June 6, 2023 •
I have learned so much about the Girl Scouts, especially Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio. The organization honored me as one of the Women of Distinction Honorees along with nine other women in the area. Background of Girl Scouts Juliette […]
I have learned so much about the Girl Scouts, especially Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio. The organization honored me as one of the Women of Distinction Honorees along with nine other women in the area.
Background of Girl Scouts
Juliette Gordon Low—also known by her nickname “Daisy”—started Girl Scouts in 1912 in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia. The first troop was made up of 18 girls who all shared a sense of curiosity and a belief they could do anything.
Think about it. In 1912, women in the United States could not yet vote and were expected to stick to strict social norms, encouraging girls to embrace their unique strengths and create their own opportunities was game-changing. That small gathering of girls, more than 100 years ago, ignited a movement across America where every girl could unlock her full potential, find lifelong friends, and make the world a better place.
Those Delicious Cookies
In 1917, Girl Scout Cookies were originally home baked by girl members with moms volunteering as technical advisers. The sale of cookies to finance troop activities began five years after Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouts in the United States. The Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project.
Throughout the next decade, Girl Scouts in different parts of the country continued to bake their own simple sugar cookies with their mothers and with help from the community. These cookies were packaged in wax paper bags, sealed with a sticker, and sold door-to-door for 25 to 35 cents per dozen.
We know now the prices are $5 a box and there are more varieties than the three offered in the 1930s. I forgot they are all kosher. A few years ago, I made the decision to buy Girl Scout cookies. This year I purchased a record 1,032 boxes from 86 Scouts from around the country. I put the word out on Facebook and moms (mostly) send me a link to order. Since I personally buy them the first year I had them delivered to my house, but that took up most of the foyer. The following years, I just took the time to use separate “bill to” and “deliver to” addresses.
The Scouts I support have slipped in thank you cards in the boxes, and I always feel a little closer to them. I love the badge they earned for participating in this project and I must admit John Chames, my husband, buys his own stash when he sees them at the grocery store. [He doesn’t get the cookies I buy.]
This year I have donated ALL the cookies to the Good Samaritans Food Bank program at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Akron. Good Samaritans provides food to those in our community who are unable to feed their families. Cookies are a great treat to those who truly must watch how money is spent.
I cannot put this much time to multiple service groups. I am proud of this service project that I do for our Scouts. I call these Scouts “future interns” at State and Federal Communications. Starting girls early with the Girl Scouts is a great leadership program. It helped many women we know—Senator Hillary Clinton, Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, and Venus Williams to name just some.
Until next month think how you can be a great part of your community and in 2024 when you see the Girl Scouts at various plazas, please know your $5 contribution helps them with their leadership badge.
May 10, 2023 •
People talk about Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR as we refer to it at State and Federal Communications. But is it a line item in your company’s business plan and budget or just something on your TO-DO list, transferred from […]
People talk about Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR as we refer to it at State and Federal Communications. But is it a line item in your company’s business plan and budget or just something on your TO-DO list, transferred from one week to the next?
In 2017, we had the opportunity to bring Joe May back from a brief hiatus to head up our CSR department. We have always been incredibly involved in our community, industry, and with our clients but it was not organized. Joe keeps track of everything we are involved in and has a boatload of examples to share in our CSR annual report.
The 2022 Annual Report is in production and will be available soon on our website—www.stateandfed.com.
We always hear a successful CSR program begins at the top…and at State and Federal Communications, which is me. As time and travel permit, you will see me with the team at Read to Me Day from the United Way of Summit and Medina; I order Girl Scout cookies from every scout who asks; and we have provided time off for these activities during the regular
day of business.
Check out the past and current reports on our website, www.stateandfed.com. You will see the staff out and about at Day of Action events; food distribution held monthly; and even working the polls on Election Day.
CSR is part of our culture. CSR is what we do to help others less fortunate. Our CSR programs are recognized by other businesses, our local county government, and definitely by the groups we support.
Start your CSR program today. It truly is a wonderful way to give back, extend a hand up to help others.
Until next month, how will you help your community in the next 31 days. Share your story with us. I am going to chair the United Way campaign in our community and will
have lots of examples of giving back and helping others.
December 14, 2022 •
Meet Joe May, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility at State and Federal Communications! What are your areas of expertise? I manage State and Federal Communications’ corporate social responsibility programs. This company is a true leader in corporate philanthropy and community engagement. […]
Meet Joe May, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility at State and Federal Communications!
What are your areas of expertise?
I manage State and Federal Communications’ corporate social responsibility programs. This company is a true leader in corporate philanthropy and community engagement.
How long have you been at State and Federal Communications?
I have been with the company for 15 years.
How do you help our clients?
It is important for our clients to know about our commitment to the greater community. I showcase our CSR efforts through digital media posts, videos, and especially in our CSR Annual Report, which anyone can find on our website.
August 18, 2022 •
Our Tools for School student supply drive is in the books, and we are thrilled with the results! We asked our staff to donate school supplies, helping local groups collect materials for children to use this school year. The supply […]
Our Tools for School student supply drive is in the books, and we are thrilled with the results!
We asked our staff to donate school supplies, helping local groups collect materials for children to use this school year. The supply drive directly benefited students through two organizations: United Way of Summit and Medina, and Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church’s Philoptochos society.
Our amazing staff stepped up to the plate, and is shown with this outstanding final tally: 52 utility boxes, 1 container of Clorox wipes, 100 quart Ziplock bags, 50 gallon Ziplock bags, 110 folders, 2 notebooks, 12 binders, 750 sheets of notebook paper, 114 glue sticks, 150 washable markers, 144 highlighter pens, 72 dry erase markers, 14 erasers, 98 packs of 24 crayons, 875 pencils, 80 ballpoint pens, 44 rulers, and 48 pairs of women’s ankle socks.
See the video below to learn more about our Tools for School supply drive:
March 1, 2021 •
One of the best things about having Gamble Hayden on our staff is she gets out there to learn. This year she is the chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee for Women in Government Relations (WGR). And […]
One of the best things about having Gamble Hayden on our staff is she gets out there to learn. This year she is the chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee for Women in Government Relations (WGR). And there is no better place to spread the word than with her employer, State and Federal Communications.
We made the decision to create a committee to address DEI, create a mission statement, and hire a consultant to create a culture of change, not just have a “one and done” event. Our committee developed the mission statement before and shared it with the entire staff.
State and Federal Communications, Inc. strongly supports and strives for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) amongst its staff. We value different perspectives and strongly believe that these viewpoints not only greatly improve our client relationships, but also society at large.
The entire staff at State and Federal Communications, Inc. work to create, implement, and sustain a culture of DEI by incorporating DEI practices into the company’s leadership activity, dialogue, hiring, policies, and communications. State and Federal Communications, Inc. always strives to ensure its staff and clients are encouraged and supported regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or family responsibilities.
We recognized the need to grow in this area and create a safe and honest space for DEI conversation and learning. WGR’s DEI 2020 Summit included books, articles, podcasts, movies, and documentaries, which helped us prepare a variety of options.
Then we connected with Jeremy Lile, executive director of Heart-to-Heart (H2H) Communications, who works with the Akron community to cultivate purpose-driven, values-based, and community-minded leadership. For more than 30 years H2H has inspired and developed the heart of leaders to lead and the capacity to build strong relationships.
H2H is helping us discover and develop our strengths and culture. It provides a leadership training pathway to discover and develop the characteristics and strengths, which enable individuals to follow a higher calling to include organizational and community life, bringing along the staff of State and Federal Communications to also experience greater impact.
Follow our program. We will blog about it regularly on www.lobbycomply.com and post it on our website. Our goal is not to just bring this to our staff but also to our State and Federal Communications Community.
I walk the walk and talk the talk. It starts at the top. People will not follow if the belief is not two ways. Join us.
January 19, 2021 •
Erin Victor from the Akron Snow Angels told us “there are children walking to school without socks. There are homeless people who brave the winter without the proper outerwear.” As a response, State and Federal Communications held its Be and […]
Erin Victor from the Akron Snow Angels told us “there are children walking to school without socks. There are homeless people who brave the winter without the proper outerwear.”
As a response, State and Federal Communications held its Be and Angel for the Holidays drive from early December until January 15. We collected hats, gloves, scarves, and socks of all colors and sizes.
Enjoy this fun video about our 2020-21 holiday service project!
June 10, 2020 •
Elizabeth Bartz, president and CEO of State and Federal Communications, decided 2020 was the year she would buy Girl Scout Cookies from anyone who asked. Yes, anyone who asked! The result was Bartz bought 400 boxes of assorted Girl Scout […]
Elizabeth Bartz, president and CEO of State and Federal Communications, decided 2020 was the year she would buy Girl Scout Cookies from anyone who asked. Yes, anyone who asked!
The result was Bartz bought 400 boxes of assorted Girl Scout Cookies. She bought from scouts in Ohio, Virginia, and Arizona. “I bought way too many cookies!” said Bartz.
So, what do you do with 400 boxes of cookies? Always thinking about corporate social responsibility, Bartz decided to give them to an organization. She posted on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn that she was giving away cookies to a worthy group.
Kara O’Neill (wife to WKDD’s Keith Kennedy) contacted Jaclyn Flossie from Red Oak Behavioral Health in Akron and said this was a perfect fit for them. The Red Oak team was the first to respond. They are a non-profit mental health agency serving the greater Akron community since 1963. They provide professional therapeutic and community support services for children, youth, families, and older adults.
Elizabeth Bartz and staff from State and Federal Communications had fun delivering them today. Bon appétit, everyone!
March 29, 2018 •
One of the great things about my job as Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility is I get the chance to be out in the community right where the action is. Yesterday I was a social justice facilitator at a historic […]
One of the great things about my job as Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility is I get the chance to be out in the community right where the action is. Yesterday I was a social justice facilitator at a historic community conversation called “It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race.” The event was conceived and hosted by the Akron Urban League, Temple Israel of Akron, and the YWCA Greater Cleveland.
State and Federal Communications President and CEO Elizabeth Bartz and five of the company’s staff participated.
Three hundred and fifty people gathered at Akron’s Quaker Station to begin a dialog about racism, discrimination, and unconscious bias. I found the experience to be life-giving and life-changing.
We were provided five months of training under the leadership of Urban League President and CEO Dr. Sadie Winlock, Rabbi Joshua Brown, and Laurie Zuckerman of Zuckerman Consulting. Keynote speaker Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton set the tone and then the discussion at each table began.
There were feelings of pain, candor, hope and responsibility in the room: “We sit on the shoulders of leaders in our region who have had conversations, shared personal stories and continue to try and understand people and cultures different from their own. Today is one of several luncheons taking place across the country to discover and recover from core hurts and move our society into a cohesive and collaborative space.”
What did this event do for me? I have a new resolve to get out of my comfort zone, to do a whole lot more listening, and to make some intentional friendships with people who are different from me. I am so glad I had the chance to be a small part of it. Thank you, State and Federal Communications for making this possible!
Here is a great article on WKSU describing the event.
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