TQL Hosts Its First Ever Helpy Hour
Ninety-two TQL employees helped 912 people in one hour during the first ever TQL Cares Helpy Hour on Tuesday, November 14th.
TQL employees are known for raising their hands when volunteers are needed, so creating an opportunity for people to impact so many lives in such a short time while still on site is a natural extension of the company’s philanthropic efforts.
In an hour’s time, four Cincinnati organizations received the help of 92 TQL employees.
- The foster children at Beech Acres Parenting Center received 20 duffel bags filled with a teddy bear, crayons, coloring book and a blanket, plus 10 skateboards that employees built themselves from pre-packaged kits.
- 35 fleece blankets were cut, tied and donated to Project Linus – who will take the blankets and distribute them to children in need all over Cincinnati.
- Lighthouse Youth and Family Services received 832 assembled snack packs of water, applesauce, granola bars and chips for homeless youth.
- Fifteen additional skateboards were provided to Wrapping Clermont Together to be used as Christmas presents for kids in need.
Sally O’Brien, Corporate Giving Specialist, planned the event, and was overwhelmed by the number of volunteers, saying, “I am constantly blown away by our people. We put this brand-new event out there and 92 employees showed up. There were even people who decided to bring their own tools to assemble skateboards, which was amazing.”
Feedback from surveys further highlighted the event’s success. Angie Patrice, Business Services Manager, had this to say, “Absolutely the best event to date that I have attended. Great causes and a great way to meet people from other departments.” Network Administrator, Bill Meyer, continued with the same sentiments, “I absolutely loved this event. The food, drink, and atmosphere were amazing, and leaving with the sense that we helped so many children was incredible.”
As with any popular event, the question of it returning is always asked. Executive Assistant Christina Carr wondered just that, “I hope we get the opportunity to do it again.” Based on the actions of TQL volunteers, it’s a safe bet that Helpy Hour will return to help lift the spirits of needy children across the tri-state.