Giving back is all about seeing a need and doing everything within your power to meet it. Through Vivayic Cares, our giving program, we strive to do just that.
Although the program didn’t have a name until recently, we’ve been supporting organizations dear to our hearts since the very beginning. At first, we sponsored an award at both the Missouri and Nebraska State FFA Conventions. Doug and Seth both worked for the National FFA Organization, a non-profit, and saw the value of those programs firsthand in shaping young leaders.
They have carried over this mindset to our company. We branded it Vivayic Cares this summer because we felt it was something we want to continue to support and cultivate. Since we began the company in 2006, we’ve given more than $40,000 between our time and donations.
Vivayic Cares is a fitting name…because Vivayic does care. From caring about each team member, to caring about the work we do for clients, to caring about the causes we choose to support.
It’s fun to see where the donations go, everywhere from the local YMCA, to food pantries, to scholarships. The diversity in the groups to which we contribute is incredible and fulfilling; our 12 employees gave to 11 organizations in 2013.
Vivayic Cares goes well beyond just financial support and the matching program. As a team, we spent the last few months donating our time and specialized skills to develop a production agriculture curriculum to support an organization called Field of Hope as they train people in Uganda to become self-sufficient and profitable through tractor ownership and farming. The Field of Hope project was the first project we worked on together for Vivayic Cares. This was something that just felt right, especially with our backgrounds.
To those who have been given much, much is expected. We’re blessed to work in a great company with great people. Vivayic exists to help others – whether in a corporate office or a third world country. We invest in each other’s lives every day, and because of our work, we are empowered to invest in others as well.