitchen in our community. It provides a great way to serve in the community and build stronger bonds as a team.
For several years USR has collected shoes during the holidays to donate to the local Homeless Gear collection group and Able Women’s closet along with other local charities. Recently, there were 50 pairs of shoes donated, including many pairs that had never been worn.
1 Million Pillowcase Challenge
Our employees participated in making pillowcases as part of the nationwide 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. The 42 handmade pillowcases were donated to the Fort Collins Matthews House, a transition facility that provides life skill training and mentoring for at-risk youth. The pillowcases, along with a basket of sheets, dishes, clothes and other items, are given to the youth as they leave the program and transition to living on their own.
This was one of our most memorable and successful service projects yet!
Each fall our employees celebrate the season in a new and creative way. We recently held a Fall Festival. Everyone enjoyed a lunch of soup and grilled cheese sandwiches and desserts made by our employees. We were invaded by gnomes from all over the continent celebrating Halloween who had a great time hangin’ with each other and enjoyed playing pin the hat on the turkey and Halloween bingo. A raffle was held for the event to raise money for the Homelessness Prevention Initiative.
US-Reports Spirit Weeks
Our employees got into the spirit during a Spirit Week by participating in a variety of activities such as Crazy Hat Day, Movie Day and Game Day. Along with our daily activities, our employees were challenged to design an anniversary logo that could be made into a shirt. Employees were able to purchase the shirts and the proceeds were donated to the Homelessness Prevention Initiative.
Summer Employee Car Wash
This is an annual tradition where our executives and managers wash our employees’ cars as a way to earn money for one of our charities. Our employees look forward to this every year!
Homeless Gear Collection
Employees at US-Reports love volunteering at Homeless Gear collection sites. This provides a great opportunity to get out into the community and provide support at a local level.
Our employees enthusiastically participated in our annual blood drive. They choose to donate
right before the July 4th weekend, as the need is great every year during this holiday.