A small tech company in Langley has incorporated volunteerism into their work time, and they say production and job satisfaction have never been higher.
Matt Dryhout, CEO and founder of Scout Technology Guides in north Langley, said that one of the company’s main mandates is service — to clients, to each other and to the community.
“Serving is one of our core values. We wanted to put serving into action,” said Dryhout.
For the past few months, the Scout team has been helping with a breakfast program at Maple Ridge Secondary on Tuesday mornings.
Dryhout is involved in Youth Unlimited, and it was through that non-profit that he found out the high school hot breakfast program was in need of volunteers.
Tabatha Trott, who works at Scout in sales and support, said the experience has been great for camaraderie at work and for making her feel like she is contributing to the community.
“It’s been a lot of fun. It gets you out of the bubble for a while and refreshes you to go back to work. The kids who use the breakfast program are great, very respectful, good kids.”
She said there are about 150 students who come for breakfast when they are there. The program is open to all students, so no student stands out.
“Parents commute far distances to work and don’t have time to make sure their kids have breakfast. Some students bus in early to have breakfast. It’s so important they start their day not hungry,” said Trott.
Helping out with the breakfast program isn’t the company’s first venture into volunteering.
For the past couple years, Scout’s 12 or so employees volunteered at the Gateway of Hope.
Dryhout has taken part in the sleep-out for Covenant House in 2015, raising $13,000. Last year, Dryhout partnered with Youth Unlimited and spent the night walking the streets instead of trying to sleep.
“It was a better representation of what young people have to go through at night. It was eye-opening,” he said.
Scout Tech manages small companies’ IT needs, including syncing up phone systems. With a head office in north Langley, they serve companies of 15 to 150 employees across Metro Vancouver.
Scout’s guides sweat all the tech stuff so companies can focus on what they do best, said Dryhout.
As well as setting up a businesses’ network system, Scouts’ guides provide ongoing IT support. They also set up phone systems, work out bugs in programs and keep things running smoothly.
To learn more go to scouttg.com.