Planting the Seeds
From environmentally responsible practices to the way we treat our employees, partners, and investors, ElmTree Funds has always made it a priority to be a conscientious corporate citizen. That commitment manifests itself in responsible stewardship and a business model that focuses on improving outcomes for all our stakeholders. It also fuels a keen awareness that the best investment we can make is in the future, by supporting worthy charitable organizations and giving back to the communities we serve.
From autism awareness to education, and from healthcare to hunger and food insecurity, ElmTree is committed to building stronger, healthier, and more sustainable communities. That support doesn’t just come in the form of a check; our team members regularly volunteer their own time and effort in ways that make a difference. One recent example of that volunteer spirit in action took place over the holiday season in St. Louis, when 16 team members in our St. Louis office came together to participate in a team-building volunteer initiative in support of the St. Louis Area Foodbank. The Foodbank, which is driven by the belief that “everyone deserves access to food and the promise of a healthy diet” and is committed to “ensuring access to the foods and resources our neighbors need to thrive,” is part of a network of partners and programs that spans across 26 counties in Eastern Missouri and Southwestern Illinois.
The ElmTree team spent two hours working at several stations during one of the busiest times of the year for the Foodbank, leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. The majority of the team worked hard packing up vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, and onions) as part of a larger effort to process, package, and assemble the Thanksgiving meals the Foodbank would distribute to area residents who might otherwise go hungry during the holidays. All told, our team contributed to a collective effort that ultimately handled a remarkable 16,000 pounds of produce and 8,500 pounds of Thanksgiving boxes packaged. The result was approximately 20,000 meals prepared for the hungry—at a time of year when that community support isn’t just appreciated but critically important.
At ElmTree, we strongly encourage our employees, partners, and investors to be a positive force for change for their neighborhoods and regions. Events like this Foodbank volunteer program in St. Louis are rewarding reminders of the power of that work—and that giving back gives us all a lot to be thankful for.