January 2, 2014 by Lisa Brammer
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
― Winston Churchill
Community is very important to us here at UCS. I’m not just talking about our very own UCS community–the one we’ve built–but also the communities in which we live, work, and thrive. Because, hey, aren’t we all in this together? We think it is so important we not only refer to community in our Mission Statement, (See our Mission Statement and guiding Principles here) but we also “put our money where our mouth is” when we created our Employee Volunteer Program (EVP) as a part of our company’s Health and Wellness Program. Our EVP gives each employee a bank of hours each year similar to PTOs called VTOs for Volunteer Time Off. Employees can then request time-off to work their favorite charities using their VTO hours.
“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.”
― Ben Carson
These VTO hours have enabled our team members to take the time off necessary to volunteer at: local church and community fundraisers, school endeavors, the breast cancer charity; After Breast Cancer Diagnosis (ABCD), Open Arms Free Clinic, Inc., and to give blood at the Red Cross Blood Drive to name a few.
Through our EVP, Credit to the Community, UCS tries to give back all year long, but the efforts really seem to get “stepped-up” during the holiday season and this year was no exception.
“For it is in giving that we receive.”
― St. Francis of Assisi
Through the generosity of our team members UCS participated in two food-drives and adopted a family through the local Elkhorn charity HOPE NOW INC. We’ve also contributed to the local Elkhorn High School Booster’s Club fundraiser and the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department.
Walworth County was fortunate to have the Open Arms Free Clinic open its doors just over a year ago to serve the health and wellness needs of the uninsured, low income and under-served residents of Walworth County. UCS has helped during this past year by participating in their fundraisers including attending their 1st Birthday Party earlier this month. We not only have donated to OAFC through their fundraisers, but also have logged over 60 volunteer hours within the clinic itself.
We are proud of our team members and our ongoing efforts to give-back because as Mbali Creazzo, the inspiration to the New York Times best-selling book “29 Gifts” says, “Giving of any kind… taking an action… begins the process of change, and moves us to remember that we are part of a much greater universe. ”
Founded in 1950, United Credit Service, Inc. is a full service revenue cycle management and debt collection agency in Wisconsin providing highly effective, customized one on one management and recovery solutions for our business partners. We offer pre-service collection solutions as well as traditional back-end collections. Visit our website at http://www.unitedcreditservice.com or call 877-723-2902.