Lifting the Spirit: Community Involvement

DEMDACO colleagues setting up the holiday store at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Patients get to shop for their parents with “DEMDACO Dollars.”

At DEMDACO, we strive to see business primarily as a human interaction, rather than merely a financial one. That is why our mission is lift the spirit. This perspective shapes us, particularly when it comes to community involvement. For us, community involvement is a part of our “why”, not simply something we’ve been able to do.

Like others, we follow the philosophy that, for a company, profit is like air. We need it to breathe, but it’s not the reason we live. Profit allows a company to invest in itself, and in its community.

DEMDACO colleagues in in our Minneapolis office making blankets for Sharing and Caring Hands, a local nonprofit that helps the homeless.

Community involvement is an important way we measure whether we are lifting spirits. It might be with a financial donation to an organization or a product donation for a fundraising event. It’s also the way our colleagues use their community time off (CTO). Each year, every DEMDACO colleague receives CTO—two paid days off to volunteer at the organization of their choice. It is one of the ways we believe best demonstrates our Lift the Spirit mission. Both the DEMDACO colleague and the organization benefit.

What are some ways you are involved in your community? How are you lifting spirits where you live, work, and play? Please Comment below and start the conversation.