At A&B Business Solutions, we believe that community involvement is not only a social responsibility, but also a rewarding experience for our employees. That’s why we encourage and support our staff to give back to the causes and organizations that matter to them. Whether it’s volunteering, fundraising, donating, or mentoring, we want our employees to make a positive difference in their communities. By doing so, they can develop new skills, build relationships, and enhance their well-being.
With our Bring it Home program we have a goal of 1000 hours of volunteering time each year and we stive to meet this goal. Also, we offer 32 hours of paid time each year for our employees to go out and make a positive impact in the community. Here are a few places that our employees have been volunteering their time: Helpline Center, Feeding South Dakota, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire, Junior Achievement, Girls on the Run and so much more. We are proud of the diverse and meaningful ways that our employees contribute to the society, and we celebrate their achievements and stories. Here are a few statements from A&B’s team members on how they are involved with helping our communities:
I volunteered most recently at a food distribution for Feeding South Dakota. This is distribution provided people food that might not be able to afford it on their own. Most of the people receiving food were very grateful. You know that it is necessary for everyone who received food because some people waited in line for nearly two hours.
– Collin Kjose
Volunteering for Girls on the Run has been a rewarding experience over these past 3 years. The program aims to empower young girls through running and joyful experiences. It builds their confidence, teaches them life skills and promotes a healthy lifestyle. It’s truly amazing to see how much the girls have grown by the end of the season. One of the girls came up to me and said, “I love talking to you, you make me feel loved and I can talk to you about anything and not feel judged, I don’t really have people like that in my life.” That comment really touched my heart and that is what my goal is, to make these girls feel loved truly. For them to understand what it means to be loved. I am grateful to be part of this program and contribute to their growth and empowerment.
– Lesya Shkinder
Most of my Volunteer hours are with the Knights of Columbus. We do 5 pancake breakfasts and 4 fish fries a year. I am responsible for all of the shopping and organizing of all food items. Some of the beneficiaries of our fund raisers are for Seminarians, The Banquet fund, Youth camps, Pro life foundations and various needs of the church and our Parish.
– Bob Nelson
I have been serving at the Olde Towne Dinner Theatre for a couple of years now. Grab a friend or two and check it out! Without volunteering I assume ticket prices would increase. The atmosphere in the kitchen, interacting with actors and staff make it a good time. Also, Feeding South Dakota is a great way to give back to the local community. Taking a few hours here and there to work with coworkers outside of the office is a good experience to get to know yourself and each other better.
– Michelle E
I am a mentor in the Lutheran Social Services program. I meet up with a high school student here in Sioux Falls, twice a month. We discuss setting and meeting goals in relationship development, school and work readiness and being a good citizen.
– Derek Colace
Stepping into the Pinedale Elementary 2nd grade classroom in Rapid City, I was out of my comfort zone, but by the end of the 5th day I realized how much of an impact simple life lessons like taxes, voting, and job responsibilities had on these amazing kids. They hated paying taxes from their pizza $$–good life lesson! We had a great time building a community and working as a team—all goals I have for my own life.
– Jill Peterson
We invite you to join us in this mission and help us spread the spirit of generosity and kindness. We know that the best way to improve the world is to begin with our own neighborhoods.