Philanthropy

Philanthropy

At Venesco, we are proud to give back to our community and are committed to supporting a variety of worthy charities.

Venesco Employee Serves Athletes in Action (AIA) Tour

Chris Anderson, MS/ATC/LAT, contracted Certified Athletic Trainer employed by Venesco LLC, went on the AIA tour to Puerto Rico in April 2017. AIA, a donor-supported ministry, uses sports as a platform to open doors and create connections in a way that few other things can, stating, “Sports are a universal language. Everyone, regardless of race, culture, socio-economic status or religious conviction, understands the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” Chris attended with a great group of coaches and players who spent their time doing basketball clinics, visiting a children’s home, serving food and donating shoes to a homeless shelter. At their last team time, Chris asked the team to describe their 2 weeks together with one word. They said, “unbelievable, unforgettable, family, unity, life-changing, love.”

Chris shared the comments some of his players had at the end of their trip.

  • “Gained my love and joy for basketball back. Really moved by the fiery red-haired girl at children’s home who went from anger in her eyes to smiling.” – Trey, Kansas “Refreshed my joy for basketball. Loved the camp and the kids.” – Ashley, North Carolina
  • “My focus coming in was 99% basketball, leaving it’s all about relationships with this team.” – Alex, Texas
  • Never thought I’d ever be this close to anyone, got a lot more out of it than expected. Children’s home broke my heart.” –  Grant, Ohio   

Venesco Signs Equal Pay Pledge

 

Venesco is proud to sign the Equal Pay Pledge as commitment to pay equity.

 

White House Announces New Commitments to the Equal Pay Pledge

The White House launched the Equal Pay Pledge in June at the first-ever United State of Women Summit, encouraging companies from across the American economy to take action to advance equal pay. Today we are announcing new signatories to the White House Equal Pay Pledge and highlighting the critical role that businesses can play in reducing the national gender pay gap.

 

Today, women make up nearly half of the U.S. labor force and more women than ever are the breadwinners in their families. More women are also working in positions and fields that have been traditionally occupied by men. Yet in 2015, the typical woman working full-time all year in the United States earned only 80 percent of what the typical man earned working full-time all year. The pay gap is even greater for African American and Latina women, with African American women earning 63 cents and Latina women earning 54 cents for every dollar earned by a white non-Hispanic man. The gender wage gap continues to be a very real and persistent problem that continues to shortchange American women and their families.

 

Employers for Pay Equity Business Consortium

This year on Women’s Equality Day, a group of White House Equal Pay Pledge employers formed an independent business consortium, Employers for Pay Equity—to help private industry players share best practices and develop better hiring, promotion, and pay policies.

 

By signing the Equal Pay Pledge, Venesco is

  • Acknowledging the critical role businesses must play in reducing the national pay gap.
  • Committing to conducting an annual company-wide gender pay analysis across occupations.
  • Reviewing hiring and promotion processes and procedures to reduce unconscious bias and structural barriers.
  • Embedding equal pay efforts into broader enterprise-wide equity initiatives.
  • Pledging to take these steps as well as identify and promote other best practices that will close the national wage gap to ensure fundamental fairness for all workers.

22 Too Many
Approximately 22 veterans a day take their own lives, a report released in 2016 by the Department of Veteran Affairs shows.

There are a number of reasons for this startling statistic, among them: post-traumatic stress (PTS), the effects of traumatic brain injury, and the negative stigma in the military community around seeking help.

Through athletic events, 22 Too Many seeks to serve as a living memorial, increase public knowledge and awareness of PTS to help reduce the stigma, share helpful resources, and provide support and comfort to the grieving families left behind.

The goal is to see 22 reduced to 0.