Every December, we launch our “212 Gives Back” initiative by giving all our employees an extra Christmas bonus. Rather than using this money for themselves, employees choose a local non-profit to donate to, and then share what they love about that organization with the rest of the team.

Marketing Strategist and Director of Social Media Dustin Hickle is donating to Combined Community Services (CCS), a non-profit that supports low-income Kosciusko County residents by providing programs and education that help them achieve a higher quality of life. “CCS offers an incredibly diverse number of services for a wide variety of needs,” says Dustin. “Their heating assistance program is one of the most important services in our community.”

Dustin understands the expenses local families face to keep their homes warm in the winter, and he loves the way CCS provides opportunities for them to stay on their feet. “I can’t stand the thought of a family in our community being cold in the winter just because money is tight for a little while,” Dustin explains.

Heating bills are just a part of the expenses families face in the winter, and CCS makes sure those expenses don’t become too overwhelming to manage. Dustin believes that keeping a house warm shouldn’t be a luxury, and by donating to CCS, he’s making sure all local families receive the assistance they need to face the winter. “It is one of the most simple but impactful things we can do this time of year: Make sure people in need have a warm place to rest.”

To learn more about CCS and the great work they’re doing for people in our community, visit their website or their Facebook page.