DFT Employee Caring Program gives $2,600 in support of local charities

DFT Communications and its employees are proud to announce the distribution of more than $2,600 to local not-for-profit organizations through the company’s 2012 employee caring program.

Local charities that benefitted from these donations include the Brocton-Portland Food Pantry, Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, Chautauqua Striders, Gowanda Food Pantry, Chautauqua County Hospice, Lake Shore Humane Society, Neighbor-to-Neighbor Food Pantry, the RO Foundation, The Silver Creek Food Pantry, Susan Komen Race for the Cure and the Westfield Community Kitchen.

This giving is made possible through employees’ participation in Friday dress down days at DFT. Employees are invited to have an amount they choose taken out of their pay check each week, which in turn entitles them to dress down for work every Friday.

“Over 60 percent of our employees participate in this ongoing program, states Wendy Barlette, HR Director for DFT Communications and coordinator of the funds for the program. “We are very fortunate to have so many people at DFT who truly care about our communities and who want to help make things just a little better for someone else.”

All of the donations distributed through these funds are based on recommendations from the employees each year, and according to Barlette, are causes “that are near and dear to their hearts. ” Each recommendation is carefully reviewed before the final selections are made.

Mark R. Maytum, President and COO of DFT Communications stated, “We are extremely proud of our employees for the generosity they show and the commitment they make in trying to help out others in need. We are very fortunate at DFT to be able to give back to the community and having our employees taking such an active role in this kind of program is even more rewarding.”

Marketing and Public Relations Manager Dan Siracuse says that the Employee Caring Program is in keeping with the company’s long history of community service and philanthropy. Plans are being made and employee recommendations are now being accepted for the 2013 Employee Caring Program.

About DFT Communicatons

DFT Communications is a 115-year old company offering local and long distance telephone service; Internet; digital phone service (VoIP); residential and commercial security systems; call center services; business telephone systems; satellite television; communications and data networking services; fiber and copper wiring solutions; computer repair; computer, television and electronic retail sales and electrical contracting services.