So many of our charity workshops benefit kids. Grainger chose one that benefits our elder population. With much-needed wheelchairs, they made a difference in a community that’s often forgotten.
A small group of Grainger employees who work in the sales department got together this August to give back to the community in Newport, Rhode Island, where they’re located.
Grainger, Great Group, Great Location
A third of this group were new and the WheelCharity in the impressive Viking Hotel in beautiful Newport, Rhode Island was a perfect
choice to encourage interaction, friendship and teamwork.
A bunch of salespeople coming off of meeting and then lunch can make for a subdued crowd, but not these people. There was immediate laughter and strong participation. Each activity saw them fully engaged and willing to step outside of comfort zones just enough to make the team building a success.
As the event progressed, you could see teams draw closer together to accomplish tasks and share creativity. The competitive spirit built too as teams wanted to outdo and outpace the others.
St. Clares of Newport Receives 3 Brand-New Wheelchairs
In the end, St Clares of Newport received three brand new wheelchairs to serve their retired and veteran residents under their care. Of course, the building of the wheelchairs was merely the capstone event after a full round of icebreakers, interactive activities, and collaborative exercises meant to spur creativity and improve communication.
After all the icebreakers, and then our famous “Commercials” activity where teams compete to produce and perform the best TV commercials for a fictional product, it was time to take a break.
Then it was on to “Personal Scavenger Hunt”, another favorite among our customers, according to feedback we’ve received in the past. Then and only then was it time for the actual “Wheel Chair Build”.
But it wasn’t over yet! After the wheelchairs get built, our jobs aren’t over with. The chairs have to be tested, so it was onto some timed races. Participants got to experience what it’s like to navigate from a wheelchair.
St. Clare-Newport Arrives for a Presentation
The two women representing St. Clare-Newport even brought pictures to help the Grainger group get to know the people who would benefit from their generous wheelchair donation that day.
It’s nice to see that every part of the community can be served through our charity workshops- Grainger certainly made an impact that day this past August, helping the elder community with the much-needed wheelchairs they’d built.