Christmas Day just passed and for too many people, that feeling of good will that accompanies the season may already be fading, but not for this NationaLease member and his company.
Last year, I wrote a Christmas blog about NationaLease member company ASL and its President and CEO, Jim Donnelley, Jr. discussing how the organization donated trailers and its drivers donated their time to transport and deliver much needed food to animal shelters in Georgia for the non-profit organization, Animal Aid USA.
When I gave Jim a call just this past week to see if the company would be doing the same thing this year, I found out that the spirit of giving to others permeates this company not just during the Holiday season, but all year long.
“We’re an organization that’s very committed to helping others,” said Jim. “Our employees are very involved in offering help not only in their own communities, but in far-reaching ways as well. I’ve always felt very blessed and want to give back wherever I can make a difference. And I know our team feels exactly the same.”
So what other good works does ASL do? According to Jim and Natasha Singh, Human Resources Manager, they include the following:
- Two tractor trailers and volunteer drivers to deliver food in January 2017 to animal shelters in Georgia for Animal Aid USA along with no-charge maintenance on their main transport vehicle.
- Sponsorship of the Philly Pops Christmas Spectacular, a benefit concert for military members, first responders, and their families. This is the third year ASL has sponsored the event and Jim says, “It’s always a very rewarding night.”
- Participation in the Angel Tree program. This program offers businesses a chance to help local families in need during the holidays. ASL has had full company involvement in this charity for more than five years. This year team sponsored 18 families, donating toys, gifts, and food.
- Participation in and contributions to the MS “City to Shore” bike-a-thon which takes place each. This event, in which riders travel from downtown Philadelphia to Ocean City, NJ (a maximum of 180 miles), takes place in September. Jim has biked in this event for a number of years as has his 70-year old Safety Manager. The company first became involved in this event because an employee’s mother was diagnosed with MS. One of ASL’s current employees also has MS and according to Jim, she’s an exemplary employee who never misses a day of work.
- Participation in and donations to The Sunshine Foundation’s annual Bike-a-Thon. The Sunshine Foundation grants the wishes of seriously ill, handicapped, and abused children.
- Contributions in both food and money to the Ronald McDonald House
- Contributions to the local Rotary Club and other community groups
- Plus, throughout the year individual employees participate in events like a 5K run for fallen firefighters and donating toys to Toys for Tots
According to Natasha Singh, there’s something special about this company. As she says, “I’m proud to be the HR Manager at ASL. I love the family oriented environment and Jim shows daily how much he values and cares for his employees, from having the staff sign birthday cards to buying lunch for no special reason other than showing his appreciation”
That concern and appreciation seem to have affected every member of the ASL team and each of them looks for ways to give back. We are proud of Jim and the entire ASL team and want to say “Thank you.”
Let us know how your company channels its Christmas Spirit. If you’d like to know more about the good deeds of ASL, visit their Facebook page.