Each year CRT/tanaka donates between 10% to 15% of its after-tax profits, in pro-bono time and charitable donations, to deserving nonprofit organizations. This culminates with our annual Community Service Day, which we have proclaimed “The Best Day of the Year.” We close each of our five offices for one full day to allow teams of employees to go out and volunteer with local charities. This year's Community Service Day is scheduled for December 16, 2011.
“We want to make a difference with our lives. We hope to pay tribute to our clients. And, we encourage everyone on staff to be fulfilled. So, we work within our communities – sharing our talents and money to make the lives of others better,” said Mark Raper, CRT/tanaka CEO.
Employees from all offices are pitching in. Staffers from the Richmond, VA, office will be sorting, packing, and delivering lunches with Meals on Wheels, as well as wrapping presents, addressing cards and helping with holiday crafts and special projects for the Virginia Home, which provides nursing, therapeutic, and residential care to adults with irreversible physical disabilities. The Norfolk, VA, office is volunteering at the Salvation Army in Virginia Beach. Staffers will sort through donated gifts to make sure that needy children get clothes and shoes in their sizes and toys that are age-appropriate.
Meanwhile employees from CRT/tanaka's Washington, DC, office will once again help wrap gifts at the Central Union Mission, a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides much-needed services, such as an 18-month rehabilitation program for men with life-controlling issues, a free meals program, a clothing and furniture distribution center, and a 220-acre retreat center with a camp for underprivileged children. In New York, employees will be volunteering at the Humane Society of New York (Manhattan) and the Brooklyn Children's Museum, where they will work with animals and in the administrative offices at both sites.
Community service has always been a part of the fabric of CRT/tanaka. It's in keeping with one of our nine shared values, “Give without expecting anything in return.”