BRT Bowl For Kids’ Sake with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana

In 2016 the Engagement committee surveyed all BRT employees on where they felt we should give our time and talent to our community in 2017.  In addition to our quarterly on site volunteering with Gleaners, we chose to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana and form a team for the event on May 11th, Bowl For Kids’ Sake.

BRT Bowlers: Kim Gossett, Josh Silcox, Caitlin Conroy, Anna Richter, Anna Sharpe, David Frizzell

BRT Bowlers Brian Monroe and Tho Le

BRT Bowlers Anna Richter and Jamie Meyer

Leading up to the event we raised money by collecting individual donations and holding a fun “Office Space” sytle event in which we donated money to take a swing at our old copier.  (Here’s the full story).

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters largest national fundraiser, raising over $20 million annually for children in need across the country. Because of Bowl for Kids’ Sake, more Bigs and Littles can be paired up, more friendships can be created and improved outlooks on life can be started.

In total our team raised $850 placing us third highest fundraising team of the evening.

Our team enjoyed two hours of bowling, food, drinks and fun!  Thank you to our BRT Team members for participating in a great event and congratulations to all of the BRT employees for all the money you raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana!



BRT Volunteer Day at Gleaners Food Bank Of Indiana – We Helped Feed 14,769 People Today!

Thank you to our afternoon volunteer crew: Josh Silcox, Robert Bocko, Jamie Meyer, David Frizzell, Patricia Monroe, Jessica Wheeler, Abigail Harcourt

Giving back to our community via volunteerism is a core value of the BRT culture.  Many times a team member will suggest an initiative that is close to his/her heart and sometimes, the idea originates from our Engagement Committee.

Volunteering during business hours is highly encouraged here at BRT – so much so that it’s a PAID event for the employees.

In 2016 the Engagement committee surveyed all BRT employees on where they felt we should give our time and talent to our community in 2017.  Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana ranked high on the list.

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana distributes food to hungry Hoosiers through a network of over 250 partner agencies in 21 counties, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.  They also provide direct services to those struggling with hunger, through programs such as BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids, School-Based Pantry, C.A.R.E. Mobile Pantry, and Community Cupboard.

Every day Gleaners depends on hundreds of volunteers to help them achieve their mission and because of volunteers, they are able to collect and distribute more than 2 million pounds of food each month!  See our Video Here!

Blue Ribbon Transport has committed to volunteering with Gleaners once a quarter to assist them in any way they feel we can be used.  Our first opportunity was February of this year and this week, BRT was fortunate to help in TWO SHIFTS!

Both our morning volunteer crew and our afternoon crew helped inspect donated food for damage and expiration dates.  We learned a lot about the shelf life of dry goods, canned goods and food items with dairy in them.  Interestingly can goods are good for TWO years after the expiration date; dry goods are good for ONE year after the expiration date, and food with dairy in them (like salad dressing) are good for three months after the expiration date.

In under two hours our morning volunteer crew helped sort 8452 pounds of food!  The average person eats 1lb of food per meal so our efforts helped feed 7444 people that day!  Gleaners told us that normally a group of our size would sort about 6000 pounds of food so we are, as we knew, overachievers!  😉  Our Afternoon volunteer crew during their two hour shift sorted 8813 pounds of food, feeding 7325 people that day.

Way to go!!

Gleaners was extremely appreciative of our dedication to help and our employees had a great time!

We’re looking forward to volunteering as a company again next quarter on Tuesday, August 1st!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



BRT SpartanNash Employees Join Forces and Collect Donations for Goodwill

SpartanNash held an Earth Week donation drive at 80 of their corporate-owned grocery stores in partnership with Goodwill and BRT joined in to host a drive here at our Corporate location in Indianapolis.  Since 2011, SpartanNash associates and store guests have diverted more than 121,500 pounds of materials from landfills through these donation drives and the team members of BRT were excited to participate in a similar initiative here in Indy!

The drive started April 14th and we collected thru Monday afternoon on the 24th when the Goodwill truck came to pick up the donations.  Each day we watched the number of bags full of donations increase on our in office basketball court which inspired more of team members to contribute and reach our goal.

For every 13 gallon bag that BRT could fill, Goodwill would donate a USD $5.00 voucher to the charities and community organizations we support locatlly .  Employees were asked to look in closets, dressers, basements, and storage units for items to donate and help BRT raise money for those in need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each team member received a ticket for each bag donated and each ticket was a chance to win one of two USD $50.00 Gift Cards.  The final number was 60 bags donated to Goodwill and the winners of the two Gift Cards were Abigail Harcourt and Jamie Meyer.

Director of HR, Jamie Meyer

Abigail Harcourt – HSL Specialist

Thank you to all who donated to this event and for all your support!  Another example of being BadAss!

 



“Office Space” style Fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake 2017 – Part 2

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On Thursday May 11th, 6-8pm, BRT will have a team participating in the Big Brother Big Sister of Indiana Bowling for Kids’ Sake event at Woodland Bowl ! We are currently taking donations here and to encourage more donations from our BRT associates donated $5.00 per swing or three swings for $10.00.

All afternoon BRT team members took swings at the copier – here’s a video of the “kick-off” at 1pm!

At the end of the day we raised $241!  Thanks BRT!

*Don’t worry – we WILL appropriately recycle the copier’s parts locally once we’ve all had our fun (and hopefully raised a lot of money)   😉



“Office Space” style Fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake 2017

Here at BRT we’ve been dealing with a pesky copier/printer/scanner that no matter how many times we call for repair, it doesn’t want to cooperate.  It frustrates us so much, and many of our team members have asked – “Can’t I just beat it to bits”?

Well – good idea – yes, you can!  We now have a NEW copier/printer/scanner and since we have to dispose of the old one anyway….We are holding an “Office Space” style beating and incorporating it into our Fundraiser for Bowl for Kids Sake happening May 11th.

What might that look like?  See the clip here.

On Thursday May 11th, 6-8pm, BRT will have a team participating in the Big Brother Big Sister of Indiana Bowling for Kids’ Sake event at Woodland Bowl ! We are currently taking donations here and to encourage more donations from our BRT associates we are allowing them to BID for the 1st Swing.  As of the time of this posting, first swing opening bid is up to $100!

After that, team members are able to donate $5.00 per swing or three swings for $10.00.

Stay tuned for pictures and video of what’s guaranteed to be an exciting fundraiser!!

*Don’t worry – we WILL appropriately recycle the copier’s parts locally once we’ve all had our fun (and hopefully raised a lot of money)   😉



BRT Volunteer Day at Gleaners Food Bank Of Indiana

Thank you to our amazing BRT volunteers: (Back Row, Left to Right) Jared Hoss, Austin Potts, Darrel Rice, Logan Snyder, Byron Owen, Emily Karaff, Lucy Polovitch, Nick Phillips, Rusty Drayer (Front Row, Left to Right) Brittany Anderson, Emma Shields, Torrey Moore, Dan Himmelheber, Kim Gossett , Claire Nelson, Shawna O’Brien

Giving back to our community via volunteerism is a core value of the BRT culture.  Many times a team member will suggest an initiative that is close to his/her heart and sometimes, the idea originates from our Engagement Committee.

Volunteering during business hours is highly encouraged here at BRT – so much so that it’s a PAID event for the employees.

Last quarter the Engagement committee surveyed all BRT employees on where they felt we should give our time and talent to our community in 2017.  Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana ranked high on the list.

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana distributes food to hungry Hoosiers through a network of over 250 partner agencies in 21 counties, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.  They also provide direct services to those struggling with hunger, through programs such as BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids, School-Based Pantry, C.A.R.E. Mobile Pantry, and Community Cupboard.

Every day Gleaners depends on hundreds of volunteers to help them achieve their mission and because of volunteers, they are able to collect and distribute more than 2 million pounds of food each month!  See our Video Here!

Blue Ribbon Transport has committed to volunteering with Gleaners once a quarter to assist them in any way they feel we can be used.  This week was our first effort and we were THRILLED at how many BRT individuals wanted to help.  What a GREAT 1st turnout!

Our 15 volunteers were assigned to work in the cooler inspecting, sorting, scanning and packing donations. Working hard and fast, we accomplished sorting, weighing and packing NINE TONS of meat and frozen food in under 2 hours!

The frozen items we sorted and packed will be made available to Gleaner’s customers coming in to shop for food at the Cynthia H. Hubert Community Cupboard.

Gleaners was extremely impressed with how hard we worked and how much we accomplished in under two hours and our employees had a great time!

We’re looking forward to volunteering as a company again next quarter on Tuesday, May 2nd!

 



The Largest Holiday Card We have Ever Made!

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Blue Ribbon Transport was asked to participate in Lawrence’s 5th annual Tree lighting ceremony on November 26th, 2016 by creating a large BRT branded Holiday card.  This large card is to be displayed along “Christmas Card Lane” on Post road, in the heart of what was once Fort Benjamin Harrison and just down the road from BRT headquarters.

Our card will be displayed before, during and after the parade that will kick off the season at 5pm on the 26th.

The family friendly event will include a visit from Santa, the Grinch, caroling, a one hour musical program and the tree lighting.

Thank you to everyone who helped in the planning, construction and painting!  All of your efforts created an amazing, festive card.  Our card will be displayed on Post Road between Otis Ave., and 59th St. beginning Saturday afternoon through the holiday season.

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BRT Collects Much Needed Items to Assist our Honored Veterans This Thanksgiving

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John Carlson, Manager of Business Development, introduced the employees of BRT to the Non Profit, Homeless Veteran’s Initiative Program (Homeless VIP) as a result of a close friendship with Veteran, Chris Manus, who founded Homeless VIP.  John has a true passion to give back to his community and working with Chris to help our Indianapolis Veterans was a natural fit.

john-c-chairJohn, volunteering as Vice President of Homeless VIP, has led the charge to start a collection at BRT to gather much needed items such as coats, blankets, boots and food for our honored and deserving Veterans in the Indianapolis area this Holiday Season.  John says, “It is a truly humbling experience to help those less fortunate in our local community, especially veterans who have fought for our freedom. As vice president of this Non Profit Organization, I want to do anything I can to help!”

All of us at BRT are excited to help John and Homeless VIP show our Veterans our appreciation and support!

BRT has a collection box set up in the kitchen for clothing donations and Homeless VIP will be volunteering our time at the annual Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF) Thanksgiving dinner.  Homeless VIP, with BRT’s help and the help of other generous donors, hope to provide additional food items through donations that can be made via their website here.

We will be collecting the following items:

  • Long-Johns
  • Sock Caps
  • Gloves
  • Winter Coats
  • Winter Boats
  • Scarfs
  • Thick Socks
  • Blankets

Items needed for the Thanksgiving dinner include:  Rolls, Cranberry sauce, Assorted desserts, Pie, Brownies, cookies, cake, etc.; Assorted soft drinks & tea; Cups, Napkins, Plastic ware .

BRT sees this initiative as a wonderful opportunity as an organization to help John with this effort that will have an immediate and meaningful impact on our local Veterans.

Please share with your friends, family and peers in the Indianapolis area to help us collect the above mentioned items.  Or, you may contact Homeless VIP directly via email at: info@homelessvip.org or their Facebook Page here if you’d like to donate directly or start your own collection drive.

If you live outside of the Indianapolis area, we encourage you to reach out to your local VOA or similar Non Profit Organization in your area this season.



Blue Ribbon Transport Offering FREE Flu Shots to Employees

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As we move into Fall season, we know that the Flu can travel quickly among us all.  Therefore, all full time BRT employees are being offered FREE flu shots in the office today.

Thank you to Walmart Pharmacy for bringing all that’s needed onsite to our training room to provide this convenient service to our employees.  And, thank you to all of our BadAss employees who are taking advantage of this opportunity to prevent the flu and stay healthy this season!

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BRT Participates in a Fun & Rewarding Community Event with Indy DO Day!

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Friday, September 30th, many BRT employees participated in a major community service initiative across the city of Indianapolis called Indy Do Day.  This event overall is an an opportunity for people to get to know their neighbors, take ownership of the community they live in, and also help take care of one another.

Indy-Do-Day encourages people to think outside the box when it comes to finding ways to give back.  Over 15,000 individuals from various organizations signed up to participate over the course of three days.

After participating last year, BRT jumped at the chance to participate once again this year gathering three times as many volunteers as last year.  Employees split into two day shifts:  a morning group from 9am-noon and an afternoon group from noon-3pm.

Partnering with the Lawrence Township School Foundation, BRT focused on cleaning up the Garden and the nature trail at Skiles Test Elementary School.

You may view photos, videos, and testimonials about all the great work done on Indy DO Day on our Facebook and Twitter as well as Indy Do Day’s Facebook and Twitter (@IndyDoDay and #IndyDoDay ).

Check out this great video capturing the hard work of many volunteers and BRT at minute 2:32!