It’s Holiday Fulfillment Time! Who is Your Chief Giving Officer?
Corporate social responsibility – it’s a subject we seldom think about. What do we expect of a corporation when it comes to charitable giving and responsibility to the community in which they do business? What does a responsible corporation look like? From what we’ve seen, a business that is personally and financially involved with the community is very definitely an exception to the rule.
Any company that designates a Chief Giving Officer has to be doing some giving! Recently we talked with Raul Domrique, who is the Chief Giving Officer and a Client Services Account Manager for AMS Fulfillment. AMS is a privately owned corporation located in Santa Clarita Valley, California.
With holiday fulfillment in full swing, we recently interviewed Raul about his tasks this season. Raul said that AMS has created an employee friendly atmosphere, and that the people are really there for each other like a family would be. “We have such good vibes,” he said. “We know that the people with the best attitude get the best outcome in life, and that works for a company too.”
Raul went on to explain how the atmosphere at AMS carries over into the community. He is in charge of all donations in and out of AMS but focuses on the Thanksgiving and Christmas outreach, which are stories of ‘happiness’ for the AMS family. In addition to AMS employees, the happiness is spread around between the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Department and Officer Bryan Rooney, Ralph’s Supermarket, Vallarta Supermarket, lots of local families and plenty of little kids.
For the last four years, during holiday fulfillment time, AMS has participated in the Santa Clarita Youth Activities League’s ‘Adopt a Family’ program. Officer Bryan Rooney of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Department runs the program and selects the families for both the Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations.
For the Thanksgiving holiday, AMS partners with Ralphs Supermarket in creating full Thanksgiving dinners. This year AMS sent invitation cards to 36 families to come to the Youth Center where they received their gifts from AMS Executives Ken Wiseman and Jay Catlin, Marco Pelaez and two of the youth workers who are employed at AMS.
Christmas is an even more personal event for AMS employees. Officer Rooney gives AMS the family list and the employees who wish to participate personally purchase and wrap gifts for their chosen children and family members. AMS also partners with the Vallarta Supermarket, allowing employees to pre-purchase dinners in the form of coupons. Families that receive a coupon can go and pick up their freshly cooked Christmas meal at the supermarket.
When the time comes for the one-on-one gift distribution, AMS employees meet with the families at the Youth Center. Every year it becomes a joyful celebration for all – one of the favorite events shared by the AMS family.
Raul, the AMS Chief Giving Officer, recently received his own gift for the holidays. He was granted a scholarship from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) for his focus on education and networking of supply chain students and professionals. He will be finishing up his Associates Degree in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Spring 2016, and will be starting a Bachelor’s Program in Biological studies in the hope of one day owning his own biological testing facility.
Thank you Raul and AMS Fulfillment for helping to make another Thanksgiving and Christmas full of joy for Santa Clarity Valley families.
Author: Ida Lawrence