C-Forward Inc., a Covington information technology company, is giving back to the community this holiday season in several ways.
C-Forward is participating in holiday charity events to benefit both the James E. Biggs Early Childhood Education Center in Covington and Tender Mercies, a Cincinnati-based organization that serves the homeless by providing housing and related services.
“At C-Forward, we think it is extremely important to give back to our community,” said Brent Cooper, president and CEO of C-Forward. “This is an activity that our employees do every holiday season and we really enjoy helping these organizations fulfill their important missions.”
C-Forward is participating in the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s B.E.S.T. (Best Education Success Teams) Program, which connects the local businesses to schools throughout Northern Kentucky.
C-Forward has been working with the Biggs Early Childhood Center to improve student attendance this year at the Covington facility. On Dec. 9, students from the Center will visit C-Forward’s offices to decorate the company’s Christmas tree with ornaments they made, and then the students will have lunch with the company’s employees.
C-Forward is also participating in Tender Mercies’ CelebriTrees fundraiser this year. The charity’s annual CelebriTrees fundraiser showcases decorated trees from Nov. 28 until Dec. 9 at the 580 Building in downtown Cincinnati.
On Dec. 9, the trees are sold through a silent auction, which are then delivered to the homes or offices of the purchasers. This year, C-Forward employees decorated a tree with Dr. Seuss books. C-Forward intends to purchase the tree at the auction and donate it to the Biggs Early Childhood Education Center.
Students with the best attendance at school in December will get a book from the tree. “Decorating the tree with books is a great way for C-Forward to promote the importance of reading and the need for a good education to students,” Cooper said.
C-Forward is also conducting a clothing drive and will give gifts to students at the Center. Company employees will purchase and donate clothing to the students at the school. They also will purchase Christmas gifts for 10 children that they have adopted from the Center.