May 23, 2018

B Corp in Action — a Humanitarian Trip That Will Keep on Giving

Butler/Till is a proud B Corp certified organization by the nonprofit B Lab. We’ve passed the test and have proven that we meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. B Corps, like ours, are leading a global movement of people using business as a force for good, with the goal that one day all companies will compete to be not only the best in the world, but the best for the world. As a business, we care about profit. As a B Corp, we care about people and our planet.

“From the outside, many would not see past the poverty. The reality is, they are rich in ways we have become poor—sharing, laughing, playing, and a true sense of community. All they want is a better life for the next generation, and it was an honor to help lay that foundation.”
– Matt Jones

Our values have helped us establish a strong B Corp initiative throughout the agency that includes:

  • Community volunteer time off
  • A company matching gifts program
  • Annual humanitarian trips
  • Encouraging good environmental stewardship

As part of our humanitarian trips goal, this year we partnered with The Enlace Project, a not-for profit organization that works in Nicaragua with a group called Linking Hands for Learning to enhance educational opportunities for rural communities. Our mission was to help them build a school in the community of El Papalon. The construction project would benefit 43 students and 38 families who live in the community. This year, two Butler/Till employees, Danielle Fox and Matt Jones, stepped up as volunteers to travel to Nicaragua to help with this project and to learn about the country’s culture and history.

“Everyday life in El Papalon looks very different than it does in Rochester, NY. Not only did this trip make me feel grateful for the things we might take for granted (running water or a school with a roof) but it also opened my eyes to how much help we can offer (and what hard work it is to work in construction!).”
– Danielle Fox

While in Nicaragua, our team was busy helping the new school become a reality. Currently, all preschool through grade three students in El Papalon have had to sit outside in their “classroom.” During Nicaragua’s rainy season, the students are forced to endure the elements, creating an extremely challenging learning environment. Building the school will allow students and teachers to have a traditional classroom setting—one with the shelter and safety needed for effective learning.

 

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