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Companies that Care: JR Automation

JR Automation provides intelligent automated manufacturing and distribution technology solutions, while also giving back to the community and their employees.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — JR Automation provides intelligent automated manufacturing and distribution technology solutions, while also giving back to the community and their employees.

Part of giving back is through JRCCF, which stands JR Community Care Fund, and is their employee-led fundraising committee. 

JRCCF organize fundraising events all year long, and then at the end of the year, employees get to nominate and vote for local charities who receive the funds the company raised. JRCCF divide up their total donation equally among the 10 charities with the most votes. It's a unique model to have an open voting system for this kind of giving program. 

JR Automation matches all of these employee donations dollar for dollar, so they are all grateful to work for a company that supports local charities by encouraging their activities and by matching the funds they raise.

JRCCF started as a group to raise money for fellow employees and has grown to reach community organizations. The company do still hold events to support employees in need, while also growing the amount they raise for the community each year.

JR Automation try to put on events that focus on bringing people together, providing services for employees, and helping people to have fun at work. 

The company has been doing potlucks and chili cook-offs, softball tournaments, and a fall-fest where employees can bring in their families for Halloween activities. JRCCF also sell flowers for Valentine's Day and Mother's Day, and they tried a gift-wrapping service last year.

For the last several years, JRCCF have been able to donate over $100,000 to local charities here in West Michigan, as well as additional donations to Stevensville, MI; Greenville, SC, and Nashville, TN.

The other impact is that the events JRCCF do create a sense of community for employees. When you bring people together over food, a competition, or some general holiday celebrating, it helps deepen relationships with colleagues, open new friendships, and generally helps make JR a great place to be.

To learn more about JR Automation visit here.

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