Not only has Industrial Packaging Corporation been serving customers since 1950, we’ve been plugging into the community to make a difference. From individual-driven causes to companywide initiatives, the employees at IPC have opened their hearts to support community efforts. Normally, people think of the yearly traditional campaigns like United Way as doing “their part” to help society. That’s not the case at IPC. At IPC, monetary support, time and product donations meets our goals. We’ve discovered the simple donation of boxes to a vacation bible school program brings a world of imagination, fun and smiles to kids all summer long. It is amazing the worlds that are created using corrugated boxes. Donating outdated IT equipment brought smiles to a local high school band as they hosted a Recycle Day to raise money for their new uniforms. (The IT director is also smiling at a clean office space.)
Many individual employees drive support around the building for programs that are dear to their hearts like Citizens Against Violence, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta Humane Society, cancer walks and youth sports. IPC will even match contributions to those efforts. Every year, IPC employees support the United Way Campaign and the Atlanta City Detention Center with food, clothing and toys for a holiday drive.
The IPC make a difference goal isn’t about how much a company raises or a onetime gift, the drive is about supporting the community which brings employees, citizens and ideas together. EVP Dave Lewis spoke to a group of 125 under-privileged urban youth encouraging them to be determined and how that translates to being successful in corporate America. Imagine if one of these students invents a better manufacturing process when they enter the workforce. It isn’t always money that makes an impact, often it is ones’ time. “I find it amazing how when you think you’re the one contributing or giving to others, you often leave feeling as if they gave more back to you,” commented IPC EVP Dave Lewis.
IPC hopes every business finds a way to make a difference in their local community which in turn builds a great employee cohesion and happiness in the workforce. What smiles did you create today?