The people of Perficient are big believers in giving back to the communities in which we live and work. As the headquarters of a global company based in St. Louis, there is an opportunity to invest in the surrounding community that Perficient takes seriously.
From partnering with top organizations and sponsoring special events to be the people actually picking up the trash along the highway, our leadership and colleagues embrace the chance to give back at all levels. We even have a local employee-led Giving Back Committee (as many of our offices do).
Most recently, Perficient sponsored the STL 50/50, a giving program powered by Givable that supports charities in the St. Louis region by creating ways for people to give locally and sustainably, creating a safe and easy way for charities to raise money.
Each month, a raffle will benefit a different St. Louis area charity:
- Youth in Need
- Animal Protective Association of Missouri
- Gateway Greening
- Concordance Academy of Leadership
- Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis Health + Homes
- St. Louis Area Foodbank
Only halfway through the program, we’re excited to share we’ve helped raise tens of thousands of dollars and made hundreds of thousands of people in St. Louis more aware of the incredible work of these local charities!
Making a December Difference in St. Louis
With the special chance to empower our colleagues to pay it forward and spread some much-needed joy in 2020, we launched “Make a December Difference” to create single acts of giving and gratitude within the communities in which we live and work. Not only did professional athletes rally behind our global campaign of kindness, we saw colleagues come together to support local St. Louis organizations.
Sandy Crutchley, senior accountant, chose to continue a St. Louis office tradition by contributing meals to all three St. Louis Ronald McDonald House Charities. “Myself, along with Leo Speno, senior accounting analyst, and Pam Zhu, senior accountant, combined our Make a December Difference funds to purchase meals from Del Pietro’s, Hacienda, and Billy G’s to provide dinner to all three local St. Louis Ronald McDonald houses one night!”
Other colleagues Natalie Dresner, marketing coordinator, partnered with Sweet Celebrations STL to give gifts to a child currently living in a local homeless shelter, and Ann Higby, marketing manager, celebrated the twentieth anniversary of Lift for Life Academy to “Make a December Difference.”
Ready to Be Together Again
While COVID-19 changed the way our colleagues interact, it did not stop us. That said, with fun St. Louis events like these not far away, our team is excitedly looking forward to the times when we can come together again. Here are a couple of St. Louis events we’re ready for.
Beginning in 2018, our Giving Back Committee joined the Missouri Adopt-A-Highway volunteer program and adopted a section of the highway near the offices for litter cleanup. Adopt-A-Highway is a volunteer program where groups, clubs, businesses, families, and individuals adopt sections of state-maintained roadsides (half-mile minimum length in both directions of the roadway) for litter cleanup, beautification, mowing, or native plantings. Team members volunteer to get together at the site for a quick clean-ups after work. This tradition continued until we implemented remote work in 2020 and we look forward to continuing it soon!
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In 2019, our team was excited to watch Perficient take flight in the Great Forest Park Balloon Race, a famous St. Louis tradition.
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Would you go in a hot-air balloon? Or do you have an idea for a St. Louis-centric way we can give back? Let us know in the comments below or tweet at us @PerficientLife.
At Perficient, we continually look for ways to champion and challenge our talented workforce with interesting projects for high-profile clients, encourage personal and professional growth through training and mentoring, and celebrate our people-oriented culture and the innovative ways they serve Perficient and the community.