CEDAR FALLS, Iowa –– CBE Companies (CBE) made a meaningful difference in the communities where it operates and beyond in 2017 through charity projects.

CBE employees made financial donations throughout the year and volunteered in local events through the variety of initiatives that comprise the CBE Cares program. CBE Cares includes all of CBE’s charitable opportunities in the communities of Cedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa; New Braunfels, Texas; and Manila, Philippines. 

CBE employees raised more than $160,000 for non-profit charitable organizations in 2017. 

“Our employees consistently generate creative ideas for how best to serve their communities when it comes to fundraising and volunteer projects. I’m proud of the generosity displayed by our people throughout the year,” said Chad Benson, CBE President and Chief Executive Officer. 

Employees take the lead in charitable efforts

CBE employees organize and execute each of CBE’s charity projects. Some of the ways CBE employees gave back to their communities in 2017 include:

United Way

Employees contributed over $76,000 to local chapters in CBE communities. Voluntary employee payroll contributions and the month-long United Way campaign in October make up the majority of the United Way effort. Fundraising events included contests, food sales, silent auctions and raffles, which contribute to a fun and competitive atmosphere.


Pay It Forward

The months of May and June marked CBE’s eighth annual Pay It Forward project. Employees worked together in teams to select a cause and determine how to make a difference, whether through volunteerism or donations. CBE volunteer efforts included construction on a Habitat for Humanity home, food drives for a local food bank and tree planting in the City of San Pablo, Philippines, to maintain the forest and help water production. 

Leader In Me

CBE provides both leadership and financial support for the Cedar Valley Leader in Me program. The program helps elementary and middle school students develop life skills and self confidence. Leader in Me builds leaders based on the principles set forth in Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Partners in Education

CBE’s long-standing partnership with Lincoln Elementary school in Waterloo, Iowa, continued to assist with needs of staff and students in 2017. CBE employees contributed more than $4,500 to its Partners in Education school over the course of the year. Beyond the financial donation, employees volunteered to serve at events, as mentors and in a pen pal program. 

Casual for a Cause

Regular, ongoing employee contributions at CBE locations allow them to wear casual clothing, including jeans, throughout the year to benefit local, non-profit organizations. The Casual for a Cause initiative raised more than $76,000 for local charities selected by employee committees at each location. In 2017, charities benefitting from the program included the One Mix Program at KBOL radio, House of Hope, Magical Mix Kids, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Cedar Valley Hospice, Beyond Pink Team, the New Braunfels Community Emergency Response Team and $12,000 to Red Cross for hurricane relief. 

About CBE Companies

Founded in 1933, CBE Companies is a global provider of outsourced call center solutions. The company specializes in first and third party debt collection, fraud and customer care services. Our ability to constantly adapt, evolve and stay ahead of the regulatory environment sets us apart from other providers. We’ve implemented the controls necessary to meet the most stringent requirements of federal contracts, as well as heavily regulated and complex Fortune 500 companies. This sustained focus on thought leadership and continual investment inevitably benefits all of our clients by mitigating present and future risk.

CBE accepts change as the rule, not the exception, and has created an environment in which individuals thrive and creativity is valued. Our guiding principle is happy employees equal happy clients. With over 1,000 people in five locations globally, CBE Companies can deliver the right solution in the right location(s) for your ever-changing business needs. CBE’s corporate headquarters is located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, with two facilities in Waterloo, Iowa, and additional facilities in New Braunfels, Texas and Manila, Philippines. The organization is consistently recognized as a local Employer of Choice. It has also been recognized by Workplace Dynamics as one of Iowa’s Top Workplaces.

For more information about CBE Companies, please visit www.cbecompanies.com or call 888-386-0273.

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