NEW HAVEN, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Higher One, a leader in providing financial services and data analytics to more than 1,900 colleges and universities across the U.S., has collected more than 5,400 pounds of nonperishable food across four offices nationwide to provide to families in need this holiday season – a 25% increase over last year’s company-wide total.
Final weigh-ins for the collected items were conducted last week in Higher One’s Atlanta, Buffalo, New Haven and Oakland offices and were a result of an annual two-week competition that encourages employees to collect food for their neighbors in need.
Organized by Higher One CARES (Community Action for Resources Education and Service), the company’s community outreach initiative, the annual food-drive is geared toward the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Items will be packaged and delivered to different organizations in the communities surrounding Higher One’s offices: Oakland has collected food for the Alameda County Community Food Bank, Atlanta for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Buffalo for the Food Bank of Western New York and New Haven for FISH of Greater New Haven.
Patrick Pearson, who chairs Higher One CARES, attributes the great result to the company’s competitive spirit and employee passion for helping others. “Each year employees are assigned to teams and the teams compete to see which can collect the most food,” said Mr. Pearson. “We all love friendly competition and there’s no better end result than when we can combine our competitive nature with our desire to help others. The best part is that Higher One is donating a dollar to the community organizations for each pound of food collected by employees.”
Higher One CARES was formed by employees at Higher One to help identify opportunities for community involvement and engagement. Since Higher One’s core mission includes empowering education and championing innovation, Higher One CARES aims to support educational and entrepreneurial initiatives within our communities. CARES has forged strong partnerships with community groups in New Haven, among them Junior Achievement and United Way. If you have an event or program that aligns itself with the Higher One CARES mission, please forward it to Higher One CARES Communications Director Lauren Perry (firstname.lastname@example.org).
About Higher One
Higher One (NYSE:ONE) partners with colleges and universities to lower their administrative costs and to improve graduation rates. We provide a broad array of payment, refund disbursement and data analytics and management tools to institutions that help them save money and enhance institutional effectiveness. And for students, we offer financial literacy programs and convenient, flexible and affordable transaction options to help them manage their finances. Higher One’s products and services support more than 1,900 schools and approximately 13 million enrolled students. More information about Higher One can be found at www.higherone.com.