As I write this, I cannot believe next week is Thanksgiving, and after that, just a few short weeks left until Christmas. What a crazy year 2020 has been. I admit the idea of not being able to spend the holidays with family leaves me with a heavy heart. However, I’d rather play it safe than sorry when it comes to my loved ones’ health. Instead of hugs and my grandma’s homemade stuffing, this year, we will be FaceTiming on Thanksgiving.

Instead of dwelling on how different the holidays will be, I am trying to focus on being thankful for what we have. 

Plumbing and heating contractors were able to remain open when many other businesses were closed down during various state stay-at-home orders. Regardless, I’m thankful many of the wonderful people I’ve gotten to know in this industry were able to keep working when millions were not as fortunate.

Many American families will be struggling this holiday season. As company owners, I hope you will think about the people in need within your communities and how you can give back. 

Plumbing & Mechanical’s parent company, BNP Media, hosts an annual bake sale to raise money for Detroit-based Gleaners Community Food Bank, which provides food to more than 500 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies throughout southeast Michigan. BNP Media matches the dollar amount raised by employees during the bake sale. Since its inception in 2004, BNP Media has raised more than $19,000 for the organization. Obviously, COVID-19 has put a damper on this annual tradition, but several BNP employees are looking to start up an online donation drive in lieu of the bake sale this year. 

I know of several contracting companies that raise money year-round for special causes. For example, one company lets office employees pay $5 to wear jeans on Fridays with proceeds going to charity. 

Studies show corporate giving improves company culture and employee engagement. It helps employees bond with one another and create a culture of caring and empathy, which in turn, helps employees feel more connected to their employers and even perform better at their jobs. Take a moment and think about how your company can make a difference in your community. After all, ‘tis the season to give back.