Its award season and gap intelligence is in line for a lot of great accolades for our successes.  While we cherish everything that we are recognized for, acknowledgement for our work with the local community has made us particularly proud.  The Helibron Award is given to San Diego companies that have made the biggest impact to the local community, which are selected by the San Diego Rotary Club and San Diego Business Journal.

Though we don’t do it for the awards, the recognition is a huge honor for us.

Helibron Award

As repeated many times on this blog, gap intelligence is a values led company.  We care about each other.  We care about our clients and we care about our local community.  Giving back is a large part of gap intelligence as our work contributes to something bigger than ourselves.  At the beginning of each calendar year, we strategize plans on how to grow our business, our team members, and our charitable efforts, which is led by an internal committee called the 3T’s.

With the leadership of the 3T’s, gap intelligence uses our Time, Treasure, and Talent to give back to the local San Diego community as well as our office across the world in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.  In 2011, gap intelligence worked with Habitat for Humanity and helped build four homes in El Cajon.  We raised funds for Susan G. Komen and the American Lung Association and we collected toys for needy children during the holidays.  Our team in Uzbekistan collectively supported an orphanage in Tashkent.

The 3T’s committee has taken a structured and organized approach to our charitable giving.  The third Thursday of each month is dedicated to working with two local non-profits, namely the San Diego Food Bank and Father Joe Villages.

San Diego Food Bank 2

With the San Diego food bank, gap intelligence team members have parceled thousands of meals that will help feed needy children and seniors.  Efficiency and speed are keys to a successful evening of packing as many crates as possible and our team has excelled.

At Father Joe’s, our team has worked the food lines that gives meals to San Diego’s homeless population.  The project is extremely rewarding and inspires us to continue to give back to the San Diego community.

Father Joes

In addition to our regular campaigns, the 3T’s have organized large event group projects with the Surfrider Foundation and San Diego Blood Bank.

In April, the team helped the Surfrider Foundation clean up a large portion of beach on Sunset Cliffs and on May 31st, the gap intelligence sponsored blood drive officially “broke the bank”.  We registered 47 donors and collected 35 pints for the San Diego Blood Bank, which has the potential to save 245 lives.

Blood Drive

Upcoming events:

  • November 4th: Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure at Balboa Park
  • November 10th: The Fight for Air Walk with Team Asthma Attackers along the Embarcadero
  • November & December 2012: Canned Food Drive at Liberty Station

The Helibron Award is a wonderful pat on the back for a great job by the 3T’s and the gap intelligence team.  This little company continues to do great big things.

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