Holiday season made brighter by Pioneer Services

Giving back to the communities it serves has been a defining principle at Pioneer Services for more than seven decades. This year was no different, as the company stepped up to help military families around the country through a number of different efforts and initiatives.

In Las Vegas, the company partnered with the Nellis Air Force Base (AFB) "Adopt-A-Family" program to help ease the difficult times some military families experience during the holidays. Four separate military families from the Las Vegas area were adopted by the company this year, and everything from stuffed animals for the kids to gift cards for the parents were delivered on Dec. 14.

In addition to the Las Vegas Adopt-A-Family effort, Pioneer Services and its associates also assisted with the Kansas-City area Toys-for-Tots program. This was the fourth year in a row that associates at the company's headquarters donated hundreds of toys to families in need.

The Kansas City office also helped the local chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) with its food drive. Pioneer Services associates collected and donated more than 3,000 cans of food, hams, and turkeys over a two-week period. To make things interesting, they created a department challenge to see which part of the company could collect the most items. In addition, Pioneer Services associates volunteered to assist with the Department of Veterans Affairs' "Stand Down" day over the holidays, a program that assists homeless veterans by providing food, shelter, clothing, and health care screenings at various locations across the country.

Nationally, each Pioneer Services office handed out nearly $20,000 in commissary gift certificates so that families facing a tough time could have a nice holiday meal. The certificates were distributed in different ways in each market, with some locations giving them out in the office, and others handing them to military chaplains and support groups that will then distribute as they see fit.

"All of these efforts are a reflection of our corporate culture," said Karen Von Der Bruegge, chief marketing officer. "We are always stressing helping others with projects or jobs, and we extend that attitude of assistance outward into the communities we serve. While we concentrate on giving back throughout the year, the holidays are always a good excuse to do just a bit more."