Cook Community Builders (CCB), CCB is an internal company volunteer program in which all full-time employees are entitled to use up to 16 hours each, per year of company-paid time to assist in our local community. “Local community” could mean anything from their child’s school to assisting with major charities like Red Cross, JDRF, etc. The program has had great success and we are excited to say that we have tallied over 1000 community hours company-wide!
CCB team supports diversity, donates time to help pack t-shirts! Cook’s CTO, Levi Daily, and Jason Hanlin go way back. When Jason asked if Levi would donate his time to create a website for a grassroots movement for his friend, an NFL star Odell Beckham Jr., neither had any idea it would explode in such a positive way. Jason created the t-shirt and Levi constructed the website…one Instagram post by Odell Beckham Jr. and BOOM, the movement went viral. Dozens of celebrities then reposted from Tom Brady to the Kardashian girls, even the King, Lebron James, posted about it. Two weeks later they had sold over 13,000 t-shirts and raised $400k, with all the profits being donated to Black Lives Matter. But that’s not the whole story. Surprised by the massive success, both Jason and Levi now had to fulfill…as in package and ship all the orders!
Enter Cook Security Group’s community outreach program, Cook Community Builders. Cook donates 16 hours of paid time to each CSG employee and this was a great time for a dozen or so of them to cash in. Forming an impromptu assembly line, practicing social distancing, and routinely washing their hands, Cook and Jason’s team were able to fulfill every order in just under 48 hours. How is that for community teamwork!
Thank you to all the CCB staff involved that dedicated their CCB hours to “make it happen” in true CSG fashion!
For more of what Odell Beckham Jr. is doing, check out The Bigger Picture with OBJ, Cam Newton, Todd Gurley, and Vic Cruz. By the way, the videographer is our own CTO, Levi Daily, again donating his time.
If you didn’t know already, Cook Security Group employs a TON of people who love to run, including CEO, Brian Cook! For the last five years, we have been participating in an event called Hood to Coast which is a 200-mile relay that stretches from Portland, OR to Seaside, OR. All proceeds raised go to benefit the Providence Cancer Center. Click here to learn more about the Hood to Coast Event.
Each year our client, Unitus Credit Union hosts an event called “Wine on the Willamette” which is an annual event benefiting Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network. The event takes place aboard the Willamette Star yacht where guests can enjoy boutique wines from Europe, Australia, California and the Pacific Northwest along with an array of hors d’oeuvres. Between sponsorships, event ticket sales, and the silent auction proceeds, Unitus was able to raise over $47,000! Click here to learn more.
Cook Community Builders are a proud sponsor of Credit Union’s for Kids, which is a non-profit collaboration of credit unions, chapters, leagues/associations and business partners from across the country, engaged in fundraising activities to benefit 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Adopted as the movement’s charity of choice, credit unions are the 3rd largest sponsor of CMN hospitals. 100% of every dollar donated goes back to the CMN hospital which serves your community. Click here to learn more.
For the last three years, Cook Security Group/Cook Community Builders (CCB) has been heavily involved in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes. We began supporting JDRF when one of our employees and another employee’s son were both diagnosed with Type 1. JDRF has come to hold a special place in our hearts and has opened our eyes to the thousands of children and adults diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes each year. The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes draws people together in a healthy activity for a worthy cause, raising money to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating and preventing T1D. It’s fun for families and builds camaraderie among company employees. Click here to learn more about this event.
Each year, the Cook Security Group/Cook Community Builders (CCB) program donates time and supplies to assist the annual MJN “Help Fight MS” Slingball tournament. The tournament holds a very special place in our hearts because Cook employees, Randy Neu (CMO) and his brother Carter (ATM Technician) lost their mother to Multiple Sclerosis (MS). All proceeds raised from the MJN “Help Fight MS” tournament are donated to the Marilyn J. Neu Memorial Fund which goes towards fighting MS and racing for a cure. If you are interested in the tournament but have never played Slingball, never fear, it is super easy! Click here to learn more about how to play.