This really is a great place to live, work and give back!
At Pro Search, we’re very proud of where we live and work and we are dedicated to supporting our community. As Maine’s largest and most respected recruiting and staffing firm, we also know we have a responsibility to give back. We are very aware that our success and our ability to give back to our community is only possible through the hard work of our temporary and contract employees AND our partnership with our many loyal clients.
Pro Search Gives Back Program
With this in mind, in 2008 we created the Pro Search Client Give Back Program, donating 5 cents for every hour our temporary and contract employees work to community organizations in Southern Maine. Each quarter, we make that donation on behalf of our client companies.
Since 2008, we have contributed over $10,000 each year to Maine based charities and non-profits. Below is a list of the great organizations we have supported through this program:
Wayside Soup Kitchen, Share our Strength, Volunteers of America, Easter Seals, March of Dimes, Project Grace, Goodwill of Northern New England, National Kidney Foundation and United Way of Greater Portland
In 2011, as a team we made the decision to use our annual TV advertising budget to highlight Maine based community organizations and help them promote their fundraising events. Since then, we have profiled a number of fundraising events and causes in the Maine community.
Update: We had our most successful year in 2011, which resulted in record contributions through Pro Search Gives Back. Thanks again to our clients and temporary/contract employees for a great year. We continue to provide direct financial support and TV ad support, and are on track for our biggest year in 2012.
To learn more, or if you are a Maine based non-profit that would like to be considered for this program, please contact Dave Vasconcelos at email@example.com or at 207-775-7600.
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Our Team in the Community
Since 1994, each Pro Search employee has been encouraged to take time for volunteer activities and to support our community. We also serve on boards and committees of organizations when we feel we can provide value through our direct involvement.
Below is additional information about our direct involvement:
Ed McKersie, President and Founder of Pro Search, is active in the human resources community, having served on the Board of the Human Resources Association of Southern Maine and on the SHRM Maine State Council. He also established the Planning Committee for the Best Places to Work in Maine project, a program designed to recognize Maine companies that have established and consistently fostered outstanding workplace environments.
Ed is Past Chair of USM Corporate Partners at the University of Southern Maine, made up of over 350 business people, from more than 150 companies, who believe that a responsive public university plays a key role in building and sustaining a vibrant community. The USM Corporate Partners was formed in 1989 to develop and support "partnerships" between the business sector and the University of Southern Maine.
Ed also serves on the University of Southern Maine Foundation Board.The University of Southern Maine Foundation, incorporated in 1996, is an
independent nonprofit fundraising organization whose purpose is to actively
build and steward its resources in support of the University's mission of
education, research, and public service and to educate the public about the
activities and programs of the University of Southern Maine.
Ed is also the Board Chair of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development. The Maine Center for Enterprise Development provides an environment for the creation and growth of quality companies through incubation. The program's resources are focused on finding, helping, and encouraging incubator companies to grow into quality companies while wisely investing community resources. Focusing the program's resources on a select set of candidates who have what’s necessary to be successful is the guiding principle of the MCED Incubator Program.
Andrea (Brown) Gleason, Director, Accounting/Finance Recruiting for Pro Search serves on the Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries of Northern New England.
Rhiana Lippold and Mary Warren, our Senior Recruiter, are on the Board and the Planning Committee of PROPEL , a young member group associated with the Portland Chamber of Commerce that holds events to bring the young professionals in Portland together for networking and professional growth.
Mary also serves on the Board of Directors of March of Dimes here in Maine. Each year, Pro Search has a team in the WalkAmerica challenge and we sponsor a table at the Chef's Auction in the Fall.
Sarah Davies, Senior IT Recruiter for Pro Search, sits on the Board for Volunteers of America Northern New England. VOANNE is a national, nonprofit, spiritually-based organization providing local human service programs and opportunities for individual and community involvement. VOA sees the potential in every person and design and operate programs that address today's most pressing social needs. In Northern New England, their focus includes providing affordable low-income housing for seniors and a variety of services for youth, adults and families.
Dave Vasconcelos is an active member of the Business Advisory Council at Goodwill of Northern New England.