February 26, 2019 – Crow Shields Bailey (CSB) believes that living out our values as a community-focused firm begins with taking care of each other. CSB leadership fosters an environment that allows ample opportunities for each team member to get involved throughout our local community, and support our fellow teammates in their personal passions. This community-focused approach inspires us to better impact each other, and our Gulf Coast neighbors.
Core Values Grounded in Service
Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Client Focus, Community, and Work-Life Integration represent our core values and lay the foundation of CSB’s culture. Our dedication to living out these values is reflected in each team members’ personal commitment to fulfill our mission to one another, our clients, and community. This begins with our service focus.
2018 Service Reflection
Last year we decided to select a charity that our team would focus most of our service efforts on for the year. To ensure this was a value-aligned organization our team was passionate about, CSB voted on three worthwhile causes, and Light of the Village was selected to be our 2018 philanthropic focus.
Light of the Village is a “front-line, hands-on Christian ministry designed to share Christ’s message of faith, hope, and love to the inner city.” This nonprofit organization is located in one of Alabama’s most violent and poverty-stricken neighborhoods, and provides a safe place for children to visit after school to receive tutoring and a hot meal, as well as play games and participate in Bible study.
For the past six years, our team has participated in the annual Christmas Party that Light of the Village hosts for the children. This rewarding event is anticipated each year, allowing our teammates to spend quality time getting to know these children and watching each of them select a gift at the end of the night. Since our team is familiar with Light of the Village’s impact on our local community’s youth, it is fitting they were selected as our inaugural charity.
Along with Light of the Village efforts throughout the year, CSB also supported the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce and its various charities, such as the Ruff Wilson Youth Center, Fairhope Rotary Youth Club and Spanish Fort Public Library. We also supported Lifelines Counseling Services, NEST of Mobile, American Cancer Society, Coastal Conservation Association, Mobile Baykeeper, Junior Achievement, Fuse Project, and more.
2019 Service Commitment
Light of the Village has been selected as our charity of the year again for 2019, and we look forward to making another significant impact through this continued partnership. As part of its Middle School Job Readiness Program, we will be assisting with four different events this year: a resume workshop, job application workshop, mock interview exercises, and inviting participants for job shadowing days at our office. After our busy season, many team members will also be volunteering regularly for various programs such as reading, tutoring, and serving meals.
In addition to the continued Light of the Village outreach, our team is also looking forward to supporting the upcoming Junior Achievement Bowling Classic, and mentoring students with lessons on financial literacy.
With any industry, it can be easy to get caught up in the day-to-day routine of meetings and marking items off the checklist, but our team has found that taking time to serve others has become one of the most rewarding aspects of working at CSB. Working for a company that values community service and encourages its team members to make a positive impact to improve our community is what makes our work more fulfilling, and will always be a main priority in our company culture.