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!
This year, Hermanson was pleased to provide table centerpieces for WWT’s annual “Dream Big Dinner” awards banquet and celebration of Women in the Trades.
Vanessa Carman, chair of the Local 66 Women’s Committee and Hermanson’s Trimble Operator, designed sheet metal tool box centerpieces and invited members of both the Local 66 Sheet Metal Workers Women’s Committee and the Women of Hermanson (WOH) to assemble the centerpieces. The ladies joined Vanessa in the Hermanson shop and got to work! The results were beautiful!
Congratulations to everybody involved with the Dream Big Dinner!