Mission 500, a charitable non-profit organization engaging security professionals to assist families in crisis across the USA, has announced the winners of its annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Humanitarian Awards.
This year’s recipients are ADI Global Distribution and Ken Gould, president of Ken Gould Consulting and chairman of Mission 500, respectively.
ADI Global Distribution, recipient of Mission 500’s 2020 CSR Award, supports a wide range of social causes aimed at assisting families and children across North America. ADI’s CSR activities include companywide and localized grassroots efforts at its branch locations across North America to support their local communities. ADI incorporates philanthropic components to large company events, like its annual Sales Kickoff, and includes its team members, customers and suppliers in its social outreach.
More than doubling its contributions to Mission 500 in 2020, ADI raised over $93,200 through its 2021 virtual fundraising event to help assist children and families in need. As part of the efforts, team members across the company made donations to support the cause and ADI matched all employee contributions received. ADI also called upon its supplier partners to support the initiative with sponsorships at varying levels. Additionally, various ADI CSR activities have made significant impact to local communities including one branch location collecting over 500 pounds of food during a companywide food drive. ADI CSR activities benefit numerous nonprofit organizations including food banks, women’s shelters, homeless shelters and hospitals and support organizations such as Dolphin Children’s House, Toy Mountain, Toys for Tots, Malverne Family Resource Centre, Toronto Community Housing, Starlight Foundation, Sick Kids Hospital, Feed Nova Scotia, Mission 500 and more.
Previous winners of the Mission 500 CSR Award include ADT, Altronix, NorthStar Home, Alliance Security, Fluent Home, Protection 1, Pelco by Schneider Electric, Vivint, Convergint Technologies and Brinks Home Security.
This year’s recipient of the Mission 500 2020 Humanitarian Award is Ken Gould, president of Ken Gould Consulting and the current chairman of Mission 500. With the cancellation of live fundraising event in 2020, Gould’s perseverance and dedication to sustain Mission 500’s charitable efforts proved to be a lifeline for the organization and all those supporting it and those supported by it. Gould’s ability to rally and inspire those around him, combined with his personal efforts to engage supporters during this most difficult time, resulted in successful fundraising activities and efforts. All this while Gould personally battled infection with the COVID-19 virus and an ailing elderly parent.
Past winners of the Humanitarian Award include George Fletcher, The Hurricane Harvey Heroes (Curtis Kindred, Harley Schild, Todd Fitch), Jay Gotra, Sean Sportun, Anne Glickstein, Charles “Dom” D’Ascoli, Alan Forman, Mary Jensby, Barb Holliday, Michael Keegan and Dave Foglio.