Giving Back: The 2016 Super Service Challenge Winners

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At DEFENDERS, we look for team members who are humble servants. We believe that when we serve others together, we also grow as a team. We encourage employees to immerse themselves in a cause that is near and dear to them and find ways to give back.

The Super Service Challenge was created in 2011 by DEFENDERS founder Dave Lindsey. The challenge helped direct company donations to the projects and causes that mattered to his employees. Since then, the impact and scope of the challenge have grown across the United States.

The Super Service Challenge has made it a mission to bring together organizations through service. Since its inception in 2011, the Super Service Challenge has assisted more than 100,000 people in taking part with more than 1,500 different charities. The Challenge is open to individuals, organizations, and nonprofits, and is a great way to get involved and give back. Quarterly and grand prize winners are selected each year.

The Super Service Challenge encourages real involvement, asking participating volunteers to document their experiences and upload videos onto https://superservicechallenge.com. Through these videos, organizations are able to share their stories with others..

Each year, a grand prize of $25,000 is awarded to a single winner, with other prizes given in the amounts of $10,000, $5,000, $1,000, and $500. Looking back, 2016 was a great year for the Super Service Challenge. Many local organizations were recognized for their work with local communities. Among the $10,000 winners were:

In 2016, DEFENDERS team members submitted over 200 videos. Charities nominated by DEFENDERS received 14 different awards ranging from $10,000 to $500. Grace Care Center was a recipient of a $10,000 award. Because one in five children live below the poverty line in Indiana, many local kids often find themselves without necessary items like suitable clothing or school supplies.

To help combat this issue, Grace Church hosts the Grace Community Fair. In 2016, more than 200 volunteers took part in the event, serving more than 1,500 people. At the fair, personal items were supplied and services provided including:

  • New shoes
  • Groceries
  • Job support
  • Haircuts
  • Healthcare
  • Family photos
  • Meals
  • Bikes

The employees who chose to dedicate their time to this cause greatly enjoyed the experience and the positive impact they were able to make in a single day.

Vanessa Miller even brought her little sister to help out at the event. The two sisters worked side-by-side, handing out school supplies and new shoes.

Amy Gardner was overwhelmed by the experience and the positive impact they were having on the children.

“Every time I walked over to where Vanessa and Lana were volunteering, it just struck me that there were these little kids there that were so proud that they were getting a new pair of shoes and a new backpack to go back to school.”

In addition to the work with the Grace Community Fair, DEFENDERS was recognized for their work with these other organizations:

  • Together We Rise
  • YWAM San Pedro
  • Junior Achievement of Central Indiana
  • Orlando Union Rescue Mission
  • Indiana Blood Center
  • Million Meal Mission
  • Cathy's SMILE
  • Rally for a Cure, Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • Habitat for Humanity Panel Build
  • Wheeler Mission
  • Kentucky Refuge for Women
  • Julian Center
  • Sheltering Wings

We make it our mission to be a positive force in the community. Our employees often say they are lucky and proud to help make a difference and influence lives for the better.