Project GIFT® (Giving Inspiration for Tomorrow)
Southwire’s volunteer program, Project GIFT, allows employees to give back to the communities we serve. This program, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, serves as the umbrella program for many of Southwire’s charitable and service-related initiatives, such as disaster relief, Back to School
and Toys for Tots.
Project GIFT is led by Southwire Giving Back employee coordinators who volunteer to lead and organize events across our locations—in addition to their full-time role. Our passionate coordinators make it possible for all Southwire employees to engage with communities through Project GIFT.
In addition to our Giving Back coordinators, employees are able to become “Blackshirts”—named for the coveted shirts they earn—by volunteering in two or more community service events per year. To increase participation at all volunteer events, and increase the number of Blackshirts annually, we continuously engage employees through internal channels and also use social media to connect and update outside volunteers interested in Southwire’s giving efforts.
2019 Project GIFT Success:
- Achieved more than 1,200 active Blackshirt volunteers against our goal of 1,000 Blackshirt volunteers—a 25% improvement in participation year over year
- Distributed more than 25,000 bags of free school supplies across all of our Giving Back Communities during Southwire’s 15th Annual Back to School efforts