Reading, PA – On Wednesday, February 28, a local company, Berkshire Systems Group Inc., is giving back to the community by having its employees engage in a service project to benefit youth at 10th and Penn Elementary School, Northeast Middle School, and the Reading Bike Hub. Over 100 employees of the Shillington-based systems integration company will be working together to build 20 bikes during their annual meeting to be used as part of incentive programs at these youth organizations.
The project is part of BSGI’s corporate culture of encouraging employee volunteerism and giving back to the community. Beth Hann, BSGI President said “Giving back is not just about making ourselves feel good, but it’s our obligation as human beings to help where we can. My goal is to give our staff the opportunity to get involved to whatever level they feel comfortable and try to make a positive difference in people’s lives.”
This project is being organized by VOiCEup Berks, a local nonprofit dedicated to connecting people with meaningful volunteer opportunities in Berks County. “It is amazing to help civic-minded local companies connect with organizations in our area to fill community needs and help others. I’m thrilled to be part of an organization that facilitates these connections and promotes positive community change.” Said Christi Terefenko, Executive Director for VOiCEup Berks.
Bike building expertise will be volunteered by Justin Bernardo, owner of JB Bike Shop in Shillington, who will be on hand to help during the February event.
VOiCEup Berks, a fund of Berks County Community Foundation and an affiliate of Youth Volunteer Corps, is a local organization dedicated to connecting all sectors of Berks County to volunteer opportunities through service learning. Formed in 2015, VOiCEup is the collaborative effort of a group of experienced volunteers who are committed to the power of service.