Blog Post

Maritz Travel Employees Give Selflessly in Time of Need

February 22, 2016

In the wake of a disastrous flood that plagued the greater St. Louis area and beyond earlier this winter, two of our employees knew they wanted to take action and help others impacted by rising waters. Katharine Chitwood and Natalie Arras with Maritz Travel utilized the Maritz Employee Community Engagement (ECE) paid time off benefit and volunteered with the American Red Cross, assisting other Red Cross volunteers with disaster relief efforts.

Katharine and Natalie were paired with a disaster assessment volunteer and spent the day assessing the worst of the flood damage. Although they worked separately, their jobs to assist their leads were one and the same – to assess the damage done to each home in the areas that were most affected by the flooding, West Alton, Eureka, Fenton and Granite City. Katherine and Natalie visited upwards of 50 homes and witnessed the real devastation that the flooding had caused.

In thinking back on their experience, the two both were amazed with the strength and support this community showed. “It was truly an eye opening experience to see how resilient and proactive people facing this type of catastrophe can be. We were there to assess the damage and see where each family qualified in terms of assistance; however, many of the families had already begun working together to clean up and repair the damage to their homes,” they shared.  

Katharine and Natalie’s experience with the American Red Cross is just one example of how Maritz employees give so selflessly of their time and expertise with many organizations in the community. As part of our ECE benefit, employees are given eight hours of paid time off throughout the year to assist with any of our philanthropic partners.

“We really appreciate working for a company that allows their employees to take time out of their busy work schedules to get involved with a great organization such as the American Red Cross. We would love the opportunity to get involved again and would encourage other employees to take advantage of their community service paid worktime.”