We serve to honor a man who served others

The Rev. Martin Luther King at a 1960s press conferenceAs the nation commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, PEMCO honors the civil rights leader through a spirit of community service.

Dr. King once said, "Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve … you only need a heart full of grace."

Our company's founders believed that corporations have a responsibility to raise the quality of life in the communities they serve. This principle is embedded and embodied in our company culture. It's a norm for our executives to serve on non-profit boards, and many of our managers do as well.  We have a workforce made up of caring people, people who spend many hours volunteering all over the Northwest. 

The volunteer work we do is often done to help the less fortunate. Our acts of service are a statement that all people matter and should be included in our society regardless of circumstance.  These values and acts honor Dr. King's legacy.

PEMCO employees volunteer on MLK Day at Union Gospel MissionOne way we galvanize our giving spirit at PEMCO is through our "Your 8" program. Employees receive eight hours of paid time each year to volunteer for a nonprofit of their choice during regular work hours.  In fact, today, some of our colleagues are volunteering at downtown Seattle's Union Gospel Mission.

How will you serve today and every day?  Do it to honor the man, and to embody our corporate commitment to leave our corner of the world better than we found it.

--Harris Clarke, VP of Operations, PEMCO

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