“Corporate social responsibility” has become a popular concept and buzzword, driving many companies to reach out to the communities that surround them.
Admins often lead those efforts.
At Imperial Sugar Company’s sugar refinery in Gramercy, La., administrative assistant Charmaine Ordeneaux recently co-chaired a fundraising effort for the American Cancer Society.
Called “Relay for Life,” the fundraiser is one of the company’s favorite community programs. And it requires an enormous amount of organizing—an admin’s forte.
According to Ordeneaux, each year, beginning in January, plant employees hold a series of preliminary fundraisers, including bake sales, a casino bus trip, raffles and more.
The program culminates with an overnight camping event in the spring, where teams raise more money. During that final event, team members walk laps to celebrate with those who survived cancer and honor those who have lost the battle.
A highlight of the evening is the Luminaria Ceremony, during which candles are lit inside sand-filled bags, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer.
Ordeneaux says Sky Lanterns are released into the air like miniature hot air balloons, “lifting up our prayers and taking away all of our worries and concerns.”
The 18-member Gramercy team raised more than $9,000.