Lately a common topic in business news has been centered on companies trying to implement a culture of giving back. Each business is run a little bit differently from the next. But company culture is created when the vision from the executives is implemented by the employees.
At Academy, the vision is clear. Kim Wolcott District Manager in the Tacoma area, said, “I believe our mission statement clearly defines our culture: inspiring hope, delivering dreams, and building prosperity in the communities we serve.”
Wolcott and the two branches in the Tacoma area decided to get involved with Habitat for Humanity. Wolcott said, “This is a true example of making our mission statement happen: Hope for those families that would not be able to afford a home but can with our help. Dreams for sitting in a home of their own that they can be proud of. Prosperity for building equity in their home for future homes to come.”
Ricky Gilbert, a recent addition to the Academy team, said, “Academy rocks! The turnout for this event was very strong. Upon our arrival it was clear to the Habitat for Humanity staff that we had enough participants to handle two different projects at two different Habitat for Humanity development sites at the same time. We had Branch Managers, processors, closers, and admin people representing every branch managed by Kim Wolcott, including Dave Schile, our Regional Manager.”
The teams came together to achieve their goal of constructing great houses for deserving families. Gilbert said, “That house will never fall down! Many blisters were formed, but it was so rewarding in a way I didn’t expect, to see your counterparts from all positions and levels of responsibilities put that all aside for the good of a family we may never meet.”
Projects like these create a sense of unity for all of those involved. Gilbert said, “I gained more respect than I already had for those on our team. They all carried that focus and diligence of our regular jobs over to the task at hand. No one looked for a short cut, no one left something to be done by others, and no one seemed inconvenienced.”
When asked about her experience, Wolcott said, “This was not easy with so much going on at work. But we came together as a group and felt like we were part of changing a family’s life. Working together on a project like this really brings you closer.”
Getting out of the office and focusing on giving back to the community helps to create the company culture that the mission statement sets out to accomplish. Gilbert said, “It gives our company heart. Laughing, joking, watching people who weren’t always comfortable with construction, yet head down and doing their best. When you are swinging a hammer for a common goal, no one is more important and no one is above another. We are all just one team.”