“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
― Winston Churchill
People are always more important than profit. We intentionally seek out opportunities to lend a helping hand with our time and resources to those in our community with needs. We help by donating funds to local benevolent programs and by staying involved with various local causes as volunteers.
Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund
The Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund is designed to rapidly mobilize and deploy resources to the people who are most vulnerable to the economic impacts of COVID-19 in Thurston County. This fund will provide funds to assist the most disproportionately impacted individuals and families, as well as certain organizations in our community who are serving those populations. Artesia Systems wants to “give where we live” to make a difference for those impacted by the pandemic.
Wildfires are nothing new to the western United States, but the wildfires of 2020 have not only devoured precious forest lands, but also consumed homes and forced thousands to seek emergency shelter. We were able to make a difference by helping victims cover the cost of lodging and food through the American Red Cross. A shout out to the volunteers on site helping people with medical or disability needs, as well as providing emotional and spiritual support during these challenging times.
The Thurston County Food Bank has been serving the greater Olympia area for many years with the simple mission “to eliminate hunger within our community”. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a greater demand for the food bank to help feed struggling families. Artesia Systems is eager to do our part to help meet the increasing needs with a financial donation. Helping to feed hungry people will make a difference.
The violent tornadoes that hit middle Tennessee on March 3, 2020 also hit close to home for Artesia co-founder Stephen Mullins who was born and raised there. There is not much you can say or do when lives are lost as a result of a random natural disaster. However, Convoy of Hope gave us an opportunity to do something to help the victims rather than doing nothing. We asked our team to consider donating to the cause and Artesia matched the donations. Better to be generous than greedy.
The Salvation Army says that they have one agenda: “To meet human need without discrimination.” Now that is a mission statement that all of us can endorse and support. Some of us have helped serve meals, some have donated clothing, and it has become one of our Christmas traditions to participate “Adopt a Family” program that gives us an opportunity to purchase food and gifts for families that would otherwise celebrate Christmas without either. Artesia Systems is proud to be a partner with The Salvation Army.
Dealing with an unexpected pregnancy can be difficult especially if you are young. Helping people know that they have free, no pressure options from compassionate people can be reassuring. We love their motto adopted from Zig Ziglar, “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”
The Children’s Museum is one of the most popular experiences in Olympia. We take our kids, nieces, nephews, and grandkids there often. So, when they needed assistance resolving some administrative database issues, we gladly volunteered our time to help.
Everyone in our community knows someone who has dealt with breast cancer. Artesia was proud to donate funds to support Karis Mullins and Kythrie Sylva in their participation of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure event.