The holidays are a season of giving back, but for some companies, it’s a yearlong mission. Through hard work, associate initiatives, and fundraisers, PTM’s MTG committee members find ways to make serving their associates a full-time career.
Our associates get the opportunity to give back to the community in a very personal way. The holiday season is a special time, and in addition to everyday generosity, the MTG team is going shopping for an entire family to bring them joy on Christmas morning.
Can employers directly help their associates who experience the setbacks life throws at them? Absolutely. Just this year, $15,000 has gone toward associates for expenses such as car breakdowns, rent payments, and electric bills.
Employers can set up charitable nonprofit corporate foundations, like MTG, that can assist their employees in certain circumstances. Benefits can be provided based on criteria related to basic living necessities or an individual’s need for financial assistance originating from an unexpected misfortune.
Since 2013, the money raised by MTG has steadily increased. As of now, from 2016 to 2017 there was a decline in overall contributions, but our research shows that this was due mainly to contributors to Charlie Big Heart. Money is received quarterly, so a full year of contributions will not be counted until the end of December 2017.
This year has been MTG’s biggest year since 2013, helping 19 associates with an average amount of $820.12 per associate.
“MTG has been blessed with continued employee contributions, so MTG can keep continuing to give back to the employees in need of assistance,” states Mike, Treasurer for PTM Corporation.
If every associate at PTM/MTI donated just $1 a week, MTG would have raised an additional $11,336 this year! As of November 22, 2017, only 45 out of 263 PTM/MTI associates are donating to MTG every week.
We are putting big plans into motion for 2018. With six luncheons scheduled, we hope to see the face of every PTM/MTI associate. These luncheons can make a huge difference for your fellow associates. For example, this past year when an associate’s house caught fire, he lost everything. MTG assisted him with a deposit for an apartment for him and his family, but he still needed more. Due to bylaws, nonprofit organizations can only help so many times a year. To further assist this associate, MTG held a fundraiser luncheon where 100% of the profits went this family.
There are numerous ways to get involved at these luncheons “For example, at the last luncheon associates for just $1 were able to enter a raffle to win two Pistons tickets,” with all you can eat and drink at Private Players Club – a prize valued at over $620!
The Family of PTM Corporation
When Donna Russell-Kuhr, Vice President of PTM Corporation, asked MTG committee members why they wanted to help associates through MTG, they all had similar answers. Everyone has been in a situation where they needed help financially, and it’s hard to ask for help without feeling ashamed. The entire MTG team is loving, giving, and respectful, and they want to give back in every way they can. For example, some members serve on the committee as a personal thank you to PTM for being such an amazing company to work for. They believe it’s important to tell people about the company and the MTG committee.
If you want to become part of the PTM/MTI family, visit www.ptmcorporation.com. The money raised by the MTG committee stays within the PTM/MTI family. Local establishments do help the nonprofit organization by offering service discounts or providing venues. Many consider involvement in MTG a blessing. Best of all, it helps you grow personally and professionally. We set our goal for 2018 high. We hope every associate, all 263 of you, helps us reach that goal this year.