Employees in the Reno office—warehouse and customer service representatives alike—spent several days throughout the month of May giving back to our community. Each week, we celebrated a different aspect of our core values, including “generosity,” “respect,” and “teamwork.” Below are blurbs that provide a closer look into what the Reno staff has been up to.
At the beginning of May, a handful of employees spent a Saturday morning at a foundation that specializes in helping and working with families affected by neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism. It is called JUSTin Hope, named after the founders’ son. They cleaned up the facility’s play area by scrubbing the foam flooring and sanitizing the toys. One of our task team members, Sarah N., provided some thoughts on this volunteering event. “I thought this was a chance to not only give back my time to the community, but also to get to know my co-workers outside of the work setting,” she said. “I know that I wanted to give my time to help organizations like JUSTin Hope, and SupplyHouse.com provides those opportunities. Seeing other people sign up and volunteer their time hopefully motivates others to do the same.”
It must have inspired others, as one of our warehouse colleagues, Ross C., said his older brother arranges a local cemetery clean-up every Memorial Day weekend. He provided a sign-up sheet for our office to participate. Those not spending the three-day weekend at Lake Tahoe or Pyramid Lake were able to lend a hand.
A week later, we ended the spring season right thanks to our other HR coordinator, Katie W., who set up another giving back opportunity. We went to Step2, a local non-profit organization that provides a family-oriented treatment center for substance use, mental health issues, domestic violence intervention, and education to women and children. SupplyHouse.com staff members had the choice to perform various yard-work tasks around the facility or decorate one of the on-campus apartments for an incoming patient. Most of the furniture used in these temporary homes was donated by others. Besides working together to create a welcoming home environment, the staff also assisted in making the landscape surrounding the apartments and playground weed-free.
What wonderful ways to volunteer our time while staying involved with our co-workers! There are several more events planned in the near future, such as a food bank opportunity in August. At this event, we’ll be sorting and packing donated food items for low-income seniors in the Reno area.
If you might be looking for a sign to start volunteering in your own town, this is it! A famous quote by Anne Frank states how “no one has ever become poor by giving.” I’d embellish further in saying we always gain more when we perform community service acts or lift others up. Stay tuned for more updates about SupplyHouse.com’s community service ventures, as well as other fun happenings in both the Reno and Melville offices!
P.S. Can you believe that it’s already been over a year since we opened the Reno warehouse? Time flies when you’re having fun, assisting customers, and giving back.