We’ve had the opportunity to volunteer with, and donate to, so many great non-profits since the Avionté Hope Foundation first started out in early 2012, when the founders of Avionte Staffing Software presented employees with a simple challenge: take $50 and find a way to make a difference with it.

Recently, CEO of Avionté John Long appeared at the bi-weekly committee meeting with a very generous surprise, reminiscent of the original challenge presented to employees in early 2012; each of the four committee members was given $2,000 and one month to find a local charity to donate it to!

Four organizations were chosen, and the AHF committee members spent a morning touring the facilities and presenting the checks to the chosen organizations.

Each member wrote about the experience on the Hope site. Click on the links below to read their stories:

* Read about Avionte’s Software Developer Derek Beumer’s connection with the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.

* Learn why Open Arms of Minnesota is an organization that Dana Olson, Avionte’s Customer Care Representative, stands behind.

* Read why Alec Hedlund, Support Specialist at Avionte, chose Avenues for Homeless Youth.

* The Emily Program Foundation is the non-profit Avionte’s Sales and Marketing Assistant Jenna Campbell chose to donate to.

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