Giving Back to Communities
TSYS continues its decades-long commitment to United Way to do the most good
Generosity. Paying it forward. Giving. Investing in communities.
There are many ways to say it, but at TSYS®, finding the right words isn’t the priority ─ action is. In a commitment to put meaning behind its words, TSYS once again is embracing the United Way, and gave more than $1.66 million across the U.S. in 2014.
"The United Way is very important in our community because the needs of people are real," said Penny Wise, TSYS’ 2014 United Way co-chair. "The United Way-funded agencies and programs provide a way for people to survive ─ or simply to get a hand up."
United Way agencies at TSYS locations across the United States seek to meet the most basic needs of individuals and families in their communities. Think showering facilities for the homeless, safe spaces for victims of domestic violence, advocacy and sanctuary for children who have been abused, and basic clothing items for those seeking employment. In addition to these basic needs, United Way agencies also aim to improve individual and family income, health and education.
"TSYS gets it," said Sallie Martin, 2014 United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley campaign chairman. "It has always put people first, so it understands the importance of serving others."
According to Martin, the success of their campaign has everything to do with TSYS, as the company is strategic in its planning and has a sharp focus on how it can make the biggest impact with the resources available.
"The United Way Campaign is our largest philanthropic effort across all of our TSYS locations, and our main focus point to gather money that the United Way can do a lot of good with the following year," said Jeff Hampton, 2014 TSYS United Way co-chair.
A strong partnership
It has never been enough for TSYS leaders and team members to just write a check, although it remains that TSYS has been the only million-dollar donor in Columbus, Ga. for more than five years. In addition to that, team members have become engaged and educated about agency missions, stepping up to volunteer in significant ways.
"It was a wonderful feeling to actually get in there, get hands on and know that we are really helping some families who wouldn't have food at that time. TSYS gives us the opportunity to do that, and it’s really wonderful." - Ryan Noelte
"I was really excited this year to see how so many new TSYS team members and younger people within our organization have volunteered and gotten their own departments to go out and work with United Way agencies. And I’ve watched them grow, have fun and spread the passion within their departments," Wise said.
Team members like Ryan Noelte mobilized their departments and divisions to volunteer with agencies, in addition to raising money to help.
"It was really great to get involved with the Feeding the Valley Food Bank this year," Noelte said. "It was a wonderful feeling to actually get in there, get hands on and know that we are really helping some families who wouldn't have food at that time. TSYS gives us the opportunity to do that, and it’s really wonderful."
According to Hampton, the movement has less to do with a singular campaign and more to do with TSYS’ guiding philosophy.
"Giving is a key part of the TSYS culture. I think our long history with the United Way and that spirit of giving back helps us as a company, helps us as individuals and is just part of who we are," he said.