Encore Gives Day Featured More than 60 Volunteers Supporting Multiple Organizations
October 6, 2021- Lakewood, Colo.– More than 60 Encore Electric employees and family members in seven locations across two states took time on September 11, 2021 to volunteer in their local communities. The event marked the fourth year for Encore Gives! Day, a day where Encore Electric employees and families volunteer in multiple locations for several causes on the same day.
This year’s volunteers:
- Cleaned rivers at the Eagle River Cleanup in Eagle County, Colorado.
- Supported cancer patients at Rally the Valley in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
- Helped raise awareness of heart health by volunteering for the American Heart Association at Denver CycleNation.
- Moved Mile High WorkShop, a Denver non-profit, to their new facility.
- Created Kynd Kits care packages for first responders in Big Sky, Montana; Fort Collins, Colorado; and Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Volunteers, who gave their own time to make a difference in the communities where they live and work, all had their own personal reasons for volunteering.
“It was great to have our group come together to give back to the community first responders,” said Bill Frye, Montana Account Manager, who inspired his team to help build Kynd Kits for First Responders. “The canyon we all travel every day to work can be very dangerous and we have seen some nasty accidents, it was nice to give back to those who help save people’s lives in those instances.”
Others just wanted to give back to communities that have given them so much.
“Doing business locally for about 30 years in Colorado and Colorado Springs makes you realize that it is great to work for a company that likes to give back,” said Michael Ferguson, Colorado Springs Account Manager. “Wendy and I wanted to be involved in our Encore Gives day and the team made it easy for us to get involved. We are really hoping the participation in the Encore Gives Day grows next year. We can influence our community in a positive way with all of the hands available to help.”
“It was great! Thank you for organizing this, and Encore for sponsoring the event,” said Tyler Pasterski, Lead Journeyman. “I love the community in the Valley and hope Encore continues to grow, give back and really become a part of what we have going on out here!”
“I like to give back,” said IT Systems Engineer Jim Andrew. “I feel that I have received more than my share, and I am willing to pay it forward.”
Jim worked with 10 others in Denver to help Mile High Workshop with their office move. Two different teams helped transport office furniture and move offices into place.
“I talk to almost everyone at Encore, but I don’t know them,” said Jim about his daily responsibilities helping to solve IT-related issues for Encore Electric. “I know their voices, but I don’t know them. It’s great to connect voices with faces and meet (other employees) while helping others.”
The Eagle River Cleanup is an annual tradition for Encore Electric teammates, and predates Encore Gives! Day.
“It’s my sixth year participating in the Eagle River Cleanup, and I show up each year because I believe it is important to be an active member in my community,” said Liz Bankert, Project Accountant in Eagle, Colo. “The Eagle River Cleanup is a fun and easy way to make a difference. Driving home after the cleanup we saw hundreds of orange trash bags lining Highway 6, all waiting to be picked up and transported to the landfill. Those bags collectively add up to tons of trash that would otherwise be in our river.”
“I volunteered at the Eagle River Cleanup, and it was so much fun. The weather was perfect, the river was gorgeous, and I got to meet some other Encore folks and their families that I otherwise might not have,” said Cheryl Steiner, Preconstruction Services. “Encore Gives Day also happened to be on the 20th anniversary of September 11th, and it was important for me to do something to give back to the community on that day.”
The participating organizations were grateful for the help of the Encore Electric team.
“Your staff helped us completely breakdown the event and load 100 bikes IN THE RAIN and had smiles on their faces the entire time,” said Kerry Olson, VP Development, Social Campaigns for the American Heart Association. “They were amazing! There was so much that went into this event this weekend and we could not have done it without your team.”
“The team from Encore was one of the most amazing groups we’ve had volunteer at the WorkShop. They helped us get settled in our new location and went way beyond what we expected in their service of our mission,” said Andy Magel, from Mile High WorkShop. “Thank you so much to Encore Electric and your team for helping us do our work!”