The three pillars of our mission at ELET are honesty, respect, and compassion. Those aren’t just words. Several years ago our team identified those as our core values, and they are at the heart of everything we do.
Lately we have been especially focused on the third pillar: compassion. We practice compassion daily with our clients, their families, and our coworkers. But we wanted to do more as a company to express that compassion within the broader community.
The holidays presented so many wonderful opportunities to do more. One of our favorite holiday traditions at ELET is gifting through one of the local senior angel trees. We kept that tradition, but we also started some new ones and have continued to seek opportunities to serve in the new year.
Socks for Seniors
Our first annual Socks for Seniors donation drive was a huge success thanks to dedicated staff and several very generous donors! As box after box of socks rolled in, we knew we would easily surpass our initial goal of 150 pairs. In the end we collected 300 pairs of warm winter socks for under-resourced elders served by SCHAS. SCHAS was kind enough to create a lovely thank you video for everyone who contributed.
Several staff members took part in Alzheimer’s Tennessee’s Purple Santa project. Through this donation drive the community provides gifts for nominated elders who have dementia. Systems Manager Malinda Joshi helped sort donations into gift bags at Lexus of Knoxville. She was joined by Paralegals Amy Sosinski and Sheri Doubrley and Public Benefits Assistant Erin Keck for an afternoon of deliveries with Alzheimer’s Tennessee staff. During these touching visits the group spent time talking with the elders receiving gifts and joined in some impromptu caroling.
Second Harvest Food Drive During Government Shutdown
Disturbed by endless reports of federal workers’ suffering during the shutdown, we were determined to join other local businesses and agencies to help take off the sting. After learning that Second Harvest of East Tennessee had diverted emergency supplies to help feed federal employees, ELET organized a fund drive to help replenish some of those supplies. Over 2 weeks’ time we collected 300 pounds of nonperishable food plus online donations from generous clients and professionals in the care community. Between the online drive and the food collected in-office, we provided about 1,600 meals for the East Tennessee community.
Our team’s passion for service is what motivates our work. We enjoy every opportunity to connect with our community through service projects. If you are organizing an event and would like us to work with you, please get in touch. Or if you are interested in joining us in some of these efforts, follow us on Facebook or Twitter. We post regularly about upcoming events in the community, and we would love for you to join us!