The CEI team was both thrilled and humbled to receive The 2017 Jeremiah Morris Community Steward Award, The award was presented to us on January 30th at The Morrisville Chamber of Commerce Awards Ceremony. We are proud to be recognized for our volunteer efforts in the community.
Like all small businesses, CEI faces many challenges, such as changes in the economy and evolving business needs. We are fortunate to have been successful and owe part of our success to our wonderful community. This is why giving back is so important to us. Over the years, we have volunteered with many local non-profits such as SPCA of Wake County, Gigi’s Playhouse, Pretty in Pink Foundation, CASA, Interfaith Food Shuttle, Center for Volunteer Caregiving, MeFine Foundation, and Central Foodbank of North Carolina. The team learns valuable lessons from these partners.
Encouraging Employees to Volunteer
CEI employs 50 Triangle residents. Our volunteer program encourages team members to dedicate service days to community non-profits and provides paid quarterly service day opportunities for everyone on staff. We applaud our team for taking advantage of these opportunities to give back!
About The Jeremiah Morris Community Steward Award
The Jeremiah Morris Community Steward Award, was named after Jeremiah Morris, Morrisville’s namesake. He donated property for the railway in the mid-1800’s which jump started Morrisville’s economy. In this spirit of dedication to the community, the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce presents this award each year to a deserving community steward. Past recipients include Chef’s Academy and Coastal Federal Credit Union.
Interview with Blake Alford On Being a Community Steward
CEI President, Blake Alford spoke with us about the importance of being a community steward and how to encourage employees to give back.
Interview with Blake Alford:
Blake: The SPCA K93K walk is one of our team’s favorite events. Everyone at CEI is a pet lover so we always have a huge turn out and their spirits are always through the roof!
2. What advice can you give to other Triangle businesses about creating a volunteer program for employees?
Blake: My advice for local Triangle businesses is to jump in head first; the payback is immeasurable. For us the camaraderie that has been fostered by having different departments work together exceeded even my expectations. Team members get to learn about each other’s hobbies, families and many other facets of their life while volunteering to better our community. It has been a significant catalyst to improve company morale and more importantly creating a tighter knit organization at CEI.
3. Tell us about the level of participation in the volunteer program. Do all employees take advantage of it?
Blake: Absolutely!! It has become so popular that we have had to implement a “raffle system” for who can participate in a volunteer program. We have to turn more away then who can actually participate which is a great problem to have but during the year everyone equally gets to participate.
4. Which organizations do you hope to work with in 2018?
Blake: We are constantly soliciting organizations to see what we can do to help with their projects. I would say our philosophy is the more the merrier when it comes to helping out local non-profits’.
CEI Leads by Example
It is our hope that other businesses in the Triangle will follow suit and give back to the community by empowering employees. If you would like to learn more about CEI’s volunteer program and philanthropic partnerships, feel free to contact us at 919-781-8885 or submit a form online. We love hearing about opportunities to better serve our community!