Jackrabbit’s Community Service Efforts Continue As COVID-19 Pandemic Approaches One-Year Mark
Charlotte, NC | February 22, 2021 – Jackrabbit remains active with philanthropy partners even as the COVID-19 pandemic approaches the one-year mark.
Jackrabbit’s philanthropies are relevant to its industries
With philanthropy in mind in planning its first BOOST Virtual Conference this past December, Jackrabbit offered attendees a contribution opportunity in the shopping cart. While registering, 20% of the registrant’s fee could be diverted to one of three charities: Dancers Against Cancer, The Hope Floats Foundation, or Ronald McDonald House. This culminated in $2,230.62 going to support charities and providing Jackrabbit clients with an opportunity to easily make a donation to an industry or organization that has relevance to them.
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the cancellation of several hands-on events with Ronald McDonald House which is Jackrabbit’s corporate philanthropy partner. Jackrabbit showed the persistence of an industry leader as it continued to explore employee engagement opportunities with the worldwide children’s charity until one was found. Engaging employees across North America, Jackrabbit participated in a virtual pop can tab collection competition running from June 2020 until January 2021. Jackrabbit’s efforts resulted in a 39.8 lb donation that was officially presented at the Ronald McDonald House Charlotte by CEO Mark Mahoney.
“While the dollar amount of the aluminum can tabs total is modest, the awareness it generates for our mission of keeping families close as they care for a sick or injured child is invaluable,” notes Ronald McDonald House Charlotte CEO Denise Cubbedge. “The donations of partner companies and individuals amass into funds that play a significant role in our House operations.”
Jackrabbit’s giving back provides help where impact was felt
Today’s still-reeling business environment is crying out for the generosity of companies like Jackrabbit that are willing to help those who have suffered a great loss and face significant challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jackrabbit’s contributions include discounted fees for months of software service (culminating in $600,000 in forfeited income), guides developed specifically to help clients through pandemic-caused closures, adding support staff to maintain the increased support needs of clients, enhancements beneficial to clients’ in-pandemic needs and providing the founding contribution to Hope Floats Foundation Scholarship.
“Jackrabbit’s response to our struggles was immediate and amazing. This is truly an example of giving back in ways that showed they intimately understand the needs of their clients and in ways that really helped us save our businesses,” says Beverly Barnett
Jackrabbit takes giving back local
Jackrabbit believes that giving back to its immediate community is important. Being based in Huntersville, NC, with more than half its staff closeby, Jackrabbit can make an impact for local charities. The faces of local employees are regularly seen in the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina’s Charlotte warehouse, sorting food items to get them ready for the local outreach organizations that use the Food Bank and at Rise Against Hunger’s local warehouse, where meals are packaged for distribution to those battling hunger in around the world. Jackrabbit’s team typically packs about 5,400 meals.
“Local philanthropy is a key component that Jackrabbit provides in its employee experience because of the commitment that we, as owners, have in the area where we work,” notes Jackrabbit’s co-founders, Mark Mahoney and Mike Carper, “Worldwide philanthropy – balanced by giving back in our immediate area – gives our employees opportunity to develop as global and local citizens.”