IC System has grown a reputation as one of the nation’s leading accounts receivable companies, famed for their dedication to innovation that ensures they remain at the cutting edge of their industry. Founded in 1938 by Ruth and Jack Erickson, the St. Paul, Minnesota-based firm has seen three generations of ownership within the Erickson family, and has throughout their eighty-year existence maintained a dedication to honesty and ethical behavior.
IC System has also placed great emphasis on contributing charitably to the well being of the St. Paul and wider Minnesotan community. This effort, in 1981, resulted in the creation of an in-house charitable organization devoted to channeling the company’s philanthropic mindset into action. This institution, known as the Employee Charitable Help Organization, or ECHO, is made up of volunteers employed at IC System who organize and execute community activities and charity events. In 2016, ECHO was recorded to have raised $32,000 for charity, while volunteers logged more than 500 hours of community service, through initiatives such as food drives, sporting events and food pantry volunteering.
Much of ECHO’s event organizing is centered around food drives, which have proven to be one of the more popular volunteer opportunities for the organization’s members and a staple of ECHO’s yearly schedule. Previous food drives have been organized in association with organizations such as the the Hunger Task Force of La Crosse, Emergency Food Shelf in Minnesota, Gillette Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House.
The company also holds blood drives at which ECHO volunteers can donate blood aboard a mobile blood drawing station operated by the American Red Cross. These events historically have high numbers of volunteers, with 2016 seeing over fifty pints of blood, capable of saving more than 150 lives, donated by ECHO volunteers.
A particular popular drive among ECHO volunteers is the annual Fall Fundraiser, which sees initiatives such as Blankets and Quilts for Kindness gain high numbers of volunteers and donations. In 2016, the drive saw donations of $1,400 and 77 blankets to the local children’s hospital from ECHO volunteers.