IBM received the award for the big business category, nominated by Keep Smyrna Beautiful. In the past year, 760 IBM employees donated more than 3,000 hours of community service, said Angie Bolton, IBM inside sales power and storage platform leader.
For the past eight years, IBM has partnered with Keep Smyrna Beautiful on a citywide community service day which hosts more than 100 volunteers across Smyrna schools each year.
Bolton said IBM employees donated time at King Springs Elementary School, Norton Park Elementary School, Fair Oaks Elementary School, Griffin Middle School, Osborne High School and Oakwood Digital Academy.
“As a product of the Cobb County school system, it’s a great feeling being able to tie my love of nature in support of Cobb schools,” Bolton said.
Two businesses tied for the small business category. Glory Haus, a faith-based home décor wholesaler, was nominated by Gracepoint School, a school devoted to dyslexic students. The company orchestrated a warehouse sale to fund the school.
“As Glory Haus grows with success, so does the responsibility to serve our community,” Glory Haus owner and president Trey Holm said.
Holm said the company supports nonprofits through monetary donations, product development and employee volunteer hours.
Three nonprofits nominated the other small-business winner, project management training firm Velociteach. Velociteach was nominated by MUST Ministries for developing a customized Microsoft Office training curriculum for MUST clients.
“Every employee at Velociteach is given 5 percent of their normal work time to volunteer for a nonprofit in the community, and it is really inspiring to see the different forms this takes,” founder Andy Crowe said. “Investing in this community is built into our DNA.”
Seventeen additional companies were nominated and recognized including: Austell Gas System, nominated by Christian Aid Mission Partnership; Batson Cook Company, nominated by American Cancer Society; Cbeyond, nominated by The Center for Family Resources and kidz2leaders; Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, nominated by Cobb County Youth Museum; Cobb EMC, nominated by YWCA of Northwest Georgia; Gas South, nominated by Boys & Girls of Metro Atlanta, Cobb County and St. Vincent de Paul Society; The Home Depot, nominated by The PEARL Foundation; Keller Williams Realty West Cobb, nominated by SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center; LGE Community Credit Union, nominated by The Georgia Ballet; Lockheed Martin—AERO Club, nominated by The Salvation Army; Nalley Automotive Group, nominated by Nobis Works; Prestigious Cleaning Team, nominated by Bullock Hope House; Publix District #81, nominated by The Center for Children & Young Adults; Regions Bank, nominated by Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County; Taqueria Tsunami, nominated by Reconnecting Families; Universal Tennis Academy, nominated by Dream Makers Youth Foundation; and Parakaleo-Mission of North America, Toys for Tots and WellStar Health System; nominated by Friends of East Cobb Park.