Building More Than Morale: Our Volunteer Day at Habitat for Humanity

June 22, 2017

At Barokas Communications, each team member brings a passion for bettering the places we are lucky to call home. So, in the spirit of giving a shit – about our clients, each other, and improving our communities – the Denver team spent last Friday volunteering at Habitat for Humanity. What better way to show our passion for our city than by taking the day to help build a home for a family in need? Despite the early Friday morning wake-up call and mid-90s temperature, I’m proud of our team for kicking it into high gear and proving that a little teamwork can go a long way when it comes to giving back to our community.

It’s not every day that you get to see your co-workers handle power tools and everyone, including those that you may not expect, got super into it! Geared up in our hard hats and safety goggles, we spent the day doing it all – from hammering, gluing, and heaving lifting, to building the floor of the home’s second story and of course, taking the occasional break to rest in the shade. But, one of the best parts was seeing the progress we were able to make in one day by working together.

Not only was volunteering a great team-bonding activity, but through partnering with Habitat for Humanity we were able to directly be a part of improving our community. As the tech community is flourishing in Denver, it comes as no a surprise that finding affordable, quality housing is challenging for many families. The location that we helped build a house in will ultimately provide more than 65 adults and children with stable and affordable housing in Denver.

It was awesome to see everyone step out of their comfort zone and embrace the blood, sweat, and (very few) tears. I think it’s safe to say I’m not the only one who left the day feeling rewarded and proud. Here’s what some of our other team members have to say:

“Having the opportunity to help build a house that a family will soon call home was fulfilling to me personally, and it’s always a good team-building activity to do with co-workers. It may be hard to find the time, but I’d recommend making time as a company, or by yourself, to go out and volunteer in the community.” – Jake Kasowski

“Going into our Habitat for Humanity volunteer day, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. What I got out of it was an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and warmth knowing that we were helping a family achieve something that may have been out of their grasp. Knowing that made it easy to get excited about helping build this home.” -Cait Shaughnessy

“It is powerful to see the results a group of under 20 people can create in one day of work. With barely any experience under our belts, we all smiled and laughed as we worked hard to build the second story of a Habitat for Humanity house. And, I must admit, we did a damn good job! We moved the needle to complete the house and we all did it together. Proud to be a member of the BPR family – a company that gives a shit about the community.” – Julia Milzer

I want to end by giving a big shout out to our Volunteer Program organizer in Denver, Julia, for setting the whole thing! And thank you to Barokas Communications for valuing the importance of giving back to our communities. The day was more than we could have asked for – excited for the next one!



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