Overlying everything we do at Matrix is another of our Core Values, “We do it for a greater purpose!” This not only means investing time in building the Matrix community, but making a difference in the communities we live in. The holiday season is the perfect time to reflect on our accomplishments of the past year in this area.
Feeding the Hungry
The Northern Illinois Food Bank is the source of nutritious food and innovative feeding programs for more than 71,500 people each week in their 13-county service area. Much of the food donated needs to be inspected, sorted and packaged before it’s distributed. Our volunteer group of 30 people worked for almost 3 hours after work taking labels off canned goods (the charity puts their own labels on) and putting the cans in giant bins. It was quite a workout! But more than that, it was a great opportunity to get to know each other better while helping others. This year we packed 9,420 pounds of food, providing 7,850 meals for our neighbors in northern Illinois.
In addition, as part of our “We Do It Better” continuous improvement Core Value, employees who win can choose to donate $25 to the Northern Illinois Food Bank instead of receiving a $25 gift card for themselves.
Helping Close to Home
The South Elgin Food Pantry helps feed people right in our own backyard. We held a Charity Bake Off where our employees signed up to bake items for competition or make a monetary donation to be a taster. In addition to a monetary gift to the pantry, many non-perishable food items were also donated.
Mentoring the Next Generation
Blue Box Bots is a high school robotic team that competes in FIRST Tech Challenges. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” The competition entails designing, building and programming robots that must complete different tasks. We are proud to sponsor these talented young engineers of tomorrow. Along with financial support and providing miscellaneous supplies, our engineers are providing guidance on automation design issues.
Honoring God with and Through the Business
Lastly and probably most importantly is our ownership and management’s commitment to honor God through the business. This comes out in a variety of ways, but one of the biggest is at year end, a portion of the business profits are donated to a variety of charities that help those in need and to care for “the least of these”.
More to Come in 2018
As we move to Bartlett in January, we will be looking for new ways to serve that community. We know that not only those we serve benefit, but in serving ourselves, we are blessed in return. Keeping our eyes focused on others helps us fulfill our greater purpose.