The Power of Action


Actions still speak louder than words. And at Aeris, our employees connect with mighty action.

Check out how Aeris personnel give back to the community. The following employees highlight just some of our contributions.


“Rise with one hand extended. Give others the help you wish you had.”

‒ Marc Jones, CEO, Chairman, Aeris


Cheryle Custer

“I’m a mentor with YearUp, helping youth who are in their internship phase be successful in their work. YearUp is a nationwide organization that is dedicated to help bridge the “Opportunity Gap” for youth aged 18-24. YearUp’s mission is to empower low-income young adults to go from poverty to professional careers in a single year. YearUp accomplishes this mission by providing a paid year-long training program to teach business communications skills, teach technical skills, secure internships, and provide mentors to disadvantaged youth. Through this program, participants gain the skills, confidence, and contacts to gain employment in various fields, such as Cybersecurity, Project Management, and IT Support (among others). And, in fact, there is a 95% placement rate in high paying jobs at the completion of the program. YearUp operates in 16 metropolitan areas across the U.S.

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Bridget Balsam

“I was an academic tutor, social media coordinator, and mentor at Elevate New Orleans, whose mission is to elevate the life skills and abilities of inner-city student athletes through athletic, academic, and social development. Elevate aims to close the achievement gap by ensuring inner-city youth have access to highly effective afterschool and summer development programs. Some of these include seminars on time management, financial literacy, healthy eating habits, and the college application process. Elevate New Orleans has seen a 100% success rate sending student-athletes to college on partial or full scholarships. Check out what Elevate New Orleans is up to now: Red Nose Day: Where the Good Goes – Elevate New Orleans.

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Kevin Petschow

“I volunteer for the Off the Street Club, the oldest boys and girls club in Chicago serving one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the country, West Garfield Park. I have been involved with the club since 1997 and give of my time and monies to numerous activities designed to keep children safe and sound. In fact, I am supporting their ninth annual Firefly Ball taking place on Friday, July 21 at the Art Institute of Chicago.”