The tagline on our logo and one of our core values; service is a prominent part of our everyday lives, both at work and in the community. Great West and its employees have a tradition of giving back, and although there is a current pandemic, we continue to find unique ways to better the communities in which we live and work. Here are their stories.
When the pandemic started, I hit the ground running. After work and on the weekends, I sat and made masks. I have made more than 700 to date. About 600 of these were donated to frontline workers in assisted living centers, nursing homes, sheriffs’ departments, police departments, doctors’ offices, hospitals, and therapy departments. Once the word got out, I shipped masks across the United States: to Florida, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Illinois, to name a few states. Friends and family jumped on the bandwagon and offered monetary donations to help keep the machines rolling. I continue to make masks and either donate to essential workers or sell them for less than cost.
I have been blessed with the ability and talent to sew. It allows me to help those in frontline jobs and also those in need of protection. I am thankful for all of the support I have received from those who allowed me to continue to create masks by supplying materials or money to purchase the supplies. Plus, I cannot forget those who helped distribute the masks to others in need.
There are thousands of people experiencing homelessness in Boise on any given day. A couple of times a year, typically in summer and winter, I like to make care packages and have them ready in my vehicle to hand out. The care packages usually include non-perishable foods, toiletries, clothes, and a gift card for a warm meal. It is a small but well-received gesture.
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This blog post was created by Megan L., Great West Casualty Company HR Communications Specialist.
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