The basis of the benevolent culture at American Solutions for Business, lies deep in the heart of the founder and CEO, Larry Zavadil. He and his wife, Diane, have been examples of kindness and generosity from day one. Even when this company was young and struggling, the Zavadils reached out to help others.
This basic belief comes from a statement that is rooted in the ‘Good Book’ and says: “Give and it shall be given onto you…” There are other versions of this basic philosophy which have been used at ASB when discussing the responsibility and opportunity to give back.
- “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
- “What goes around, comes around.”
To help our employees become active in the culture of giving, a volunteer team (Community Stewardship) was set up in the early 1990s at the Home Office. Since that time, this team of approximately 10 employees meets regularly to select causes that will be supported during the year.
In 2004, a group of American leaders began building a foundation through which donations could be funneled, and thus, the DreamWeaver Foundation was born. Although it hasn’t yet reached the 501c3 status, it has been active in disbursing funding to charitable causes. The mission of the foundation is to help people overcome adversities so that they can move forward, achieve their dreams and get to a point where they, too can pay it forward.
The largest fundraiser occurs each fall when individuals donate funds in honor of Larry and Diane Zavadil in lieu of purchasing and sending a Christmas gift. Both Home Office Employees and Sales Associates use this means to support individuals and families anonymously during the holidays.
We see examples of this culture of benevolence throughout the company. The act of giving back, paying it forward or whatever you call it, has become part of ASB’s identity. Team members share their expertise, their good fortune and their time in ways that make a difference in our world. That certainly makes one proud to be an American. For more information, visit our website!
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