As we look for opportunities to give back, we don’t focus on paradigms of what it means to be charitable. That’s why our history is filled with such a wide variety of contributions. Whether we seek to help an individual achieve their dreams or alleviate the suffering of a nation in the face of disaster, it’s our hope to be a force for good in the world.
For example, PMI singled out a stellar local gymnast as a deserving individual. A well-rounded youth, JJ Litster holds an academic track record (4.0 GPA) that’s as impressive as his results in national competitions. But due to mounting travel costs, JJ’s ability to compete was falling into question. PMI stepped in to assist with these costs. JJ hopes to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, and we will be cheering for him along the way.
On a more tragic note, when disaster struck Haiti in the horrid 2010 earthquake, PMI was quick to respond by pledging a monetary donation to provide relief. This donation, combined with the thousands of others provided by governments and corporations worldwide, helped relieve some of the trauma that resulted from this international emergency.
In some cases, we’ve found ways to contribute in avenues that we hope will have an even larger impact. When we made a donation to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, we demonstrated our optimism that diabetes – a disease that affects about 25 million Americans – will someday be cured. A similar donation to the C.H. Robinson Cystinosis Research Network was given to provide help to children affected with cystinosis – a potentially fatal disease.
We have also sought out methods of helping individuals find better lives. This is evident through our contributions to The Road Home – a group that helps homeless people become self-sufficient – and Golden Spike Outreach – an organization that assists formerly incarcerated individuals reenter society.
Aside from pledging monetary contributions, PMI strives to create a culture of giving among its employees, from clothing drives to Sub for Santa. PMI even began an annual blood drive that’s open to its employees and those in surrounding businesses. And as part of Read Across America, PMI volunteers read to children in local schools.
These are just a few of our many contributions. PMI has a long history of giving back to the community, and we are determined to continue contributing on every level we can.