Clean energy, accessibility and equality – these words, and the weight of them, are at the forefront of Nexamp’s mission. Every day, we are individually and collectively growing and learning, exploring all the ways to act in line with our values as a mission-driven business.
Recently, we made some fundamental changes to how we organize our company holidays to be more inclusive, as certain days have important meaning to each individual. As part of this new approach, we’ve selected four company-sponsored service days throughout the year – Earth Day, Juneteenth, Veteran’s Day and today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
This year, to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nexampers are encouraged to virtually get involved as individuals or groups in their communities and seek out opportunities to serve in ways that make the most sense for them. During the COVID-19 pandemic, when we cannot gather together, this has become more challenging but we’re finding come ways together virtually.
Here’s how we’re spending MLK Day in 2021:
At Nexamp, we believe that education is the groundwork on which change is created. This MLK Day, Nexampers will have the chance to attend and learn from a virtual session: “Moving Forward: Taking Action on Race and Equity”. Panelists include Dr. Bernice King, CEO of The King Center; Fredrick J. Riley, executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Weave: The Social Fabric Project; and Michael Smith, executive director of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance; with conversation moderated by Points of Light President and CEO, Natalye Paquin and Dr. David A. Thomas, president of Morehouse College. The discussion will feature a dialogue about current manifestations and the impact of systemic racism, and action that individuals and organizations can take to dismantle it.
After viewing the panel, Nexampers will gather virtually to discuss what we learned and how we can act for greater equity within Nexamp and in our larger communities.
In addition to our virtual discussions, Nexamp has launched multiple virtual food drives to help support the families and communities facing food insecurity across the country. Food banks include, Greater Chicago Food, The Greater Boston Food Bank, Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and Food Bank of Central New York. With unemployment rates increasing, food insecurity has become a clear and present issue facing American society as a whole.
Like MLK Day, we’ll come together on other service days – Earth Day, Juneteenth and Veteran’s Day – to listen, learn and take action. We believe service days are integral to who we are as a company and who we want to be. At Nexamp, we are committed in continuing to listen, learn and push back on structural racism. We believe that being allies and anti-racists is a lifelong commitment, not a quick fix, and we need to build our foundation of knowledge as we act to implement effective sustainable action. We’re ready to put in the hard work to make this happen.