While the holiday season can be a bit chaotic, it’s always refreshing to see the UES team take a moment to give back. Whether as a business or individual, it’s each of our responsibility to ensure our community is flourishing, especially in a time that is full of joy and laughter for many, while it can be more challenging for others.
In addition to taking the time to celebrate together as a team, over the last month we’ve also seen our teams STRIVE to serve as they’ve hosted food drives, read to children, and so much more. We are humbled to have a caring and dedicated team that not only work hard but take a moment to better their community and the lives of others. Here’s a bit of what the UES team has been up to recently.
With every 1 in 8 people (42 million on average) experiencing food insecurity in the United States every day, the UES Jacksonville office hosted a food drive benefitting Feeding Northeast Florida, an organization that serves roughly 85,000 community members each day. The UES Jacksonville office came together to exceed their initial goal of 100lb of food and managed to bring in 350lbs instead!
Kindness goes a long way every day, but something about the holiday season seems to make it even more special. Emanuel Gibson, a field technician for Alpha Testing and pastor at Bread for Life Church in Houston generously hosted a free Thanksgiving meal for the community, and was even joined by fellow Alpha Testing colleagues, Jonathan Gonzales, Isaac Macias, and Emilio Maldonado.
Children are our future and the team at GSI Engineering, a UES company carved time out of their busy schedules to prioritize our future leaders, and maybe future engineers! Starting off strong, Professional Geologist Natalie Burris, PG, taught the students of Mead Middle School about Kansas aquifers and environmental solutions at their ninth annual B.A.S.I.C. Science Conference. Next up, Senior Vice President and Principal Engineer Dave Edwards read the classic story book, the Three Little Pigs to a class of second graders as part of Reading is Fundamental (RIF). The RIF program provides free books to children across the United States.
Keeping children in mind, more of the GSI Engineering team in Wichita spent a morning preparing a special brunch for families at the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). RMHC provide comfort, care, and support to families with sick children. The team had a wonderful time knowing they were warmth to those who truly needed it most, sharing “We love the work RMHC does for families in need and it was such a privilege to come alongside this amazing organization.”
Providing hope for children, youth, and families in under resourced communities was top of mind for the UES Orlando branch and FAST office this holiday season. The team utilized their holiday party as an opportunity to give back to those in need by hosting a food drive for local non-profit, Eight Waves. The organization focuses on reading intervention, mentorship, life experiences, family stability, and more. Check out a sweet video of the Eight Waves Christmas party.