Giving back to our communities – even the four-legged ones

Here at Hyland, we take great pride in the communities where we work. When we started developing software in 1991, our goals were to do what’s best for our employees and our customers, while giving back to the Cleveland area.

As we’ve grown to a company more than 3,000 people strong, with offices around the world, we’re thankful to have the opportunity to make an even bigger impact on our communities as we support a culture that fosters friendship and generosity.

And that doesn’t stop at just two legs. More on that in a minute …

$100 K for our favorite charities!

Every year during the holidays, we run giving campaigns based on employee suggestions. This year, we estimate Hylanders raised roughly $100,000 in cash and gifts to support some great causes!

Here are some of the ways we were able to help:

  • Adopt-a-family supporting the Centers for Families and Children
  • Toy drive for Toys-for-Tots
  • Donations of shoes and clothes for kids

Don’t forget the dogs, cats, and … bunnies

We also held our annual holiday contest where employees purchase raffle tickets for great prizes. The money we generate goes directly to nonprofit organizations chosen by Hylanders. This year, we raised more than $53,000 (included in the $100 K figure noted above).

The three nonprofits we directed money to this year were Family Promise of Greater ClevelandFriendship Animal Protective League (FAPL), and The Littlest Heroes. Each organization will receive more than $17,000!

As an example of the services this money helps fund, FAPL was able to save more than 4,000 animals in 2017, according to Greg Willey, the organization’s director.

That’s amazing!

And we Hylanders love our animal friends. I know this money will help FAPL do even more in 2018. With help from the community, the organization will be able to continue to provide the excellent care and love that we all see when we visit.

The people at FAPL truly do wonderful work and are an integral part of our community, as you can see from this news segment on Channel 3 WKYC.

A year-round commitment

In addition to the money we raise for FAPL, a group from Hyland volunteers there throughout the year, walking and socializing dogs, cleaning litter boxes and cat crates, and tending to whatever animals are in need. It’s a great program, and we love being a part of it.

For example, while we volunteered last week, FAPL rescued 40 bunnies from a hoarding situation. The organization provided them with medical attention and readied them for adoption.

We will use money raised from this event to provide emergency medical care to animals in need. Every year, we intervene on behalf of hundreds of companion animals that require lifesaving medical attention. From mending broken bones to treating rare illnesses, we take financial responsibility for animals not only locally, but across the state.

This year, we will spend $65,000 on emergency medical care alone. A donation of this magnitude makes all the difference in the world for these animals and the families that provide them a second chance.  

– Greg Willey, director, FAPL

In January, we’ll take a deep dive into the work we helped The Littlest Heroes accomplish – making a positive impact on young people.

Until then, have great holidays everyone!

Bridget Eastep

Bridget Eastep

Bridget Eastep joined Hyland in 2008 and currently works as an employee engagement specialist, where she focuses on community engagement and employee onboarding.

1 Response

  1. Roger Varner says:

    I just wanted to let you know how much your contributions to the APL are appreciated. The APL does such a great job, especially at this time of the year, to help the neglected and abused animals in this area. I wish my organization would do things like this for them. I actually applied at Hyland a few years back. It’s too bad that I couldn’t complete the application process.

    Keep up the great work!

    Roger

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