In celebration of Earth Day, teams from RPM offices in Washington and Oregon partnered with local charities to protect the planet and give back to the community. Team efforts were guided by the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle mantra, focusing on waste reduction and protection of natural resources. From this earth-friendly platform, the teams extended their outreach to benefit local community members in need.
Giving back in Washington
Our RPM offices in Seattle and Bellevue teamed up for a week of collecting clothing to benefit the Northwest Center’s The Big Blue Closet Clean Out! Through the event, the Northwest Center turns donations from overstuffed closets into services for people with disabilities in the community. According to Andrea Rewitz-Mizer of RPM’s Seattle-Westlake office, the team’s commitment to community service remains strong. “Our team believes in giving back and paying it forward and has always been very good at participating when and where we can. We try to rotate between donation drives and volunteer hours for community service. By changing up the type of community involvement it allows us to get more people involved,” she said.
Giving Back in Oregon
At the same time, the RPM Lake Oswego office collected clothing to contribute to the Portland Police Bureau’s Sunshine Division. The organization provides food and clothing assistance to distressed members of the community, especially victims of domestic crime, fire or disaster, and those struggling after job loss or illness. Donations also help to fund school clothes shopping for low income children through a program that pairs a Portland Police Officer with a child for a unique shopping experience.
Core Values: Community Focus
The results of the team’s efforts speak volumes of their commitment to RPM’s core value of Community Focus. A total of 1,609 items of clothing were donated, which is an average contribution of about 70 items from each team member.
Jeanette Wuebel of RPM’s Bellevue office described what the event meant to her. “I am very proud to be surrounded by such generous hearts. As we go day to day about our lives, we don’t always stop to think about those that go without. When participating in activities such as this clothing drive, it forces one to stop and really take notice of what we have – the excess we accumulate as we navigate our busy lives. It’s a humbling experience for all involved, including our families, to really look at what we have and make the conscious decision to give.”
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