Our company has a long tradition of community service and social responsibility. We seek to positively impact the communities in which we live and work. Led by Mike and Don, our management team actively encourages all employees to get involved either through participation or financial contribution. A guiding principle of our community service efforts is the belief that employees can have fun as a team while helping those in need.
The primary beneficiary of Tecplot’s community service initiative is Hopelink, a nonprofit social services organization the company has been supporting since 2008. Hopelink has five centers throughout King County, which offer food banks, housing, transportation, family development, adult and financial education, and emergency assistance. Their food program is extensive including food deliveries to the elderly and disabled who have trouble getting out, an Emergency Feeding Service program, which delivers bags of food to schools, religious institutions, and community centers. Find out more about Hopelink services at www.hope-link.org.
Over the years, Tecplot employees have participated in numerous activities that benefit Hopelink, including:
- All-company Bake Sales
- Golf Tournaments
- Holiday Toy Drives
- A Turkey Trot 5K Run or Walk
- The Sterling Cup Food Drive
- Red Spoke 300-mile Bicycle Ride
- Pets and the People Who Love Them community event
- BBQ at a Local Coop community event
- Share Your Harvest community event
Of all these activities, the annual Tecplot-sponsored Sterling Cup Food Drive is the most impactful. This year’s food drive ran from Oct. 19 through Oct. 30. Employees of four businesses housed within Sterling Plaza were asked to donate non-perishable food items, such as canned meats, cereal, dry beans, pasta, and peanut butter. By the end of the two-week food drive, some 2,010 pounds of donated food had been collected.
“Our Bellevue food bank was in dire need of all of the items your team and the other businesses donated,” wrote Hopelink’s community engagement specialist, Jennifer Dreyfuss-Ibrahim, in a thank-you note to Margaret Connelly, Tecplot’s marketing communications coordinator and organizer of the food drive. “We’re so thankful for everyone’s help! Thank you for helping change lives and better our community.”