Bentonville, AR (June 22, 2011) – As cleanup efforts continue from the devastating F5 tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri on May 22, Ivie & Associates, Inc. partnered with Samaritan’s Purse International Relief to send 17 Ivie employees to help with relief efforts.
Ivie & Associates is headquartered in Flower Mound, Texas, with satellite offices across the U.S. and in China. One of those satellite offices is located in Bentonville, Arkansas, about an hour’s drive away from the tornado’s devastation, which moved associates in that office to lend a helping hand.
“The tornado hit incredibly close to home,” Ivie employee Kari VonStrohe said. “Many of the people here in Northwest Arkansas are somehow connected to people directly or indirectly affected by the tornado.”
The Ivie Bentonville team has traditionally scheduled a team building exercise outside of work every quarter, and they felt that providing relief support to tornado victims would be a rewarding experience. Ivie Cares, a community service program of Ivie & Associates, provides employees with paid time off every year to volunteer with charitable organizations. The Bentonville employees were able to use this benefit to assist with the relief efforts.
“To work for a company that allows employees to take time off to help out with a cause that they believe in is an enormous asset,” group organizer Gavin Meek said. “It’s a great feeling to work for a company that cares about its employees and the communities surrounding them.”
Samaritan’s Purse volunteers were among the very first group of responders to Joplin. Ivie’s team members were assigned with helping manage a small warehouse distribution center containing various supplies for victims affected by the tornado. Ivie employees also donated gloves, goggles, and coolers to the warehouse.
Samaritan’s Purse plans to continue providing support through the duration of the relief process. For more information about Ivie & Associates or the Ivie Cares program, please visit www.ivieinc.com.
Founded in 1993, Ivie & Associates, Inc. is headquartered in Flower Mound, Texas, and employs over 300 professionals throughout its U.S. and China offices and has annual billing in excess of $250 million. Ivie provides a full array of marketing solutions including production services, sourcing, procurement, staff enhancement, media services, public relations, digital and interactive marketing, and general project management for Sam’s Club, Sally Beauty Supply, Albertsons, Dollar General, Dick’s Sporting Goods, B&Q Home Improvement, Watsons Beauty Products, Leslie’s Pool Supplies, Raley’s, QKL Stores Inc., Niemann Foods and many other top organizations.