Friday, March 23rd, 2018
It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day hustle and bustle of work and life. But it’s important to take a step back, even if it’s for a moment, and return some of the blessings we’ve been given.
That’s how Inspector Jiovanni Valentino recently spent some of his day when he joined several other Ohio Basement Authority teammates in a volunteer effort.
“One of the reasons I brought myself to the company was because I saw on the website how we help in the community,” he said. “That was a big deal for me coming on board. I didn’t even know what this volunteer effort was going to be, but when I was asked about it I said ‘I’m in!’”
Eight of our employees took to the streets on March 16 to distribute donation bags throughout a few Gahanna neighborhoods on behalf of Gahanna Residents in Need (GRIN). GRIN is a non-profit faith-based organization serving the Gahanna community by helping provide essential food, clothing and other assistance to those in need.
Ohio Basement Authority Cultural Ambassador Layne Schoener and External Marketing Coordinator Jacalyn Brown helped organize our company’s involvement in the effort that benefits the area where our company was born.
“We also have a large pool of employees from Gahanna,” Layne said. “GRIN does this throughout the year, and in March (for our quarterly give-back) we wanted to reach out to Gahanna. We went to 600 homes in three communities and dropped off bags to be filled with items needed. Another group will be picking up those bags this weekend, and I’m excited to see the supplies they get back!”
“It felt good being a part of that step,” added Graphic Design Specialist Tori Kohl.
Along with Jiovanni, this is Tori’s first experience with volunteering with the company.
“We have busy schedules, but I’m glad I’m in a workplace that encourages getting out and volunteering,” she said.
“Some of us spend 40 to 60 hours working each week,” Layne added. “Why not take some hours to give back and do some good in the community?”
Along with providing a helping hand, this was a bonding experience for our interdepartmental volunteer group.
“I don’t get to hang out with people like Tori much, and it was fun being able to interact with people in other gears and departments,” Jiovanni said. “I volunteer outside of work – dressing up for kids at Children’s Hospital – and now I can volunteer inside of work. It was a good experience and I’d do it again.”