Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Garver’s Water Design Center (WDC) in Fayetteville, Arkansas is making the most of GarverGives, the company’s charitable arm, which launched earlier this year.
The WDC initiated “Flannel Fridays,” which allowed employees to wear flannel every Friday in return for a small monetary donation, but that eventually evolved into a variety of themes. For example, this week’s theme is “Fisherman Friday.” By the WDC’s self-imposed deadline, the group of employees recently raised $1,000, which GarverGives matched, then boosted it an extra 20 percent because more than five employees had combined in the fundraising efforts.
“When all was said and done, we provided the Christian Orphan Fund with a $2,200 check,” said Project Engineer Ben Ross, who helped organize the fundraising effort.
The employees are raising money from now until the end of the year, and while they haven’t chosen a specific charity to donate their money to, they’ve decided to support an organization or project that works to provide clean water to those who need it.
“Raising money for charity is always rewarding,” Ben said, “but it’s amplified when the company you work for is willing to recognize the charitable efforts of its employees by matching it.”