Every day at Ultimate Software, we’re reminded of just how fortunate we are, not only as a company, but as people. It’s part of what drives our companywide commitment to community service, and it’s why, since our founding 28 years ago, we’ve made giving a cornerstone of Ultimate’s “People First” culture.
Throughout the year, we partner with a variety of nonprofit organizations to support local, national, and global causes that help our communities. Most recently, we had the privilege of joining Rebuilding Together for our second annual National Week of Service.
Rebuilding Together works to improve the lives of low-income homeowners, including veterans and the elderly, who are in need of major home repairs, such as roofing and retrofitting for accessibility. The 30-year-old organization works with professionals and volunteers across the United States to provide fixes and complete other beautification projects, so these individuals and families can continue to live safely and comfortably in their homes.
This year’s National Week of Service was even more special, as we teamed up with members of the Miami HEAT basketball organization—part of our multi-year partnership with the three-time NBA champions. Together, we spent four consecutive days painting, landscaping, and gardening.
We started on Monday in South Florida with the HEAT (even team mascot Burnie got involved). Then, Ultimate employees in San Francisco and Santa Ana, California, and in Atlanta and Alpharetta, Georgia, continued volunteering throughout the week to make a difference for local homeowners.
In all, hundreds of employees from Ultimate, the Miami HEAT, and Rebuilding Together joined forces for a collaborative national week of service that helped change the lives of nine families forever. It makes us so proud to see the selfless acts of humanity and the great lengths that people are willing to go to care for others, most of whom they don’t even know and will probably never interact with again.
Selfless service results in amazing connections. There are signs of the meaningful difference made, and not just in the completed work or home restorations. Sometimes, it’s a simple smile. Other times, a joyful tear. And always, an intangible feeling.
At Ultimate, we know how fortunate we are to be where we are today. We are extremely grateful for all the people and circumstances that have impacted us over the years. And knowing that we have the opportunity to return the favor, by helping and serving others, provides a greater perspective on the work we do every day.
It’s not just about creating HR software that enables thousands of people to perform better at work. It’s about delivering a positive outlook, and a hopeful future, to those most in need.
Putting people first means recognizing the many ways, big and small, we can all help others around us. When we look out for one another, real change takes place.