Team effort

Sometimes it says more to measure generosity in hours instead of dollars.

Steve Brubaker, senior vice president of corporate affairs at InfoCision Management Corp., a teleservice and marketing firm, would agree, because he knows the employees at his company are the backbone of its corporate community service program.

In 2001, InfoCision staff volunteered well over 2,000 hours of time toward various programs, including 425 hours to the American Cancer Society and 520 hours to the Salvation Army.

“Our people step up to the plate every time,” says Brubaker.

Community service inspires team spirit in everyone at InfoCision. Brubaker is proud of the 100 percent participation that comes with several volunteer projects, including the Special Olympics, where employees are transformed into athletic coaches of both the summer and winter games.

That level of participation has held steady for more than 10 years with InfoCision’s involvement in the Salvation Army Corporate Harvest. Traditionally a food drive, employees this year will also donate toys and children’s presents for the holiday season.

Only once, in 2001, did InfoCision not participate in the Salvation Army Corporate Harvest, in order to focus on the Sept. 11 disaster.

“We wanted to find individuals who had fallen through the cracks,” says Brubaker.

The company worked with the Salvation Army branches in Boston and New York to find people who were affected only indirectly by the attacks, but were still in desperate need of financial assistance. Each of 45 families had no other support system, and InfoCision raised almost $300,000 for these victims.

“We feel it’s a perfect fit for us,” says Brubaker about InfoCision’s involvement in community service.

This past year, one of InfoCision’s call centers organized an employee cookbook filled with recipes.

The cookbooks sold for $10 dollars each, and all proceeds were donated to the American Heart Association. InfoCision also gave $13,000 to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, including a personal $5,000 donation from CEO Gary Taylor.

“Employees enjoy getting involved with our clients,” says Brubaker.

That could explain why the company raises more money than any other in its industry, almost $150 million for nearly 200 nonprofit organizations. How to reach: InfoCision Management Corp., (330) 668-1400