Over the past few months, teams of Gartner associates from Research, Events, ExP, BITL, Legal, Compliance, Finance, Corporate Communications, STG and HR in Stamford and Trumbull have been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County. Habitat of Humanity enables home ownership opportunities for low-income families, operating on the premise that a safe, decent home dramatically improves the health, education, financial security, social and emotional well-being of every family member.
Nearly 150 associates volunteered in total, working on nearly 20 building projects, or Build Days, from April to June. Rain or shine, humid or chilly, these volunteers headed out to their respective build sites for a day of hard labor to support their community.
“Although we had a small team of five, we had great team work and enthusiasm, especially after reading the story behind the family who will eventually occupy the property,” commented Shanna White, Tax Associate. “It made us feel like an army of 300.”
“Every good deed for “Humanity” makes it less “taxing” knowing that our deeds have created a smile,” added Mike Gagliano, Tax Manager.
Volunteers worked together, tackling everything from sanding, scraping, painting, stacking, raising exterior walls and roofing to framing out stairs to help build and renovate homes for families in need. One team even built a scaffolding, and another nailed in cross-bridging to support the first floor of a house. They scaled ladders, climbed scaffolding, installed siding, carried walls and windows, sported nail guns, measured drywall, sawed plywood and more. Everyone ended their day exhausted, satisfied and knowing a little more about home improvement.
“This is my third year volunteering and I’ve enjoyed it very much each time,” shared Eileen Ebrech, Director, Event Production. “It’s a great cause, it feels good to give back and it’s a great team-building activity.”
“This was a great way to get to know my colleagues outside of the work context,” remarked Kirt Weiss, Software Developer. “People are a little more relaxed and everyone has a lot of fun. Not everyone in the Habitat groups were members of my immediate team so it was nice to meet other STG associates. All in all, it was a great team bonding experience. ”
“This is one of our favorite team-building exercises, and we look forward to participating every year,” said Karin Riley, VP, BITL Invest & Newsletter/Reprints.
“This was a great opportunity to get out there in the community and get involved with such a great cause and really feel like you’re doing something,” commented Sarah Kaiser, Social Media Specialist. “The hands-on experience makes it really fulfilling and it was awesome to do it with my team.”
“Habitat is always a fun day,” said Peter Genovese, Director, ExP Operations. “It’s a great way to give back to the community and team build at the same time.”
“It’s a win-win,” explained Alex Geroev, Senior Director, Master Data Management, Financial Operations. “We help a family in need reach their dream by way of a much-needed home while learning more about the community-building efforts of Habitat for Humanity, and gaining home improvement skills in the process. It’s a great experience that you will cherish and a terrific team-building opportunity.”
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