Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Hays Companies is putting this thought into action through our hard work and support of Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable shelter, eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide. For the past five years, the Hays Volunteer Team has built safe shelters for families in need and worked in partnership with other businesses on the Entrepreneurs House. Mik Gusenius, Chair of the Entrepreneurs House Committee shared, “Since Hays has become a part of the program, the House has had its best fundraising years, raising more than $500,000 and contributing more than 2,000 volunteer build days. Hays has been an integral part of the continued growth.”
During the all-day build, Hays volunteers guided by experts, landscaped, framed pre-assembled walls, shingled roofs and installed flooring. At the end, when the houses were completed, volunteers had the opportunity to greet the future homeowners.
Hays Director of Claims Management, Robert Rangel said, “It was an inspiring day and a great way to bond with coworkers and learn new skills.”
At Hays we know that a strong, vibrant community doesn’t just happen. CEO, Jim Hays stated it simply: “We believe at Hays that it’s absolutely necessary to give back to the communities in which we live. We encourage employees to find projects and organizations that they care about and we support participation at all levels. Our community initiatives give our employees great purpose which helps build a positive culture.”
On January 28th, Habitat for Humanity held the dedication ceremony for the 2013 Entrepreneurs House. We are honored to be a part of this organization.