The Partners Group holiday volunteering program started five years ago when the economy burst and has continued to evolve into a bigger and more formalized program every year. According to Doreen Barnhouse, VP of Operations, “When The Partners Group started this program, we realized how fortunate we were after experiencing our friends, family and clients lose their jobs, homes and businesses. Although our business sustained some losses we were still operating profitably with no loss of jobs, and we wanted to give back as a company”. The Partners Group decided that instead of having a big holiday party with elaborate gifts at each of its offices, they would give back to their communities by allowing each employee to volunteer a day during the holiday season. Everyone volunteers at The Partners Group, including President and CEO Rod Cruickshank, all of the company’s founding partners, CFO Jake Shafer, and Barnhouse.
According to Shelley Sharp, Marketing Coordinator and a newly added employee, “After working for this company for a couple months, I’ve been very impressed with how the employees are treated and valued, and how we are actually paid to spend time volunteering.” This year The Partners Group selected multiple charities, and then teams of employees are volunteering together for a good portion of a day. TPG also is giving monetary donations to each the selected organizations. In 2013-14 five charitable organizations in Portland alone have been chosen including:
- Store to Door (www.storetodooroforegon.org): Volunteers shop for homebound seniors at a local Fred Meyer.
- Portland Rescue Mission (www.portlandrescuemission.org): Volunteers served coffee, washed windows, and performed other miscellaneous duties.
- Salvation Army (www.salvationarmyportland.org ): Volunteers sorted toys at the distribution center and helped people select free toys to give to their children as Christmas gifts.
- Habitat for Humanity (http://habitatportlandmetro.org ): Volunteers will be helping with the building of homes for low-income families.
- Oregon Dog Rescue (www.oregonhumane.org): Various duties will be performed.
Rod Cruickshank, President and CEO, says “This is a time for us to enjoy working as a team as we give back, and we have fun in the process. It is also a beneficial process for helping employees to work together with other departments, further building our team atmosphere.” Additionally The Partners Group employees are encouraged to volunteer during the year on paid company time as part of the company’s wellness program, which encourages personal, family, community and environmental activities for employees.
About The Partners Group
The Partners Group, with offices in Portland and Bend, Ore., and Bellevue, Wash., is a locally owned, independent financial services, risk management, commercial insurance and employee benefit consulting firm. Driven by an unswerving commitment to its clients, it develops partnerships that ensure extraordinary solutions. The Partners Group is a founding member of Collaboration Centric Solutions (C2), the nation’s 5th largest privately held insurance firm serving over 1 million households in the U.S. For more information, visit www.thepartnersgroup.com.