Friday, May 24th, 2019 by Holly Richards-Purpura
What was the payment Zeke Fowler earned from a day off to volunteer his time in the community? A spontaneous hug.
“That makes it all worth it,” he said.
Zeke and several other Ohio Basement Authority teammates recently spent a day volunteering by helping with activities during a dance party hosted by Goodwill Columbus. Goodwill helps people with various disabilities, and this event serves as a way to get their clients active, up and moving, and interacting with new people. The day included dance bingo, musical dots, Zumba, and a parade, as well as a chance to leave a lasting impact.
“With the dance party, they got to exercise without even knowing it,” Zeke said. “The organizers said they never saw their clients as charismatic or outgoing before, all because we were there. A previous group that volunteered was embarrassed to dance, but our team didn’t have those reservations. We had a great group of people ready to get involved.”
Zeke spent a lot of time with an 85-year-old man named Lyle. While he didn’t dance, Lyle surprised organizers by moving his arms around to the music and joining in with musical dots because of Zeke’s kindness and encouragement.
“They’re just regular people who have different challenges,” Zeke said. “It was good to see those smiles and have quality conversations and joking.”
The benefits from our involvement can be felt twofold.
“It was a great team-building event that brought people from our different company gears together so we could interact with each other for a carefree day and help the community,” Tori Kohl said. “It made a difference. They really appreciated us being there to help out and make the participants comfortable.”
A special award ceremony was hosted at St. Charles Preparatory School to honor leading small, mid-size and large Columbus workplaces. The honorees are determined by employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey. The anonymous survey measures several workplace culture aspects including alignment, execution and connection.
Tori took charge of the survey process within our company this year, and she was able to see the fruits of her labor by attending the ceremony.
“Coordinating that was a new challenge for me, but we got a 62% response rate,” she said. “It also made me feel like my job had purpose. Then actually getting the award was great to be a part of. We are more well-known, and it helps to have this highly sought after award. It shines through that we are who we are for a reason.”
This year, Ohio Basement Authority took home the No. 4 mid-size Top Workplace award. That is a significant jump from when we first received the award two years ago as No. 12 in the small workplace division.
Whether we are lending a helping hand by volunteering or being recognized at special events, we are excited to be out and about in the community! The next time you see one of our trucks or our teammates, don’t be shy! Stop by and say hello!