United States, Arizona, Scottsdale - 02/03/2020 — Plexus Worldwide® (Plexus®), a leading direct-selling health and happiness company, wants to thank employees and customers who gave time and money to help those less fortunate in 2019. The company’s philanthropic department had an incredibly successful year, contributing thousands of volunteer hours and donations to awareness campaigns that benefit nonprofits.
“There is no greater joy than donating time to help those in need, and Plexus is proud to give back to the communities that helped us grow over the past decade,” said Tarl Robinson, Founder and CEO. “To help all our employees understand the value of giving back, Plexus initiated a program that provides every employee with 16 hours of paid volunteer time a year and I am proud of how enthusiastically employees have embraced this new spirit of giving.”
Through the support of Plexus, employees volunteered over 700 times in 2019, doing work such as refurbishing bicycles, packaging food boxes, and organizing donated presents. In addition, Plexus sponsored two service weeks with St. Mary’s Food Bank, in which more than half of its employees participated during each event.
In the Phoenix area alone, Plexus employees volunteered more than 2,360 hours to help nonprofits on two dozen campaigns, with hundreds more hours donated by employees in Canada and Australia. In addition, Plexus donated $500,000 in cash and in-kind donations to more than a dozen nonprofits including Cancer Support Community Arizona, The Salvation Army and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
In addition, Plexus’ Nourish One® Initiative helps families in need by providing a donation for every bag sold from the Plexus Lean™ meal replacement product line. This is a one-for-one initiative, where one serving of Plexus Lean equals one meal for a child or family through Feeding America®, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to fighting domestic hunger through a network of food banks. In 2019, Plexus contributed funding for over 6-million meals to Feeding America and Mary’s Meals, an international organization dedicated to wiping out food insecurity.
“Our vision to spread health and happiness extends beyond our community to people across the country and around the globe and this initiative allows us to multiply our donations by giving Ambassadors and customers a way to get involved,” said Alec Clark, Founder and President.
With a deep commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, Plexus regularly provides in-kind donations to community nonprofits, including 1,735 school backpacks to Arizona Helping Hands and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul. At year end, Plexus donated 2,000 Breast Chek Kits, the company’s foundational product, to Esperanca, a Phoenix based non-profit which will use the kits to educate women in low income and underserved communities.
“We are so thankful for the overwhelming support of our employees and we’re optimistic that our outreach in the community will continue to grow in 2020,” said Mary Ann Luciano, Vice President of Philanthropy.
Luciano leads a dedicated Philanthropy team that identifies nonprofits in need of assistance which fit Plexus’ values, arranges company volunteer projects, and coordinates donation drives. The company’s dedication to the community is just one of the reasons Direct Selling News listed Plexus as one of the Best Places to Work for the last three years in a row.
In 2019, Plexus was recognized for its commitment to community stewardship by several organizations, including Cancer Support Community Arizona, which selected Plexus as its “Corporate Partner of the Year”. The company’s philanthropic efforts were also noted as one reason it was selected as the top honoree for the 2019 Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce Sterling Awardsin the Big Business category.
*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.
**Plexus and Plexus Charities joined together to launch Nourish One®, an initiative where every serving of Plexus Lean™ you shake up means we’ll donate the equivalent of one meal* to Feeding America* - the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization.
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