Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver hosted two days of charity and cheer as employees of National Business Media, THE SHOP’s parent company, spent Thursday, April 6, and Friday, April 7, giving back to the local non-profit.
Every year, individual employees can donate through their paychecks or to a money jar at the front desk. The company then matches those funds and a charity is chosen by a drawing. This year, however, the company was able to take it a step further.
After the annual company-wide meeting in November, when CEO Bob Wieber asked employees what they’d like to see happen in 2017, plans for the community service day began to take shape.
Wendy Miles, RV PRO magazine sales specialist, explained that the non-profit makes volunteering easy by qualifying and connecting those in need with those who can help. They also secure the equipment and materials and provide on-site training to volunteers.
With 29 volunteers signed up, three teams were divided over two days and two Habitat work sites in the Denver Metro Area. NBM employees arrived at their respective sites bright and early to spend the day building and repairing Habitat homes.
Employees relished in the opportunity to give back while also getting to know coworkers from different departments throughout National Business Media. “I talk with coworkers every day via email, but it’s nice to spend real time with people you don’t normally interact with,” said Alexandria Arroyo, digital content editor for Printwear magazine.
Habitat employees were also grateful for the extra hand. “The NBM (volunteers) were great,” Habitat’s Jose Elizondo told A&E magazine. As construction supervisor, Elizondo is responsible for ensuring the houses are built to code and that the volunteers have a good experience. “The day was a lot of fun. We always appreciate the help.”
Eddie Wieber, THE SHOP’s managing editor, said, “It’s one of those things that one person can’t do alone, but it’s amazing to see what a group effort can get done. Not many things we do can equal the impact that reducing homelessness has on the community and it’s an honor to help.”
Giving back to the community as companies, organizations and individuals is important to the NBM legacy, Miles added. “Sure, it’s usually easy to help people we know and love, but we should also be helping those who may never know it was us who helped them and may never get the opportunity to say thank you.”
Following the success of the company’s volunteer efforts, NBM hopes to give back to Habitat of the Flatirons near its Broomfield, Colorado headquarters.
Bob Wieber said, “It’s another great example of the unselfishness of our NBMers willing to give time and energy outside of our regular day-to-day responsibilities.”