At Tata & Howard, we are passionate about improving the environment in which we live through our work — and works. Both as a corporation and as individuals we believe in giving back, and we encourage and support charitable works from all of our employee-owners. Below are some of the ways in which we give back, and we look forward to adding to the list.
Water for People
Water for People is Tata & Howard’s charity of choice, with employees donating directly from their paychecks and the company matching 100% of every dollar donated. In addition, Tata & Howard sponsors the CTAWWA Water for People Golf Tournament in the fall. Water For People strives to provide safe, sustainable drinking water for everyone, forever. According to Water for People, they exist for one purpose, and it’s as simple as their name: they want all people to have safe, continuous water, and when they do, their job will be done.
Navajo Water Project
Tata & Howard donated $2,235 to Navajo Water Project, a subsidiary of DIGDEEP that works to provide safe, accessible drinking water to Native Americans living in Navajo Nation. Employee-owners donated $1,235 and the company matched $1,000. While there are dozens of water charities supporting developing countries, including T&H’s own charity of choice Water for People, Navajo Water Project is the only water charity that serves people living in the United States. For more information on the Navajo Nation water crisis, please click here.
Special Olympics of Massachusetts (SOMA)
Justine Carroll, Project Manager, has volunteered for SOMA for over 15 years as a swimming coach with the Belmont, MA swim team, and each year she has helped 30 to 40 athletes on her team participate in the Special Olympics Summer Games held every June at Harvard University. In addition, T&H pays all registration fees for employee-owners to lace up their running shoes and head over to SOMA whenever they host a Lunchtime 5K. The race always begins at 12:30pm at the Yawkey Way Sports Training Complex on Forest Street, which doubles as SOMA’s Massachusetts headquarters. Well attended by many local runners and area businesses, the event raises money to support individuals with intellectual disabilities in their pursuit of healthy lifestyles through year-round participation in sports activities.
Dare Family Services
Each holiday season, Tata & Howard partners with Dare Family Services to provide personalized gifts to disadvantaged children. T&H employee-owners choose wish ornaments from a giving tree and purchase the gifts for which the children ask. Any unclaimed wishes are purchased by Tata & Howard’s Philanthropy Committee, ensuring that every child receives his or her requested gifts. Dare Family Services’ primary mission is to find, train, and support loving homes that will help children become resilient and overcome the trauma of serious abuse and neglect. Every child is given a life, education, and a road to normal adulthood.
Tata & Howard participated in National Flip Flop Day in order to raise funds for Camp Sunshine, a retreat in Casco, Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Employee-owners wore flip flops to work in exchange for a donation to Camp Sunshine, and all donations were matched by Tata & Howard’s Philanthropy Committee.
Running for the Jimmy Fund
Heidi White, Marketing Communications Manager, has run for the Jimmy Fund to benefit Dana Farber for the past five years through Mass Dash for the Jimmy Fund, a 100-mile relay race from the Berkshires to Amherst, MA. Running between 16-22 miles in three legs over a 24-hour period during her races, she has personally raised over $10,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute over the past five years.
NEADS Service Dog Training
Marie Rivers, P.E., Assistant Project Engineer, fosters and trains June for NEADS/Dogs for Deaf, a not-for-profit based in Sterling, MA that provides independence to people who are deaf or have a disability through the use of canine assistance. Marie is responsible for not only fully training June, but also for exposing her to all aspects of everyday life so that June responds appropriately to any situation that may develop when she is providing service. Marie has fostered her since she was 12 weeks old, and June should be ready to be a full-fledged service dog by the time she is 18 months.
Rally for the Jimmy Fund
In 2015, T&H employee-owners participated in Rally for the Jimmy Fund. The Rally encourages people to wear Red Sox gear on Opening Day at Fenway Park, which fell on Monday, April 13, in exchange for a donation to the Jimmy Fund. Tata & Howard team members were happy to donate to the Jimmy Fund while enjoying a casual Red Sox day at the office. Since its inception in 2006, Rally for the Jimmy Fund has raised over $4 million.
Professional Services Volunteerism
Ken Fischer, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, provides his professional expertise on a volunteer basis. Currently, he is a Trustee at Massachusetts Eye and Ear (MEE), and a member of the Board of Directors of The Schepens Eye Research Institute (SERI), a wholly owned subsidiary of MEE. SERI, MEE is one of the largest eye research institutes in the nation and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. SERI, MEE fights blindness by developing new technologies, therapies, and knowledge to retain and restore vision.
Ken also serves as a volunteer consultant and is on the Board of Trustees as Chair of the Finance Committee for Executive Service Corps of New England (ESC) in Boston, MA. ESC connects nonprofits with experienced consultants who volunteer their career skills to help companies and individuals achieve their social mission. ESC’s nonprofit consulting services gives access to the strategic and hands-on skills needed to build organizational capacity and make a lasting impact on the causes people champion.
Worcester County Food Bank
Each Thanksgiving, Tata & Howard employee-owners participate in a food drive for the Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB). WCFB is central Massachusetts’ leading anti-hunger organization distributing over five million pounds of donated food and grocery product in partnership with food donors, financial supporters, and volunteers. WCFB provides this product to a network of 138 Partner Agencies that have programs for feeding people including food pantries, community meal sites, and shelters.