Almost 30 years ago, a group of ENTEK employees were discussing ways to show appreciation to the company’s founder, Jim Young. It was decided that rather than giving him a gift, they would honor his community spirit by buying coats for local children in need. Thus began the tradition of the ENTEK Coats for Kids program.
Over the years the program has expanded exponentially and a formal non-profit was established in 2012. The ENTEK Employee Community Fund is now a 501(c)3 organization serving the Lebanon and Sweet Home School districts, as well as additional organizations, such as Head Start in Lebanon and Crawfordsville, and the Lebanon Pregnancy Center.
In spite of its expanded scope, the Coats for Kids drive remains an employee sponsored program. Each year a committee of ENTEK employees representing all divisions is formed to oversee the collection of funds, coat purchases and distributing to the schools. This year, representatives from all supported organizations visited ENTEK for a tour and a meet and greet with team members.
Said board president, Carri Moffatt, in a presentation for the event, “In 2013, we had our biggest year ever with 350 coats. This year we took another huge leap and tackled 630. It is thanks to the generosity of ENTEK employees that this is possible. Additionally, our community partners, Kohl’s, Boxmaker and Columbia Sportswear are invaluable to us to be able to assist as many children as we are able to”.