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Giving Back to the Community

Giving Back to the Community

Torch believes in giving back to the community. Torch has made corporate contributions to organizations including the Community Foundation of Huntsville; Still Serving Veterans; Junior Achievement; the Huntsville Art League; Christmas Charities Year-Round; the National Association of Black Engineers, and many others. We also sponsor academic competitions and robotics teams at multiple schools in the area.

Although Torch makes numerous contributions to local charities annually, the cornerstone for employee philanthropy is “Torch Helps,” a 501(c)3, non-profit organization funded by employees and managed solely by employee volunteers. The organization operates under the direction of a volunteer review board, which receives formal grant applications from charities that are then evaluated against a consistent set of questions to screen applicants. Applicants are also evaluated against the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability. When a charity passes these standards, employees then vote on which charity selected will receive the grant. At least one major grant is awarded each quarter. In addition, numerous small grants ($500 or less) are awarded each year.

In 2015, Torch Helps contributed more than $77,000 to local charities and hundreds of volunteer hours. In its first ten years of operation, Torch Helps has donated more than $540,000 to local charities and organizations.

Torch Helps operates with 100-percent financial efficiency because Torch Technologies covers all expenses associated with the organization’s overhead. Torch Helps believes that “Together Our Resources Can Help.” This captures the spirit and inspiration of Torch's culture of giving.

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A Pay It Forward Story: Torch Helps’ Aid to Boy Scout Troop Keeps on Giving
A Pay It Forward Story: Torch Helps’ Aid to Boy Scout Troop Keeps on Giving

Torch CEO Bill Roark describes another early endeavor of Torch Helps. When a local Boy Scout troop was robbed of its trailer and camping equipment, Torch Helps purchased a brand-new trailer for the troop and coordinated with MilTec, which provided new camping equipment for the troop. Later, the troop, seeing an opportunity to pay it forward, donated the camping equipment to a Boy Scout troop affected by Hurricane Katrina. Torch’s original act of generosity came full circle when, as a result of their donation, Torch Technologies received our first nomination for the north Alabama Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award.

The Establishment of Torch Helps
The Establishment of Torch Helps

In this video, Torch’s co-founders and one of our early employees describe how Torch Helps, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was created. The Torch Helps model is one of an employee-run, employee-driven charitable organization, which has provided dozens of grants to local charities since its inception.

Torch Culture
Torch Culture

Employee-owner perspectives on life at Torch and our community involvement.

Torch Helps Delivers Grant to Habitat for Humanity
Torch Helps Delivers Grant to Habitat for Humanity

In 2007, Torch Helps wanted to focus on increasing the company’s connection with the community, specifically by doing more community service projects. Habitat for Humanity was selected.

Torch Helps Enables Group Home to Make Ends Meet
Torch Helps Enables Group Home to Make Ends Meet

When Rainbow OMEGA, a facility with group homes for individuals who are physically or mentally disabled and whose families can no longer care for them, encountered trouble making ends meet, Torch Helps came in and filled the gap with a grant.

Torch Helps Gives Aid to Hurricane Katrina Survivors
Torch Helps Gives Aid to Hurricane Katrina Survivors

Clayton Newkirk describes one of the first efforts of Torch Helps: aiding survivors of Hurricane Katrina in his own hometown.

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