West Monroe Partners’ “1+1+1” initiative was designed to encourage employees to give back to their local communities with the goal of donating at least 1% of our time to community engagement, 1% of our profit to charities and 1% of our talent for pro-bono work. A great example of this initiative in action is our Columbus office’s work for the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio. The Furniture Bank is an organization that provides furniture to families in need. The majority of items they distribute are donated items, but they also build tables, dressers and bed frames to help supplement their inventory.
We began working with the Furniture Bank by volunteering to help them build some of this furniture in their woodshop. After volunteering our time for this great organization, we began to learn more about how they schedule and service families and their desire to increase the number of families served each year. Discussing their capacity concerns led us to realize that our experience in increasing distribution productivity and optimizing throughput could help the Furniture Bank reach their goals. We offered them a pro-bono project that would include several phases with the goal of increasing the number of families that could benefit from their services. Partnering with the Furniture Bank, we were able to outline a plan for them to move from a current level of 4,500 families served per year to a possible 10,000 families served.
While the capacity planning project is complete, our time dedicated to helping the Furniture Bank is nowhere near complete as we will continue to help this organization in any way we can.