GREENSBORO, N.C. (November 12, 2012) — What can be achieved when 328 associates are challenged to volunteer one hour of time for each year their employer has been in business? The associates at Brady, a provider of high-efficiency HVAC systems and comprehensive building solutions for commercial and industrial facilities across North Carolina, are about to find out.

The family owned and operated business formed a committee of 16 associates and tasked them with planning a year of celebration activities. Chaired by Phil Kirk, director of Brady Energy Services, the committee decided to issue a challenge to all associates to volunteer 50 hours with charities of their choice. For associates that are unable to make the volunteering commitment, the committee has also arranged a Red Cross Blood Drive and an annual food drive. From January through September, 70 associates have logged volunteer time totaling more than 4,100 hours. Some highlights include:

  • Serving as a volunteer fire fighter
  • Providing wildlife rehabilitation services
  • Participating in 5K runs and volunteering at fundraising events
  • Chaperoning, coaching and teaching with youth programs
  • Helping people in need with yard work, meals, and transportation
  • Providing care for people with medical issues
  • Participating in church programs

“I am impressed with the outpouring of support for our 50 for 50 volunteer program,” said Jim Brady, president. “Giving back to our communities is fundamental value for the Brady family. To see our associates giving some of their own time and resources to need in their communities makes our whole family proud.”

To show their appreciation for the associates’ hard work over the past 50 years, Brady owners Don, Jim and Joe Brady have supported five outings for associates and their families throughout the year. In addition to an anniversary kick-off celebration at the Greensboro Country Club, the committee arranged Brady Night at the Greensboro Grasshoppers, Durham Bulls and Winston Salem Dash games. Employees also enjoyed family day at the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro.

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