SUPPORTING OUR TEAM MEMBERS’ EFFORTS TO SUPPORT OTHERS.
To encourage and reward our team members’ generosity, Hayden Homes matches the money they contribute to First Story. Together, we have contributed more than $9 million to communities throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. We also provide team members with two work days a year to volunteer for local community service programs. It is just another way Hayden Homes is committed to having the most generous team members on earth and inspiring each other to be at our best!
Hayden Homes Team Members Making a Difference
Bend & Redmond Team, Central Oregon Region
Ronald McDonald House Cooking
One of the great things about working at Hayden Homes is there are so many opportunities to volunteer and give to our communities. An ongoing opportunity for the Central Oregon team is to cook at the Bend Ronald McDonald House charities. In February, a group of four Hayden Team Members, and their families, got together and made a meal for families who need support during a time when they have a seriously ill or injured child. This was the first of many, cooking nights, for our team members with the Ronald McDonald House Charities!
Boise Team, South Idaho Region
Diaper Drive for Struggling Families
The Give as You Go spirit of generosity is alive in our South Idaho team! For the past month, they hosted a diaper drive and were able to gather nearly 1,000 diapers that will be delivered to struggling families throughout the Boise, Idaho region. In addition, the team got to gift $500 through the Grant Funds that are available for non-profits through First Story.
Hayden Team Members, Annual Company Meeting
Wheelchairs for 50 Veterans
In what was part team-building exercise and part philanthropy project, 270 Hayden team members worked together on Veterans Day to build 50 wheelchairs for Northwest veterans facing mobility challenges. Team members participated in a Build-a-Wheelchair® event, a team-building social responsibility program born out of a desire to help American veterans with mobility challenges. Small groups of Hayden Homes team members worked together to assemble, test and decorate the new wheelchairs before engaging in an obstacle course maneuverability challenge. After completion, the 50 wheelchairs were distributed to five Northwest regions in which Hayden Homes does business. Hayden Homes then partnered with local veterans outreach and advocacy groups in each region to identify 10 veterans in need.
Boise Team, South Idaho Region
Give and Get Fit
Hayden Homes is committed to living our values and “taking care of our team” by offering opportunities for team members to improve their health year-round. South Idaho team members had fun and got healthy by competing in a three-month health challenge. Dozens of team members walked, ran, biked and swam while raising over $500 for First Story.
Sean Bearden, Central Oregon Region
Running for a Cause
Sean Bearden, Hayden Homes’ Customer Service Manager combined his efforts training for the Bend Half Marathon with giving to a cause he cares about. In addition to setting a new Personal Record by 10 minutes Sean rallied his friends, family and co-workers to raise $2,422 for First Story.
Tri-Cities Team, South Washington Region
Food for Families
The Tri-Cities team regularly looks for volunteer opportunities. Team members found a fun way to combine team building with community service through a partnership with Second Harvest in Tri Cities. Second Harvest distributes over 2 million pounds of free food each month to help people in need in 26 counties in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Team members had a great experience where they toured Second Harvest’s new facility. They packaged over 6,400 lbs of onions and potatoes, which fed over 5,340 people. Team members called it a humbling and great experience.
Bend & Redmond, Central Oregon Region
Bowling for Kids
Central Oregon team members are passionate about the opportunity to give to the communities. One example is their ongoing support for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Central Oregon. BBBS is an organization that matches youth, ages six through fifteen, with staff-supported, long-term, caring adult mentors throughout Deschutes, Crook & Jefferson Counties. Each year, BBBS hosts an annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake event. In 2016, the team worked together (with a little healthy competition) to raise over $4,000 for BBBS.
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Hayden Homes team members were inspired with the rest of the world to dump buckets of ice water over their heads to raise awareness and support for ALS.
At the heart of the challenge is the true cause: raising awareness and financial support to help fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) (or Lou Gehrig’s Disease), which is a degenerative and fatal disease. Team members poured ice water over their heads and then challenged others to respond to the challenge!