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.
The pandemic has made everyone’s lives so difficult, and most people aren’t aware of all the ways it trickles down. Here in Sioux City, we have a psychiatric medical institution for children, and because of the pandemic, they were unable to spend the holidays at home. For many of these children, going home for holidays is the only normalcy they experience and look forward to. To help fill their days while they’re at the facility, I purchased many different kinds of games and crafts deemed safe and appropriate for them by the staff. Unfortunately, there are no volunteering opportunities available due to the isolation, so I helped in the way I could.
Besides my normal church work and posting a daily encouraging scripture on Facebook every morning, I have also been sending my department a “bookmark of the day” at least once each week. It consists of an encouraging phrase to get us through these times—and sometimes it is funny, too! I am also painting free angel paintings for those who lost a loved one or an animal.
I wrote a children’s book called The Rusty Red Semi, which tells the life story of a semi from the moment it rolls off the line to when it becomes old and rusty, unable to make it up the last mountain to deliver toys for the kids of the village. The semi meets all types of other big rig trucks, including a rusty dump truck that comes to its aid. The book shows what happens when one does a good deed. I hope eventually to get it published, primarily so we can give books to our agents, truckers, and our employees’ children at the holidays.
I do community service with my local sorority chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. At the beginning of the school year, we donated 100 COVID kits to the Hannah House; Kroger gift cards, coats, bras, household items, and diapers to the Middleway House; and bought lunch for the nurses in the NICU unit at Bloomington Hospital as a part of our annual activities for the March of Dimes.
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This blog post was created by Megan L., Great West Casualty Company HR Communications Specialist.
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