In 2017, Orion employees volunteered more than 1,150 hours serving the Memphis community. Orion Gives Back sponsored more than 50 local non-profits. These local causes include: education, arts, conservation, financial literacy, youth development, hunger, and service to Orion’s 10 adopted schools.
Orion’s community impact focused heavily on Orion’s 10 partner schools. Orion volunteers donated their time and talents assisting teachers with classroom set up, as field trip chaperones, and other support such as the Accelerated Reader Program. Orion’s commitment to the schools did not stop there.
In August, Memphis was a prime spot for viewing the solar eclipse. Orion donated 12,000 solar eclipse viewing glasses to students at more than 25 Shelby County Schools so that students could safely view the eclipse. The last solar eclipse of this magnitude to be seen from the United States was 26 years ago in 1991. The solar eclipse was an astonishing sight, and Orion provided glasses to allow students an opportunity for experiential learning and the experience of a lifetime.
This fall, Orion sponsored the Memphis Botanic Garden’s Big Bug Exhibit, which allowed all 10 of Orion’s adopted schools to receive invitations for scholarship-funded field trips to view the exhibit. Several schools participated and Orion employees served as field trip chaperones for these events.
Financial literacy is at the heart is everything we do for the community. Orion hosted more than 35 workshops for youth, working professionals and retirees on topics such as budgeting, saving for the future, fraud awareness, and general money management. Orion wants to be a trusted financial source
As the year ended, a team of Orion volunteers helped pack boxes of food supporting Soulfull Memphis’ Operation Christmas Basket. In one afternoon, Orion volunteers were able to pack 400 boxes to provide meals during the holidays to the senior community in Memphis.
Orion will continue to support our community in 2018, because we know that communities work best when we work together.