Social Accountability

Since the inception of Atlantica, we have consistently demonstrated a strong commitment towards social accountability. We fully support the fundamentals that surround the international standard SA8000: 2008 for social accountability.


On December 7, 2018 Atlantica completed a day of service at the Houston Food Bank by helping in the Keegan Kitchen with meal prep and packaging 3,886 hot meals for daily distribution to community locations where children gather after school.

 

Team Atlantica had the opportunity to participate in the YMCA’s ‘Operation Backpack’ which is an initiative to provide school supplies for children in the Houston area so they can start school with the tools to be successful. With the donation of 43 backpacks filled with supplies, Atlantica is helping make a difference and impact the children in our community.

 

Team Houston providing tennis shoes to the children of the Congo Orphanage.

 

Toys delivered to orphanage in Congo

 

Christmas Dinner for the orphanage in Congo!

December 23, 2017

On December 15, 2017 Atlantica completed a day of service at the Houston Food Bank by loading trucks with food that will be shared with families in need during the holidays.

 

 

 

 

Team Atlantica had the opportunity to participate in the YMCA’s ‘Operation Backpack’ which is an initiative to provide school supplies for children in the Houston area so they can start school with the tools to be successful. With the donation of 25 backpacks filled with supplies, Atlantica is helping make a difference and impact the children in our community.

 

Dear Atlantica Management Inc.

 

Thank you so much for your kind support of me and my project here with Mercy Ships.  Because of donations like yours, little girl ‘C’ now has a bright and happy future.  She was born with an encephalocale, a hole in her facial bones that let a sack of brain tissue / spinal fluid grow on her forehead / nose.  This condition is usually fatal by age 5 or 6 –‘C’ is 4 years old, but now will have the opportunity to grow up.  She’s a happy, joyful, trickster, hilarious and mischievous little girl who can be whatever she wants in the future.

 

 

Thanks again,

Stephanie (and ‘C’)

Atlantica is excited to announce our sponsorship in support of Coeur Celeste Orphanage in Pointe Noire, Congo.    Our local Pointe Noire office staff visited Coeur Celeste on Thursday, 13-April-2017. During this outreach visit, the staff gave out chocolate Easter bunnies and treats to all of the children.

Founded by Mrs. Celestine Bangniakana in 2014, the Coeur Celeste Orphanage is currently the home to forty (40) orphans, ranging from the age of 2 to 18 years old.  Mrs. Bangniakana, a native of Congo, is a mother of five (5) and a pillar in the community.  The orphanage has programs in place to teach the children life and job skills.  Some of the areas that the orphans receive hands on experience are in cooking, baking, hosting, and musical instrument training.

Atlantica and a number of its Team members support the incredible service being performed by Mercy Ships, particularly the civilian hospital / surgical Africa Mercy as it provides state-of-the-art care for those who would otherwise go without care… and they provide this service free of charge.  Mercy Ships began sailing on their mission to provide hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor in 1978.  Each year they have been able to reach more people to provide life-changing surgeries.  In 2013 1,190 eye surgeries and 1,373 other surgeries were performed, as well as 37,463 dental procedures and 12,004 eye evaluations.  Every port brings new challenges, new successes – and new lives transformed forever.

I encourage you to at least click open Mercy Ships link https://www.mercyships.org/ to see what they are all about.  It really is quite an incredibly unique organization that is totally not for profit, which is such a wonderful thing in this corporate age we find ourselves in.  Even if you are unable to donate, just knowing there is something out there like Mercy Ship will make your day that much better!

 

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The MS150 fundraising ride for 2016 has come to an end. This year we were faced with more rain and an eventual cancellation of Day 2. Once again the MS organization reacted quickly and they were able to ensure that the riders had a safe well organized ride.

The riders began their ride at the Houston and Waller locations and road to the finish line in La Grange. The weather was perfect on Saturday morning and conditions continued to favor riders with temperatures ranging in the mid to upper 70s and a tail wind to aid in their effort. Atlantica had 12 riders this year and all 12 riders crossed the finish line!

This year Team Atlantica was able to stay at a peaceful ranch in La Grange. This included enjoying the relaxing outdoors, comradery and the roasting of a 30 pound pig!

Thanks to Team Atlantica and their Sponsors we were gladly able to raise over $9,000 in contributions for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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For the second year in a row Atlantica participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring food drive through the Houston Food bank. With the goal to surpass last year’s food donation, the team was able to contribute $160.00 in monetary donations and 261 pounds of food to help our community in need. We are hopeful our contribution makes an impact in the fight against hunger and are determined to reach an even higher goal next year! As a team we can unite to help others in need.

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Team Atlantica is excited to announce the partnership with the Houston Fire Department in gathering Toys for Tots this holiday season. Our goal was to provide an underprivileged child with a it of holiday cheer that otherwise may be absent from their lives. Atlantica was able to gather an abundance of various toys for tots which were delivered to Houston Fire Station #2 for distribution before Christmas. As a team we believe; it is better to give than to receive!

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On November 6, 2015 Atlantica lent a helping hand at the Houston Food Bank by volunteering 54 hours. Creating a total of 3,240 meals as a group by helping sort, process and pack food. It was an amazing event to be part of and to be able to help those in need by serving our community. By volunteering, a greater understanding was obtained of what the Houston Food Bank does to fight against hunger as well as the positive impact that volunteerism has in our city. Atlantica is proud to be a part of the Houston Food Bank honorable effort against hunger.

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In honor of Women’s Equality Day on August 26, 2015, the ladies of Team Atlantica gathered a variety of professional attire to be donated to Dress for Success via Uber. The gently used professional attire ranged from suits to handbags and with the help of the designated Uber driver, the items were successfully delivered to the Dress for Success Houston location. All of the ladies who were able to contribute felt that helping other ladies be able to strive in the workforce was extremely empowering.

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On July 2, 2015, the Atlantica Management, “Team” gathered at St. Arnold Brewery for a teambuilding day full of outstanding participation and interaction. The overall experience was not only impactful but also productive as many set expectations were met. Breakout groups provided individuals an opportunity to get to know each other on a more personal level than the office setting, which in turn strengthened relationships. After a healthy lunch, further breakout groups were assigned and Team Members assembled seven children’s bikes in groups with some healthy competitive spirit and then raced them in style while others cheered the riders along. Team Members were able to contribute their greatest strengths, all while working together to accomplish an end goal. The bikes were donated to The Boys and Girls Club of Houston to be gifted to deserving kids in the surrounding area. The day closed with an activity involving Atlantica’s nine values and beliefs, followed by individuals’ feedback on what they believe The Company stands for. The days end result – an even stronger Team Atlantica! The attached photos illustrate the productive and enjoyable day shared by all.

On May 26, 2015 Houstonians woke up to their beloved city drowned in multiple inches of water from the recent floods that hit the state of Texas. As the community asked for support to those in need, Team Atlantica immediately gathered items that would help those who had lost nearly everything. The donations of cleaning products, diapers, water bottles, gift cards and beyond illustrated Atlantica’s compassion and solidarity to our neighbors, friends, and family effected by the flood. The special events committee coordinated the donation drive with a community team leader which was very well received:

“I am writing to express my deepest thanks for your recent donations to help the flood victims. Generous gifts from donors like you and your colleagues have really helped so many families. Your commitment to helping families that have been flooded in our community is sincerely appreciated. I am so touched by everybody’s generosity. I have dropped off cleaning items and gift cards to several families that have been brought to tears by the way the community has rallied around them and helped them in this difficult time. I cannot thank you enough for everything that y’all did. I am continuing to hand out cleaning supplies and I have passed the wipes and blankets to someone working with families of small children that have been affected by the flood. Thank you and Team Atlantica again for your generous support.

Best Wishes,

Alissa C Frenzel

Chair of Household Items”

Atlantica was proud to team up and commit to helping Houstonians effected by the flood. The organization looks forward to giving back to the community as the opportunity arises under any circumstance.

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The MS150 is now over and this year we had the added logistical challenge when Day 1 of the ride was suddenly cancelled due to severe weather and washed out the fairgrounds at La Grange. There had been a considerable amount of planning for this event and the last minute cancellation (Friday afternoon) by the MS150 administration provided an unwelcome challenge to the plans which were well in place by that point.

Needless to say the planning committee rose to the challenge with alternate plans and preparations to meet the needs of the team.

For the riders, it was a demanding Sunday with afternoon temperatures in excess of 90°F / 32.2°C and of course, a persistent wind in the wrong direction. Atlantica had over twenty riders on the team, five of which were “first time riders” and all of them, despite less than ideal conditions, crossed the finish line completing the event.

Team Atlantica surpassed their previous fundraising efforts and has raised almost $20,000 at this point for the MS Society.

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[1-February-2015] Atlantica participated in the first ever Souper Bowl of Caring food drive. This is a national event dedicated to tackling hunger in our area. Houston boasts the largest food bank in the country that specializes in assisting the working-poor. Every single person that receives assistance from the Houston Food Bank is employed but unfortunately cannot afford to feed themselves or families. In 2 weeks-time, we were able to contribute $870.00 in monetary donations and 235 pounds of food to help our community.

We had the privilege of touring the facility while we dropped off the donations. It was extremely inspiring to know that all donations, no matter how small, can make an impact in someone’s life.

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Bluebonnet season in Texas lasts from April to early summer. It makes for a gorgeous backdrop when cycling from Houston to Austin. However the riders featured above are not cycling just for recreation or to look at bluebonnets, they are on their bikes riding 150 miles over the course of 2 days to raise funds to eradicate multiple sclerosis. MS is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord). It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder, which means the immune system incorrectly attacks the person’s healthy tissue.

Since the inception of our company, formerly BassDrill, we have been an active participant in the BP MS150. This year was, by far, the company’s most successful fundraising effort. Team Atlantica raised a total of $18,663.00, which doubled our total from 2013’s donations. Atlantica’s goal is to increase both our ridership and our donation total for 2015 and beyond!

Together, this great company can help fight MS! Kudos to the riders and volunteers who made this great accomplishment happen! GO TEAM ATLANTICA!

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