ESi Employees – In the Community
ESi encourages employee participation in humanitarian projects in the local community. The Making-A-Difference Program invites employees to submit proposals that serve to make the world just a little better place through their active involvement in a humanitarian cause. Each quarter, ESi selects a project and provides up to $1,000 in funding to support the employee’s activity.
Salvation Army Angel Tree Program
Since its inception in 1979, The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program has helped to brighten the lives and holidays of thousands of needy children throughout Maryland. The program matches donors with children from qualified families that are unable to provide gifts and clothing to their children.
The Angel Tree program has become an annual tradition at ESi. During the month of December, ESi employees generously donate items and money that provide for 30 children throughout Northern Anne Arundel County.
Learn more about the Angel Tree program at their website www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Walk to Defeat ALS
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord. It slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. People diagnosed with ALS lose their ability to move and function, while their minds stay alert. No cure for this disease exists, and patients usually pass away within two to five years of diagnosis. Also, military veterans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with ALS.
Every 90 seconds someone is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 seconds someone loses his battle to this disease. The ALS Association is the only national nonprofit organization fighting this disease.
ESi employees participated in the 2019 Baltimore Walk to Defeat ALS, which took place at the Canton Waterfront in Baltimore. Team ESi had 30 participants for the walk! ESi team members donated and raised $3,500!
To learn more about the local ALS Chapter, please visit their website www.alsinfo.org.
Maryland Food Bank
The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout Maryland. For more than 35 years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need. Through their programs, the food bank aims to meet the immediate needs of Marylanders while simultaneously working to find long term ways to reduce hunger statewide. Currently they distribute about 120,000 meals per day – a total of about 44 million meals per year. The Maryland Food Bank operates from three facilities in Baltimore, Salisbury and Hagerstown and through their extensive network of soup kitchens, pantries and schools they distribute food throughout 21 counties, including Baltimore City, Somerset, Wicomico, and Washington County – some of the most food-insecure regions in Maryland.
Annually ESi employees look forward to working in the Food Bank distribution center. The group is usually responsible for unpacking donated food and products, checking expiration dates, and working on a large conveyor-belt system to sort and re-package the items for distribution to hungry Marylanders.
To learn more about the Maryland Food Bank visit www.mdfoodbank.org.
We S.P.E.A.K. On Purpose
We S.P.E.A.K. On Purpose is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in San Antonio, Texas. It uses theatrical arts to promote responsible social behavior in young adults through communication related to substance abuse, family violence, HIV and other risky behaviors, and provides resources to address community issues.
In May of 2016, ESi employee, Arriahn Johnson, who lives and works in Texas, led a fundraising effort for We S.P.E.A.K. On Purpose. ESi’s donation supported Arriahn’s participation in two events. One was an Open Mic session where Arriahn recited an original poem. The other was a play, entitled You Should Have Told Me, in which Arriahn acted. These fundraising events helped feed the homeless, and provide free HIV testing and resources for housing and crisis intervention.
To learn more about this organization, please visit their website www.wespeakonpurpose.com.
Annual Holiday Giving Campaign
Since 2003, ESi and its employees have generously donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to deserving charitable causes.
Each year, based upon employee recommendations, ESi management designates one or more charitable organizations to be the benefactors of our annual holiday drive. The monetary contribution made by each employee is matched dollar-for-dollar by the company.
We are continually inspired and humbled by the kindness and compassion demonstrated by our employees throughout the years. The following organizations have been recipients of our donations:
- American Red Cross
- The ALS Association
- Doctors Without Borders
- The Fisher House
- Homes For Our Troops
- Hospice of the Chesapeake
- House Of Ruth
- Make A Wish Foundation
- Maryland Food Bank
- Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
- The Salvation Army
- Warrior Canine Connection
In the Workplace
The Work Ethic Award
Each quarter, ESi selects an employee to receive its Work Ethic Award. The selection is based upon nominations received from customers, managers and peers. The award recognizes a specific achievement or a sustained superior performance over a period of time that exemplifies the ESi Work Ethic principles. At ESi’s quarterly All-Hands Meeting the recipient is presented with a plaque and a cash award. In addition, the employee’s name is added to a perpetual plaque in our corporate office.
The ESi Work Ethic Principles:
- Be Responsive To Our Customer – Never forget that our number one goal, indeed the very reason for our job existence, is to serve our customers. We are always striving for a way to help our customers do better. Their job is our job. We want ESi to be known as the exemplary small business partner to government and industry!
- Work Together – ESi employees will be known for their cooperative team spirit. Help your coworkers when your skills are needed. Problem solving is a cooperative exercise, not a competition. We won’t tolerate people who can’t get along. We are all team players. There is no one among us who can do this whole job, but working together there isn’t anything we can’t accomplish.
- Be Productive – We need a robust forty hours of quality work each week from everyone. Our customers are paying us well for our services. We have a moral obligation to insure that they receive proper return on their investment. Work is measured by accomplishment – not by the dissipation of energy.
- Enjoy Your Work – ESi employees will be known for their positive upbeat attitude. If work ceases to be enjoyable – you’re in the wrong job. Although other considerations may sometimes misdirect the proper technical course, don’t get discouraged or frustrated. Always keep a positive outlook. If today was bad, tomorrow will surely be better.