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1st Global Remembers 9/11 through Freedom Day

1st Global Remembers 9/11 through Freedom Day

In September, 1st Global volunteers participated in community service projects for Freedom Day 2018 through Communities Foundation of Texas for Business (CFT4B).

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 1st Global employees volunteered at Patriot PAWS, a nonprofit organization that provides services dogs at no cost to U.S veteran. On Saturday, Sept 15, employees and their families volunteered at LOVE In Motion, a nonprofit that shows appreciation to Dallas teachers, police, firefighters and other employees through tangible tokens of appreciation.

At Patriot PAWS, 1st Global volunteers cleaned and organized the dog warehouse, which allows the nonprofit to house and train as many as 25 service dogs at a time for veterans with mobile disabilities and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

At LOVE in Motion,  1st Global volunteers and their families joined other community members to assemble 2,000 appreciation bags, complete with handwritten thank-you notes, to show their gratitude to Dallas teachers and first responders.

By being a part of Freedom Day volunteer efforts, 1st Global employees and their families showed the Dallas community they are dedicated to living out one of the company's guiding principles, aspiring to servant leadership.

"I believe the purpose of business is to be able to do good in the world," said 1st Global President David Knoch in the Freedom Day recap video. "It does actually matter, and it does make a difference to be able to give back to all of the amazing organizations here in Dallas that are trying to make our lives a little bit better," he said.

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Watch the Freedom Day 2018 recap video.

View photos from Freedom Day 2018.

About Freedom Day

While Sept. 11 often is characterized by the memories of tragedy in America, CFT4B uses it as a day to honor veterans and make a difference in the community. For 17 years, CFT4B has hosted Freedom Day to bring North Texas businesses, veteran groups and nonprofit organizations together to complete service projects that benefit the community. With more than 1,100 volunteers this year, these projects help unite the community in one of the largest service days in Texas.

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Throughout 2018, 1st Global continued to live out one of the company’s guiding principles: aspiring to servant leadership through community outreach and volunteerism. Supported by a now three-year partnership with Communities Foundation of Texas for Business, 1st Global has annually increased its social responsibility efforts in the Dallas community.

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