BKV is committed to actively supporting and investing in our communities and where our employees call home. For example, once a month, our NEPA team in Susquehanna County hosts a buffet-style soup kitchen at the Seven Loaves Soup Kitchen with meals made from scratch for families in need—lending way for lots of bonding, flour-drenched shirts and fun, like being chased by local turkeys in the parking lot (but that’s another story).
A culture of kindness
It all started with BKV Operations Accountant Amy Brady, who has volunteered for various causes since she was a little girl. Like BKV, serving the community has always been at the core of who she is—from participating in service-based youth groups to volunteering at a homeless shelter for LGBTQIA teens who were kicked out of their homes. When Brady joined BKV in 2019, she brought her passion for volunteerism with her.
“Volunteering is something my mom always instilled in us,” she said. “And it was usually centered around food, whether that’s handing out warm meals the day before Thanksgiving or collecting cans to donate.”
What started out as a one-time ask of Brady has turned into a consistent act of kindness. Community engagement has become “a key part of our culture,” Brady said. “We’re always searching for new ways to give back. It’s become part of our routine to solicit ideas from the team and find fun ways to engage with our community.”
In addition to the monthly soup kitchen, Brady and her colleagues make an effort to identify a variety of opportunities throughout the year for the team to participate in, including a Christmas toy drive, winter coat drive, and the Saint Joseph’s Center drive—a donation campaign for sensory toys for children with disabilities.
“We’re always searching for new ways to give back. It’s become part of our routine to solicit ideas from the team and find fun ways to engage with our community.”