Nu Skin employees gathered today to give back to the community on the 30th anniversary of Nu Skin Enterprises.
With music filling the south lawn of the Nu Skin Innovation center, hundreds of employees and their families worked to fill educational kits for 30 Title I schools in Utah county. Teaming up with the United Way of Utah County, employees assembled 10,000 kits and 630 learning kits, using more than 130,000 supplies and 3,000 books collected from a corporate book drive.
In an effort to “beautify the place Nu Skin calls home” festivities also included a plan to clean 13 blocks of Center Street in Provo.
As part of the celebration, employees heard from co-founders Sandie Tillotson and Steve Lund and Nu Skin President Truman Hunt.
Lund thanked the employees and discussed the millions of people affected by the efforts of Nu Skin. “You are truly changing the world,” he said.
Since 1998, the Provo-based company has successfully supported projects around the world to help improve the lives of children through the Force for Good Foundation. Projects include life-saving surgeries to 7,000 children, 310 scholarships granted to Malawi children and an agricultural school built in Malawi.
Lance Leslie, IT director at Nu Skin, has been with the company for 24 years. He was proud to be part of the celebration and said the work represented the awesome spirit of the company. “The best part about Nu Skin is being part of a global culture,” he said.
Nu Skin distributes nutritious bags of food called Vitameal to nourish children around the globe, through charitable organizations. In March of 2014, Nu Skin announced Vitameal donations surpassed 350,000 meals.
Employees were selected to put items into a time capsule that will be buried on site at Nu Skin headquarters. Among other things, the time capsule was filled with the most popular items from the Nu Skin product line and notes from employees who were encouraged to write wishes or dreams about the next 30 years.
To conclude the anniversary program, UVU President Matthew Holland accepted a check for $30,000 for a scholarship. The scholarship will be given “to a student in need.”
Holland thanked Nu Skin on behalf of UVU, what he called a college of second chances, where students can come to get an education regardless of their circumstance.
According to Lund, UVU drives the local economy, because roughly 80 percent of graduates remain in Utah Valley.
Hunt compared the The Force for Good campaign to a three-legged stool. “It’s all about education, health and economic opportunity,” he said. “Today our focus is on education.”
Hunt concluded by expressing thanks to the group genius of the company and to all the individuals who have made it what it is 30 years later. “Nu Skin was started by people with ideas, who got a ball together and started pushing it up the hill,” he said. “Our business isn’t about operating a cash register but about problem solving.”