The telecommunication company TCC is probably not a name recognized by many, but the business owns and operates 873 Verizon Wireless authorized retail stores in 39 states, including the one in Oneonta. The acquisition of the local store happened in February, according to Area Manager Kayla Chambers.
Chambers said she is most excited about the new management’s commitment to charity in the community, which will be accomplished by:
• A yearly giveaway by each store of 250 backpacks, complete with school supplies.
• Monetary donations to local charities.
• Payment of employees’ salary while they work for a local non-profit.
Giveaways to those in need and donations to charities are not exclusive to TCC. Many conscientious business owners support the community in that way, but paying employees to volunteer their time, while not unheard of, is less common.
Taking Robert Frost’s admonition to take the road “less traveled,” TCC CEO Scott Moorehead initiated a program four years ago called the Culture of Good with the help of co-founder Ryan McCarty. On their website devoted to community involvement, www.cultureofgood.com, Moorehead and McCarty call it a “radical idea” that will “inspire your employees, ignite positive change in the world, and impact your bottom line.” To help other companies understand their philosophy, the two wrote a book, Build Your Culture of Good, and offer services like organizational diagnosis of a company, online learning programs, and workshops among others. Motivational speaking engagements can also be arranged. A sample of McCarty’s presentations can be found on YouTube at www.youtube.com/channel/UC5z4w-3y9XhTvqytWlZNoog.
McCarthy tells listeners, “The Culture of Good teaches for-profit businesses how to operate…with the soul of a non-profit. Bringing those two together and saying you can be a for-profit company and care about the world, you can do amazing good.”
Chambers said the backpack giveaway will be on Sunday, July 22, beginning at 9 a.m. and last until they are all gone. All anyone needs to do to claim one is come into the store that day with a child or children and inquire. Recipients do not have to be Verizon customers. There will be no obligation for a purchase of any kind. No advertisements or coupons will be included in the packs.
Local charities interested in applying for grants need to provide Chambers with the name of the organization, a contact person, and an explanation of how the donation will help. Chambers prefers applicants bring that information to the store, which is located at 1104 Second Avenue East, Suite E, in Oneonta. It can also be submitted by calling her at 205- 625-3366 or emailing her at kchambers@TCCrocks.com.
Organizations interested in utilizing the store’s employees volunteer time program should also contact Chambers, who says this could be animal shelters, veteran and service groups, nursing homes, food pantries, or other organizations where “we can give our time” to assist the community. “We are eager to get started.”