Our mission at ICS is to make a difference in our employees’ lives, our customer’s business and in the community. We’ve built our ICS Cares program to enable ICS employees to find the time to give back to their communities. We work with local charities and organizations to find opportunities to serve. The ICS Cares program is a way that we try to give back to our local communities in Syracuse, Binghamton and Ithaca.
For the past several years, ICS has adopted a family from Mom’s House in Binghamton and have provided toys, clothing and other items for families in need. Mom’s House is a non-profit organization that empowers single parents to complete their education by providing free NYS licensed childcare in an environment that nurtures both the parent and the child. The Johnson City location is one of seven Mom’s Houses chartered nationally by their parent corporation, Mom’s House Inc. in Johnstown, PA. The program at Mom’s House is geared to give parents the greatest possible opportunity to succeed. Parents are provided workshops in life skills, parenting techniques and nutrition. Parents are encouraged to continue their education beyond high school to a level where they are fully employable, thus allowing them to be financially independent.
This year has seen an increased amount of hardship. ICS is still adopting a family, but we wanted to take it a step further and be able to have an impact on additional families. We are reaching out to our community to join us. ICS will be collecting donations for Mom’s House through Friday, December 11th at our Endicott location, 111 Grant Ave, Endicott NY 13760. We encourage you to help us change lives this holiday season! Check out the list of needed items here.
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is committed to creating a future without hunger. Access to healthy food by all is recognized as fundamental to the well-being and success of individuals and the foundation of a strong, vibrant society. Jordyn M. Smith, the Annual Fund Manager, states “Now more than ever our friends and neighbors need our support. Prior to the pandemic, one in eight adults and one in five children faced food insecurity right here in our community. We continue to observe a 14% increase in demand for food resources and we know the holiday season will be tough. The 11th Annual Virtual Turkey Drive supports families through the holidays and beyond by providing nutritious meals. During the 2020 Virtual Turkey Drive, Tioga Downs Casino Resort will match gifts – dollar for dollar! That means that every $10 provides 60 meals! Donations can be made now through Thanksgiving at www.Foodbankst.org.”
Since the early 1980’s Cops, Kids & Toys has grown. Cops, Kids & Toys volunteers work throughout the year raising funds. You may have seen them collecting returnable bottles and cans at the Grass Roots Festival or helping at the Cornell Dump & Run Sale. The program continues with the goal of giving back to children in need and has been able to help more families in Tompkins County over the years. This year, ICS has partnered up with Cops, Kids & Toys! We have a donation bin at the ICS office located at 123 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850. The donation bin will be collected on November 30th.
PEACE is a non-profit community-based organization with the mission of helping people in the community realize their potential for becoming self-sufficient. PEACE seeks to help people become more self-sufficient by strengthening families, improving the conditions in which people live, encouraging people to own a stake in their own community, and developing partnerships with other organizations, businesses, and individuals to support these efforts. Unfortunately, many of the families do not have the opportunity to be sponsored for holiday gifts. ICS wants to help these families by donating a collection of items such as socks, hats, scarves, gloves, blankets, gift cards, etc., to PEACE. These items will then be given to families! We are asking other members of the Onondaga Community to help us! All donations can be dropped off at our Syracuse location, 6007 Fair Lakes Rd East Syracuse, NY 13057. We will be collecting donations until Friday, December 11th.