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BAS Cares
Our Employee Community Service Committee
BAS is proud of the generosity of its employees who support the community by volunteering time and resources to help others through BAS Cares.
We are not just a service organization, we are a partner to our community.
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Participation
We promote participation in a variety of community service events that offer opportunities to donate time in addition to goods.
Opportunities
We provide opportunities to participate with small projects such as clothing drives, as well as larger events such as fund-raising walks.
Team Support
Our projects are completely optional for employees, and we always end up with more than enough support from our team members!
Regular Meetings
We meet regularly to discuss the needs of the community. We discuss organizations to support and actions BAS can take to help.
Non-Profit
We support non-profit organizations in our local community and we support non-profit organizations that have a national reach.
Projects
Our team selects 3-4 projects each year and focuses our time and energy on supporting the selected causes.
BAS-Wide Suggestions
We accept suggestions from our entire company. All ideas are brought to the table and considered equally.
Fresh Leadership
We switch team leaders for each project to keep our focus on helping the community fresh and new.
Community
We volunteer our time and resources to help those less fortunate and in need, and we have performed service to help feed, clothe and even educate the community.

Generosity and kindness are at the center of what we do.

“BAS Cares” is a call to action to support charitable causes in our local community and beyond!

Our Previous Initiatives

Ronald McDonald Guest Chef Program
As part of BAS’ focus on Community Service, BAS participated in the Guest Chef Program at one of the Philadelphia Chapter Ronald McDonald Houses. BAS employees and family members prepared and cooked dinner including a main entrée, side dishes, salad dishes and desserts for 35-40 families staying at the Front and Erie Ronald McDonald House.

The second time that BAS participated in this initiative, we were able to add an Arts & Craft event to a Halloween themed program. The family members of our employees assisted several young patients with making a Halloween Craft. To add to the theme, many of us wore Halloween costumes to bring smiles to House guests, young and old.

The continued teamwork on events and keeps us set on a path for great outcomes.
The Joy of Sox
BAS learned that while the homeless community may receive clothing donations, those donations rarely include clean socks. Some of the homeless have extensive foot problems because of this. The Joy of Sox was created to help address this issue. Within the last year, they received over 250,000 sock donations, which they distributed to 31 states across the US starting with Philadelphia.

BAS supported the Joy of Sox’s mission by donating 169 pairs of clean socks. The founder of Joy of Sox came to BAS’ office to pick up the donations and presented BAS with a certificate of appreciation for conducting the drive and supporting The Joy of Sox initiative.
American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life
BAS participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Walk. BAS employees raised and donated money to the American Cancer Society to help find a cure for cancer.

The walk included a Survivor/Caregiver’s Lap uniting and supporting all those affected by cancer in their lives. Walking continued throughout the day signifying that cancer never takes a break.

BAS supported a festive table with candy and food, raising money for the American Cancer Society’s mission. Many people stopped by BAS’ site to visit with and support BAS team members and their families. The end of the day was marked by a Luminaria ceremony where candles remembered the people lost to the disease and honored those who have fought or are fighting cancer.
Best Buddies Friendship Walk
BAS participated in, and raised money for, the Best Buddies Friendship Walk.

The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the number one walk in the country raising awareness and funds to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The walk plays a key role in funding Best Buddies programs dedicated to one-to-one friendships and leadership development for individuals with IDD. Each walk provides an opportunity to see the Best Buddies mission in action at a local level.

To raise money for Best Buddies, BAS organized three fundraisers: a bake sale, a chili cook-off, and a wear-jeans-to-work day. Money from the fundraisers, along with an additional donation from BAS, was given to Best Buddies to support inclusion for people with disabilities and celebrate the joy that friendship can bring.
Kids Against Hunger
Kids Against Hunger is a nonprofit organization with a goal of reducing the number of hungry children in the US feeding children throughout the world.

BAS helped pack food and backpacks which were delivered to local schools for kids who receive support from Philabundance and Kids Against Hunger.
Bake Sale for Education
BAS joins people around the globe in charitable work on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, known as “Giving Tuesday.” BAS Cares team members hosted a donation-based bake sale to raise money for Techgirlz. Techgirlz is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the gender gap in technology occupations by focusing on girls at the crucial middle school age.

BAS employees donated in two ways. First, they baked or purchased baked goods for the sale. Second, they made as-you-wish donations to purchase the baked good treats.

The bake sale was a huge success and BAS Cares was pleased to support Techgirlz.
Upper Merion Area Community Cupboard (UMACC)
The Community Cupboard is a food pantry located within the community of Upper Merion, outside of Philadelphia, PA. The UMACC is a collaborative and empathetic resource that serves the needs of local schools, municipalities, communities of faith and their neighbors. The pantry provides food to neighbors who are hungry or food insufficient. UMACC opens its doors to the community to shop twice a month. They do not ask for identification or proof of income. The goal of the Community Cupboard is to strengthen the most vulnerable neighbors through food supplementation. Simply put, the Community Cupboard provides a reserve of food items to anyone who is in need.

When the Community Cupboard’s food reserves dropped to dangerously low levels, the BAS Cares Team stepped in and donated non-perishable food supplies including pasta, canned fruit and meals, cereal and even pancake mix. We volunteered to help transport our donations to the Community Cupboard to ensure it would get there safely.
Show your Stripes
The BAS Cares volunteer initiative supported the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House “Show Your Stripes” campaign.

The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House helps families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope. Its programs include two Ronald McDonald Houses, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and Ronald McDonald Camp.

The “Show Your Stripes” event was a fun way to support the families staying at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. The premise was simple – wear red and white striped items on the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House's Birthday (October 15th) to raise awareness for the organization.

BAS ordered red and white striped ties, sunglasses, hats and scarves with the money going to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. BAS Cares volunteers wore the red and white striped items and took a photo to send to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald house in support of their initiatives.
Notes of Hope
The BAS Cares team partnered with Project HOME to prepare “Notes of Hope”. Project HOME is an organization in Philadelphia whose mission is to have adults, children, and families empowered to break the cycle of homeless and poverty.

Like so many others, individuals supported by Project HOME were greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many Project HOME residents have underlying medical conditions and had to shelter in place for most of the pandemic. Assisting them were frontline staff who worked exhausting hours during the crisis, along with the Project HOME team who ensure the health, wellness, and safety of the entire community.

BAS employees welcomed the opportunity to support Project HOME by preparing “Notes of Hope.” These messages were penned by BAS employees and their family members for people in the Project HOME community who could benefit from support.

The “Notes of Hope” were messages of encouragement, words of thanks and appreciation of tireless hours that did not go unnoticed. We found this initiative to be a quick and easy way to bring a smile to someone who needed it. Our notes were sent with a monetary donation from BAS to help support the on-going efforts of Project HOME.