Why does a company that codifies municipal laws care so much about its community? Well, codification—organizing written laws by subject matter—is a cornerstone of civilization. Codes provide the order and stability required for economic development, scientific discovery, and technological advancement. And within a civilization, people respect each other. So, we think General Code and its employees have a responsibility to be good members of our greater community and offer good will to others.
An important value that our company lives by is Caring and Concern. For us, this means more than providing an internally supportive and fulfilling environment. It means General Code and its employees support a variety of non-profit organizations through initiatives and events in our local community. We support families in need and people facing hardships, whether they are our employees, neighbors, or people we’ve never met.
This mentality isn’t just a grass-roots movement. It is supported at the highest levels. As our President & CEO Gary Domenico says, “It’s the right thing to do.”
Our recent efforts include:
PAWS (Providing Animal Welfare Services) has been created to assist residents within the City of Rochester in caring for their dogs and thus preventing the shelters from filling up. With this in place, we are all working toward preventing a vicious cycle of animals being seized and/or surrendered, and ultimately being put down. General Code recently held a collection for items that are needed to assist with this program. We were able to collect dog food, blankets and other various items for PAWS.
Mended Hearts, a national nonprofit organization, has been offering the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers for more than 50 years. Recently, General Code collected books, videos, magazines, pajamas and other items needed at the hospitals where these children are treated. We were able to provide over six large boxes of items to this organization.
Our giving spirit consistently shines bright at Thanksgiving time. General Code has contributed to the Small Business Council of Rochester (SBC) Thanksgiving food basket drive since 1997. The SBC gathers food and gift cards and distributes them through Rochester-area organizations such as the Sojourner House, YWCA, Alternatives for Battered Women, Baden Street Settlement, Veterans Outreach Center and more. In 2010, over 700 food baskets were distributed through the SBC to local non-profit organizations.
In the fall of 2012, General Code held a drive for school supplies to benefit Cameron Community Ministries. Because of our support, along with other organizations throughout our community, a total of 70 book bags filled with school supplies were given to the children in after-school programs. Each teacher at Rochester City School 30 also received a bag of supplies for their classroom. Cameron Community Ministries was delighted that even during challenging economic times, our support remained faithful.
Shoes for Haiti
General Code went beyond the local community to provide shoes, and socks, as well as vitamins and dental care products, to the community of Jacmel, Haiti. An employee of General Code delivered these donations to Haiti in April 2012 and assisted with a variety of medical and educational projects during his stay. This trip was organized by Restore Haiti, an organization that does an amazing job of providing food, education and hope to children through sponsorships and donations from around the world. The Restore Haiti sponsorship program currently provides food, education and medical care to over 450 children.
Study Buddy Support
Since investing in the education of the children in our community is critical, General Code supports the Study Buddy program at Sojourner House. In March of 2012, General Code hosted a school supply drive along with a 50/50 raffle. General Code was delighted to be a part of this program.
Through the generosity of General Code employees, we helped Gates Public Library participate in World Book Night in April 2012. This is an international effort to get books into the hands of reluctant adult readers, with the hope of fostering in them a love of reading. In addition to dozens of books from employees, General Code also made a monetary donation to this cause.
In the spring of 2012, General Code hosted a supply drive and 50/50 raffle to support The Genesee Center for the Arts & Education. The Center is a community-based not-for-profit that educates, encourages and inspires all people to create and enjoy the visual arts. The generous support of General Code employees made it possible to provide the Center with several large boxes full of various supplies as well as a monetary donation.
Hat & Mitten Clothesline
For many years, General Code has collected hats, mittens, socks and other warm winter clothing items during the cold months of the year to give to those less fortunate in our area. In 2013, we collected throughout the months of January and February and made trips each month to Cameron Community Ministries, bringing many boxes of warm clothing each time.
Requests for assistance from Rochester Family Mission have doubled in only a few years. General Code made a monetary donation towards their 2011 Christmas food baskets to help meet their goal of providing a hot meal for over 760 families in Rochester. The Rochester Family Mission provides food to more than 50 families every day.
During the Christmas season, General Code has teamed up with the Society for the Protection and Care of Children by sponsoring an entire family, providing them with needs as well as wishes. Many of the children and young people served by SPCC have experienced events that are hard for most of us to even think about. Some are victims of child abuse and neglect, some live in homes where domestic violence is an everyday occurrence, and many live in poverty. Through the generous giving spirit at General Code, we have been able to supply food baskets and gifts to many families throughout the community.
For more information about General Code’s Community Giving Program, contact us at community [at] generalcode [dot] com.