A Small Company Creating a Big Impact
The relationship between insolvency and reconstruction firm Rodgers Reidy and United Way Australia began in early 2011 when the company’s Directors, Robert Moodie and Geoff Reidy, offered pro bono space within the firm’s Sydney CBD office for United Way Australia to use as it’s headquarters.
Since 2011, Rodgers Reidy have partnered with us to Give, Advocate and Volunteer. A great example of this is that all of the firm’s staff are encouraged to volunteer and mentor high school students involved in United Way’s youth unemployment programs. The initiative has proven to be effective in engaging staff, with the team deriving great satisfaction from using their skills and experience to help students who have had little exposure to positive role models.
“We consider involvement with UWA an important element of staff personal development,” says Mr Moodie. “Our numbers have gone through the roof as far as employee engagement goes. It’s really encouraging that our employees take pride in the firm, feel that they are making a positive contribution to society, and know that they are working with an ethical organisation.
As insolvency practitioners we are at one end of the capitalist spectrum – working alongside UWA gives our staff exposure to the other end,” Mr Moodie reflects.
Rodgers Reidy staff not only participate in volunteering activities but also take part in fundraisers including United Way Australia’s annual Christmas appeal, Gift of Reading.
“The Gift of Reading is a fantastic online campaign raising funds to support early literacy development for kids in disadvantaged communities. It ticks both boxes of being a great way to engage our staff and helps us as an organisation to give back to the community,” Mr Moodie reflects.
The Rodgers Reidy team raised almost $5000 last year to support children in vulnerable communities to learn to read, learn and succeed in life with the firm matching all staff donations.
So inspired were their senior management to help United Way identify new opportunities, that Mr Moodie recently initiated United Way’s first ever Spring Ball, to be held at Sydney Town Hall in September.
“I think that more and more businesses are starting to understand the positive benefits of being involved with community based giving. It can create a far wider benefit to staff and core business as well as amplify social good. It’s a win-win situation,” Mr Moodie, explains.
One strong example of how a small company can make a large difference.