Hermanson’s Tenant Improvement Group (TIG) does a lot of work within the City of Seattle.
You could throw a stone and be guaranteed to hit a Hermanson project! With the City’s recent economic boom, we have been very fortunate to grow our workforce and presence as a company along with it. Seattle is a city full of opportunity and advancement but also has a large population of less fortunate individuals. Hermanson’s core values center around earning trust, building relationships, and creating a sense of community: we pick each other up! So why not apply those same principles to the community that has helped us grow?
This is why we chose to volunteer our time and resources with the Seattle Union Gospel Mission. The UGM is a men’s homeless shelter that provides housing, basic needs and rehabilitation, and teaches transitional skills to help introduce those individuals back into society. Spearheaded by Andrea Smith and supported by Tyler Rogers, Hermanson’s TIG team registered for the lunchtime Bring A Meal (BAM) program for April 4th. The Hermanson team participated in every stage of the event - from purchasing and loading up a truck with enough food to feed 400 people, to delivering and prepping the meal, cooking, serving lunch, and cleaning up. It was hard work and took a lot of people, but the looks of happiness and gratitude on the faces of those we served made it all well worthwhile! It was an outstanding event for an exceptional organization.
Thank you to everyone who participated:
And a huge thank you to the Seattle Union Gospel Mission for being welcoming and accommodating. This is the start of a continuing effort to give back to the community that has given so much to us.
To embrace the spirit of giving, every year Hermanson Company organizes a charitable drive to benefit a local nonprofit during the holiday season.
This year, employees purchased winter coats to donate to local foster youth through the Treehouse organization.
Collection bins were placed in both Hermanson office locations in Kent and donations were collected throughout November and the beginning of December. On December 13th, Hermanson delivered over $5,000 worth of warm winter jackets and donations to the “Treehouse Wearhouse” in Seattle.
Treehouse provides Washington youth in foster care with academic and other essential support they need to graduate from school and pursue their dreams. Their goal is to have foster youth in King County graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers with a plan for their future. To learn more about this organization or to make a donation, please visit http://www.treehouseforkids.org/.
This December, Hermanson’s Critical Environments Group (CEG) decided to approach their quarterly team building event a little differently.
With the idea of giving back to the community, they decided to merge their competitive natures with the giving spirit of the holidays and hold the first annual CEG Charity Bike Build. The idea was simple - organize a race to see who could build a bike the fastest and donate the completed bikes to local kids.
Six children’s bike kits were purchased, and everyone gathered in the Hermanson Collaboration Room with tools in-hand to see who could assemble the bikes the quickest. With Krista Powers conducting Quality Control checks, the CEG team broke into two groups and assembled three bikes each. The winning team, comprised of Paul Robinett, Eric van der Veen, Dan Lykken, Aprecious Williams, and Christine Sandhop, assembled their bikes in just under 48 minutes. After all the bikes were completely assembled and quality checked, they were donated to the Kent Toys-for-Tots warehouse.
The event was such a hit that it was decided to make it an annual occurrence. And next year, there will be even more bikes!