As a part of our commitment to giving back to our community, KMS Technology joined Pledge 1% in 2015, promising to give 1% of our time, 1% of our services, and 1% of equity through our KMS Gives program. Our President and Co-Founder, Josh Lieberman, has spearheaded the initiative with his substantial involvement in Per Scholas Atlanta, and has recently been named Chairman of the Board in Atlanta.
For 2017, KMS has been dedicated to ensuring we reach and surpass our goals for Pledge 1%. Our first major project for the first quarter was an exciting build job for Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta! Seven of our local employees joined the cause and participated in a Hab 2 project, where a previously owned Habitat for Humanity home is renovated from the inside out and prepared for a new owner. We worked on various projects, large and small, including painting the exterior of the home, landscaping, minor electrical work, and installing the kitchen cabinets.
It was an amazing experience for all those involved, and quite rewarding too. The new homeowner was present and participated in the renovation work. She had her hand in everything from painting the front door to installing baseboards to ensure it was up to her standards and that she achieved everything she had dreamed about for her first home. Her excitement for the new home for her and her son was contagious and heartwarming.
At the end of the day we all gathered around for a dedication of the home, formally presenting it to the homeowner with representatives from Atlanta Habitat who came out to Jonesboro for this special occasion.
For KMS Technology, this was only the start of our pledge to community service for 2017. We recently started our second clothing drive for the upcoming graduating class at Per Scholas. We previously ran a professional clothing drive in November of 2016, and have decided this will be an ongoing initiative. Per Scholas regularly graduates
students ready to enter the professional workforce from being unemployed and underemployed. KMS employees are happy to provide professional clothing for interviews and first days for those who may not have suitable attire. We hope to expand the reach of the drive beyond KMS to our local community.
Working with Per Scholas and Habitat for Humanity have been amazing experiences and wonderful ways to jumpstart KMS Gives for 2017!