When It Comes to Community Service, This is How We TSYS

Around the world, TSYS team members are committed to serving the communities where we work and live. Community service and helping others is a big part of our corporate culture.  

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When It Comes to Community Service, This is How We TSYS

Jul 24, 2019

When It Comes to Community Service, This is How We TSYS

Around the world, TSYS team members are committed to serving the communities where we work and live. Community service and helping others is a big part of our corporate culture.

From participating in water bottle drives to helping Alzheimer’s patients to organizing charity fundraisers and inspiring our youth, TSYS team members always step up when it comes to community service.

That's why we were named to the Civic 50 by the Points of Light organization for the sixth consecutive time in 2019. The Civic 50 recognizes the top 50 most community-minded companies in the United States.

We like to say, "This is how we TSYS," which showcases how we do things around here. Always giving back, always putting people first. We live and breathe our brand and culture every day, and community service is a big part of it.

Lifting up the communities where we do business is at the heart and soul of our culture. Below are some stories about how TSYS team members are showing 'how they TSYS' around the globe.

Supporting Alzheimer’s in Colorado

In Broomfield, Colo., team members filled up boxes with personal hygiene products and delivered them to Alzheimer’s patients in the area.

Also, on June 21 — the longest day of the year — the Broomfield Heart of TSYS committee hosted a chili cook-off and bake sale to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association. The Longest Day initiative raised more than $1,500 for Alzheimer's.

On this day with the most sunlight, also known as the Summer Solstice, thousands of people from across the world came together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer's through an activity of their choice. Together, they used their creativity and passion to raise funds and awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.

Stuff the Bus

At its headquarters in Columbus, Ga., TSYS is a major supporter of the Stuff the Bus campaign, an annual school supply drive that is organized by the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley. The objective of the program is to fill thousands of backpacks with school supplies and deliver them to students at schools in the area.

Columbus team members packing book bags for our annual Stuff the Bus campaign.

Last year, during the 2018 Stuff the Bus campaign, TSYS stuffed 3,180 backpacks full of school supplies, shattering our goal of 1,800 backpacks, and contributing more than half (55%) of the total backpacks collected by United Way for our area. This year's goal for TSYS is 2,250 backpacks.

"We could not start our school year as successfully without those backpacks," said Dawn Jenkins, principal of South Columbus Elementary School. "I can't thank [TSYS] enough. Please don't ever stop doing what you do."

Project Cookie Jar

Project Cookie Jar teaches middle and high school girls involved with Girls Inc. about personal finance and economics.

The program was started five years ago and is organized by TSYS women who volunteer their time to teach girls about money matters. Topics at the monthly meetings include budgeting, credits cards, loans, checking and savings accounts, shopping with care, money traps, taxes and college planning.

The program is championed by Gail Burgos, the senior diversity and inclusion manager at TSYS. Burgos has volunteered at Girls Inc. for more than 20 years. She said more than 200 girls have participated in the financial workshops.

A photo of the volunteers and girls from Girls Inc. visiting our Riverfront Campus.

Girls Inc. is a nonprofit organization that inspires and empowers girls at 82 locations in the U.S. Project Cookie Jar was started in Columbus and has expanded to the Kennesaw, Georgia location.

"It makes a huge difference for the girls as they mature and grow into adulthood, learning about finances, and we in turn have an opportunity to give back, share our life experiences and become a role model," said Burgos.

Cyprus office supports MS

"The TSYS team in Cyprus, Nicosia takes corporate social responsibility seriously," said Edith Kessler-Charalambous, vice president of PRIME Business Solutions at TSYS International. "We have several ongoing community service projects that our people are involved in."

Cyprus team members won the RunCorporate 5KM Race, part of the new Medochemie Nicosia Marathon.

In 2019, the Cyprus office decided to raise funds for the Pancyprian MS society. The fundraising plan includes:

  • Selling raffle tickets for a donated printer, which raised €500.
  • A World Bake-off Competition, where people bring in different dishes and baked goods from around the world and sell them to team members. Money generated so far this year is more than €700, with the goal of €1,000.
  • Organizing Pulled Pork Day in mid-July, where the office sold lunches of BBQ pulled pork in buns and other sides.
  • In December, they plan to have a brain game competition with sponsored teams.

Charity work for dogs

In the United Kingdom, TSYS team members chose Guide Dogs for the Blind as one of its annual charities. This particular nonprofit is close to the hearts of our team members in York and Knaresborough, England. In York, a guide dog named Venus serves as a fellow team member and "vice president of motivation."

The UK teams held a series of fundraisers for Guide Dogs for the Blind, which provides support dogs to blind and partially blind adults and children. In April, the team set a goal to raise £2,500 (or $3,287.73) over a two-year period. But it took just 20 weeks for the team to raise that amount.

Taming the temperature in Tempe

In the Tempe, Arizona office, where the temperature averages 103 degrees in the summertime, team members organize an annual water bottle drive for the homeless and needy.

What started in 2012 by a few team members has grown into a major undertaking that is now called the TSYS Merchant Segment water drive. In 2018, the segment donated a whopping 114,649 water bottles to Saint Vincent DePaul, a nonprofit organization that is focused on providing care, nourishment and resources to those in need.

Tempe team members at the end of their annual bottled water drive.

Saint Vincent DePaul distributes the water through their dining halls and by their water truck that travels the Tempe metro area assisting less-fortunate citizens.

The 2019 TSYS Merchant Segment water drive runs July 22 through August 2.

Engaged in service work

These are just a few examples of how TSYS team members serve the communities where we do business. We are also staunch supporters of the United Way and last year donated more than $1.7 million to the nonprofit that touches multiple charities.

At TSYS, our culture encourages us to put people front and center and that includes our community neighbors. That's why our team members are so engaged in service work and helping others. It's the way we do things around here — otherwise known as 'the way we TSYS.'