1st Global Leaves Footprint in the Dallas Community in 2016

While the holiday season is highly characterized by gifts, 1st Global shows that giving time and support to community partners is just as impactful. In December 2016, 1st Global employees lived out the company’s purpose of intentional living through serving their local community through four different community partners, including the Windsor Gardens Nursing Home, the North Texas Food Bank, Dallas LIFE Foundation and Heart House.   

On Saturday, Dec. 10, the company kicked off the December community service initiative by participating in the Entrepreneurs for North Texas holiday plug-n-play at North Texas Food Bank. A handful of employees took time out of their Saturday morning to sort canned goods and package meals to assist NTFB with its charge to provide 190,000 meals each day for hungry children, seniors and families. 

North Texas Food Bank

On Monday, Dec. 19, the 1st Global executive team set aside a day for what it calls “executive acts of kindness” in which team members purchased, wrapped and delivered Christmas gifts to senior residents at Windsor Gardens Nursing Home. The executive team received a wish list of items from 19 residents who do not have families or support systems from whom they would have received Christmas gifts, and the team purchased the items on the list and personally delivered them to the residents.  

Windsor Gardens

Another group of employees served a holiday dinner to residents at Dallas LIFE Foundation, which is the largest homeless shelter in North Texas. Dallas LIFE Foundation depends on volunteers to serve evening meals to more than 150 men, women and children. So on Dec. 19, 1st Global employees selflessly gave their time to serve dinner to the residents of the shelter.

Dallas Life Services

The final service initiative for the month took place on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Heart House, located in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood of Northeast Dallas. This neighborhood is highly populated with low-income refugee families, and Heart House provides an after-school program for the neighborhood children to encourage them in their academic ambitions and care for them while their caretakers are at work. 1st Global was invited to Heart House’s after-school program to host a holiday party for 30 third-grade through fifth-grade children from more than 13 different countries. Employees organized stations consisting of crafts, games and snacks and created a holiday-themed atmosphere for the children to enjoy during the Christmas season. 

Heart House

1st Global Business Analyst Keshav Bisht participated in three different service events last year in representation of 1st Global and truly understands the value of what it means to serve others.

“At 1st Global, I have learned that the primary purpose of any organization should not be revenue but service,” Keshav said. “In each service opportunity, I got the opportunity to interact with and serve people from all walks of life. I believe that everyone here at 1st Global lives by the core value of the purpose to enable intentional living.” 

In addition to capping the year off with local community service projects, in its first year of partnership with EFNT, 1st Global also participated in Freedom Day and North Texas Giving Day in September 2016. With assistance and guidance from EFNT, 1st Global is working to give back to the Dallas community where it has been operating for 25 years.