The Fight Against Food Insecurity

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It’s 2005, small-town Pennsylvania. The only grocery store in town is shutting down. Helen Lazara, the founder and then-owner of local business IP Services, has some concerns about food insecurity. “When that store closed, I did worry somewhat about food insecurity for people who couldn’t always drive easily to go to an out-of-town store,” Helen…

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Giving Back with the Great Buckthorn Bandits

Giving Back

At IPS, giving back to our community has always been a big part of our culture. We want to help create a better community and a better world. We organize donation drives and fundraisers, host food drives, volunteer at clean-up events, participate in events like Walk to End Alzheimer’s and Erie Gives, raise money for…

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Community Engagement in 2022

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Community engagement has always been a big part of our culture at IP Services. That’s why we formed the IPS Connects committee almost four years ago in 2019. The IPS Connects committee is dedicated to finding new and creative ways to give back to the local Erie community. We want to create a better community…

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Why Choose Rural Outsourcing?

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In today’s modern economy, it’s common for companies of all sizes to outsource at least some aspects of their business operations to third-party service providers. Outsourced services could include skills-focused work that requires certifications, like SHRM for HR or CIPP for Privacy. Alternatively, the work could require experience with specific software, tools, or process such…

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Helping Your Community Through Crisis

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In a time of crisis, those of us who can help our community, should. There is certainly ample opportunity during our current situation. IPS was proud to donate meals to local hospitals in partnership with Red Letter Hospitality, a local management company. Since their restaurants are currently only open for takeout, they started a program…

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3 Tips for Increasing Community Outreach Participation

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If you are launching a community engagement program or organizing a community outreach event, participation will be critical to its success. So, what next? Follow these three tips to increase participation: 1. Time vs. money vs. stuff A big decision you’ll need to make when organizing a community outreach event is, “What do you want…

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Over a Decade Later: A Tradition of Giving

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At the heart of most traditions are three things: people coming together, a celebration of what matters, and a sense of enjoyment. As a company, IP Services has gathered many traditions over its twenty-plus years. Two of the most important revolve around the holidays and community outreach. YMCA Family Charity In 2006, one of our…

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5 Donation Drives That Are Easy & Engaging

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A hard thing to confront when you first start a community outreach program is your inability to help everyone. There are so many vulnerable members of the community, and if you could, YOU would be the one to help them all. But that’s not how it works. In order to keep your outreach program alive,…

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