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Nexus is a supporter of many community-spirited functions. These are just a few of the things that we do as a company...
Seventeen years ago, Nexus and GPN Magazine began a program to annually award an outstanding intern in our industry. In order for the greenhouse industry to be successful, we need topnotch growers who are well trained in the business. The GPN/Nexus Internship Award is just one of the ways we work to further the future of the industry. The 2016 Intern of the Year is Keirstan Kure a senior at Penn State University with a major in Plant Science and minors in Agriculture and Geography. The winner each year is featured in an article in GPN and attends Cultivate in Columbus Ohio where they get an even better insight into our whole industry.
If you are in the Nexus office you will see a plastic bin that may be filled with diapers, blankets, gift cards, etc. Nexus employees have been participating in the "Bin Blessed" program sponsored by "There with Care" since 2015. The program helps support families who have premature infants and/or infants with serious health conditions. Each month a list of needed items is distributed and our employees fill up the green bin. "There with Care" members take our donations and others to create gift baskets to distribute to those families in need. We have enjoyed participating with this charity and look forward to continuing to help. The Nexus team continues to find ways to share their blessings with others.
This year Nexus employees will also be helping to build a home in Denver with the Habitat For Humanity Organization. Habitat works to build homes for families in need.
A number of Nexus employees have been participating in Spartan Races and Games. They train together and then participate. The Spartan Code says that Spartans push their minds and bodies to their limits, master their emotions, learn continuously, give generously, lead, stand up for their beliefs, no matter the cost, know their flaws as well as their strengths, and prove themselves through actions, not words. In order to succeed as a team, they pull together and cheer each other through fire walks, water hazard, carrying buckets filled with rocks up hills, swimming through mud pits, crawling under barb wire gauntlets to name only a few of the challenges they face together.
Several years ago Nexus celebrated Earth Day by discontinuing the use of plastic utensils and paper products in our kitchen area. Not only have we eliminated the volume of trash that goes into landfills but we have also saved money. Employees brought dishes, cups, and silverware from home. Everyone feels as if we have made a contribution to becoming more "green".
We decided to make a "Living Wall" as one of our Earth Day projects. Most of our employees participated in the planting of the vertically hung wall which is watered from the top. The plants include herbs, lettuce, and tomatoes. Each evening people can pick fresh items to take home for their dinner.
Here are two photos of the planting in progress. The placement of the Living Wall takes advantage of the Denver sunlight and breezes. These small steps make us more conscious of our environment and the role we can play in making it better.
We have fielded "Team Libby" to walk in the American Cancer Society’s event to raise awareness and dollars to fight breast cancer. About twenty of our employees participate in the walk downtown Denver. Many other employees contributed money which is matched by Nexus.
"Team Libby" walked in honor of cancer-survivor Libby Wright
The company sponsors individual employees who choose to participate in marathons or walks for cancer (We have several in The Cancer Walk, one in Bolder-Boulder and one in the Avon Walk).
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We are supporters of the Mile High United Way on many levels. Our employee contributions are matched by the company. Many of our employees are volunteers with individual organizations that are United Way participants. Nexus has been cited for our generous contribution to employee ratio.
One United Way organization that we have adopted and support in many ways is Urban Peak. It is an organization to help young people overcome homelessness by providing safety, respect, and essential services. Each Christmas we fill a barrel with gifts, t-shirts, toiletries, socks, etc. All of our employees bring in items to put in the barrel. Several employees also participate with their families in serving food at their kitchen. We also collected items for school bags.
We are supporters of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Book and Author’s Dinner benefiting the Craig Hospital and the Hahn Alumni Scholarship Fund (benefiting Craig Alumni). Craig Hospital celebrating 100 years of rebuilding lives is exclusively dedicated to the specialty rehabilitation and research for patents with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. A dozen or so of our people attend the dinner each year and honor one of our employee’s children who has been a Craig Hospital patient and recently a Hahn Scholarship winner.
Honoring the daughter of one of our retirees who was a former Craig Hospital patient.
Nexus acknowledges the value of education. The company will pay 100% of tuition for any of our employees to work toward their degrees. Many of our people have taken advantage of the program. We also reimburse our employees who obtain certifications within their fields.
Nexus also acknowledges the value of healthy employees. If any of our employees feel that they are beyond their healthy weight, they can sign up for a weight reduction program and be reimbursed.
In addition to all these, there are countless ways that our employees on a personal and individual level provide support to others through their churches and local neighborhoods.