Corporate Responsibility and Philanthropy
Team Raises Over $105,000 For St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Since 2014 Rust/Exela has facilitated a fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and this year we were able to hit a milestone of raising over $105,862 since starting the fundraising effort. This year we raised $11,130 total, and were the #1 corporate fundraising team for St. Jude! We received an award for placing #4 overall in fundraising efforts (amongst corporate and patient family participants). In a recent Rust town hall, Jen Mills was recognized as the main organizer of this fundraiser.
Under the #ExelaCares initiative, #TeamExela has rolled out a fundraising campaign for its colleagues in India impacted by the second wave of the COVID-19 virus. The second wave, beginning in March 2021, has been much larger and devastating than the first, leaving millions across the country in a state of fear. Through the #ExelaCares campaign, we are hoping to raise funds to support our colleagues and their families affected by COVID-19 and let them know we've got their back during these trying times. In addition, Exela will match employee donations dollar for dollar, making it possible for us to go the extra mile in doing our bit and making a difference.
Exela has partnered with the esteemed Orthopaedic Institute for Children – the largest pediatric facility on the west coast focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in children – to raise $2 million dollars! Every dollar of that will be earmarked to provide the most outstanding and comprehensive pediatric orthopaedic care for children who need it. Can we do it? You bet we can, in part because we’ve got the support of philanthropists, Renee and Meyer Luskin, who have pledged to match EVERY donation made to OIC…up to $2 million dollars by June 2020! Click here for a preview for what's to come, and check back often.
Here at Exela, we do what we can to reduce demand for plastic by encouraging and supporting plastic recycling and the use of sustainable substitutes for plastic, wherever possible. But we want to do more. That’s why we came up with OneRiver, which addressed the plastic problem right at the source: the rivers in our own backyards. On Saturday, April 11, 2020 and Saturday April 18, 2020, OneRiver will commence 24 hours of river cleanup.
Toys for Tots
With the holiday season upon us, Exela teamed up with Toys for Tots to help spread hope and holiday cheer among America's less fortunate children through the simple act of gift-giving. Throughout 13 locations in the USA, Exela employees gathered toys, books, and other gifts for donation to children who might otherwise never have the privilege of participating in the warm tradition of holiday gift-giving. We were collectively able to raise over 1,200 toys for the program. Way to go team!
Palisades Turkey Trot
On Thanksgiving Day 2019, #TeamExela sponsored as well as participated in the Palisades Turkey Trot. Our team of over 50 runners, which included Exela employees and their family and friends, spent Thanksgiving morning running for the Child Life Program at the UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.
And guess what? Our team was the single largest recognizable group of runners in the entire event. Of course, it was easy to see that since we could easily be spotted in our bright orange Exela t-shirts!
Following a dollar-for-dollar match from Exela, our employees were able to raise over $22,000 for the organization! Thank you so very much to all who made this amazing event possible!