One factor that likely contributes to the program’s success is that every aspect is associate-driven. Associates nominate the charities for consideration and then vote to select the final six that will be supported throughout the year (5 national charities and one local charity for each of the company’s seven locations). Last year, associates chose to support the following organizations:
• American Heart Association’
• Alzheimer’s Association
• Habitat for Humanity
• American Diabetes Association
• Wounded Warrior Program (USO)
• Atlanta Community Food Bank (Atlanta, GA)
• Ronald G. Repka Foundation (Fort Wayne, IN)
• Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance (Indianapolis, IN)
• H.A.R.T. (Brainerd, MN)
• EducationWorks (Dresher, PA)
• Sanford Healthcare 61 for 61 (Fargo, ND)
• Don and Marilyn Anderson Hospice Center (Middleton, WI)
“We are thrilled that Comfort for a Cause has been so well received. With the caring group of people that make up the Ascensus team, I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings,” said Amy Walker, Vice President, Human Resources at Ascensus.
Walker has good reason to be positive. In the words of a longtime Ascensus associate, Gina Smith, “Everyone loves to be able to wear jeans, but now it is about so much more—giving back to those in need. Wearing jeans is just an added perk.”
With more than 30 years of industry experience, Ascensus delivers high-quality outsourcing solutions for every segment of the retirement plan marketplace. A division of Crump Group, Inc., a leading provider of retirement services and the leading insurance wholesaler in the U.S., Ascensus services nearly 27,000 defined contribution plans in the micro to large markets and administers over 1.5 million IRAs. Ascensus provides the tools and services to help people prepare for retirement: ERISA consulting, compliance and technology support, trust services, multilingual participant education, training and documentation. Solutions are offered with open architecture investment capabilities tailored to the needs of institutional partners, third party administrators, financial advisors, plan sponsors and participants. Learn more at www.ascensus.com.