"What do 515 pounds of food and the freezing waters of Lake Erie have in common?"
They both have to do with caring.
This February, Speedeon Data has been busy caring for our community – specifically for those community members who are food insecure and those with special needs.
Earlier this month, Speedeon hosted a food drive in honor of National Canned Food Month. On February 19, representatives from Speedeon donated more than 515 pounds of soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter, and other goods to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in Northeast Ohio having provided more than 57 million meals in 2018 to hungry people in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Ashland and Richland counties.
“We believe in The Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s mission and have been supporting the organization over the years,” remarks Speedeon President Joshua Shale. “A key component of Speedeon’s core values is caring for our community. This year we wanted to do a little extra by hosting our own food drive.”
On February 23, nearly a dozen, brave (and arguably foolhardy) Speedeon employees took part in the 2019 Cleveland Polar Plunge in support of Special Olympics Ohio. In total, our plungers raised $1,703 for the Special Olympics, coming in ninth place among the teams for total amount raised.
“We had a great time participating in this year’s Polar Plunge,” said Gerard Daher, Speedeon Data CEO and fellow plunger. “The Special Olympics is a great cause and I was proud to have Speedeon represented among the ‘chosen frozen’ of Cleveland and Ohio, at this year’s event.”
Every year the Polar Plunge challenges thousands of jumpers throughout the state to take the plunge for Special Olympics Ohio. Funds raised through the Cleveland Polar Plunge help in supporting the 21,000 Special Olympics athletes in Ohio. Donations and fundraising efforts will assist Special Olympics Ohio in providing year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.