Once again, I am proud and honored to see employees and members of our JK Harris tax team reaching out to help others who need it. Since JK Harris announced its partnership with Trident United Way this summer, our employees have been working on our pledge campaign, as well as preparing for a day of volunteer work, with United Way’s Day of Caring.
United Way has been sponsoring the annual Day of Caring since 2001. Locally, Trident United Way has the honor and privilege of playing host to the nation’s largest Day of Caring. This day is set apart for organizations needing assistance to partner with groups of volunteers who bring in the manpower, tools, and donations, if necessary, to complete the requested project.
The volunteer committee at JK Harris chose three projects to work on for today. We sent two small groups of employees out to local elementary schools. Half of these employees will spend the day reading and talking to children, providing them one-on-one attention and sharing their own personal favorite childhood books and stories.
The second group of volunteers is going into a school that wanted to refurbish a classroom and turn it into a science lab. The school did not have the resources or manpower to do this on its limited budget, so they submitted their project to United Way. JK Harris employees will spend the day cleaning organizing and painting a space mural in the lab, which will be enjoyed by children for years to come.
Due to the nature of our business we cannot let all of our employees spend the day volunteering outside the office, so we chose a third project to be done inside the office. The volunteer committee selected the Pajama Project so that employees who could not leave work could still help out in a big way. The Pajama Project has a local Charleston chapter, which donates books and new pajamas to children who are going into foster homes or are waiting to be adopted. Their goal is to provide something of comfort in a time of uncertainty for these children. It certainly moved all of us – as of last count, we had 120 pairs of pajamas and 115 books – and the donations continue to roll in today.
Since our hours revolve mostly around the hours of the IRS, we cannot let all of our employees participate frequently in outside volunteer work. But, I know that our employees get a lot of personal satisfaction from helping their clients on a daily basis. A big thank you to all our JK Harris employees. Thank you for your generosity, your hard work and for giving on the job and as well as in the community.