Veeder-Root joins Day of Caring

Employees give back to community

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Veeder Root employees Matt Killinger, Matt Shoman and Ryan Prugar put the finishing touches on a patio at the Teen Shelter on Monday.

More than 250 Veeder-Root employees had a day off Monday to give back to the community.

Veeder-Root offered every employee a paid day to volunteer as a team or within the community organization of their choice.

The Veeder-Root team joined more than 100 Fortive Day of Caring events around the world, sponsored by the other operating companies and locations of Veeder-Root’s parent company, Fortive Corp.

“This event brings to life our deep desire to give back into the community. We are investing in our employees’ ability to give back in their own way. Our employees at Veeder-Root are passionate about community involvement. We believe that giving back matters. We have so much to be thankful for, and sharing our talents and resources with our neighbors helps us to find meaning in our lives at work. It’s also the right thing to do,” said Dawn Christman, company spokeswoman.

Several volunteers spent the day building a patio behind Family Services Inc.’s Teen Center and Shelter at Sixth Avenue and 17th Street.

“We don’t get a lot of chances to get into the community to give back. I believe this is a high impact project, that is why I decided to come here,” said Heather Morris, a senior planner.

“This is a perfect opportunity to give back to the community. I am glad to be with my teammates and doing the best we can to give back to the community. It means a lot to me personally to work for a company that makes a commitment to be able to give back to the community,” said Alan Orolin, shipping and receiving supervisor.

Earl Harrell, an inspector, said he was glad to be able to help the youth of the community.

“I am passionate about helping the young people. That is why I signed up for it because I can relate with the young people. Anything I can do to help I am happy to do,” Harrell said.

Machinists Matt Shoeman and Josh Hetrick gave up a vacation day Friday to help prepare for Monday’s event.

“I believe if you are able to help someone you should in some way. This was a job we like to do. We had the knowledge on how to do it. It makes you feel good when it is a warranted project that needed done. There are no outdoors gathering spots for them; this gives them more flexibility,” Shoeman said.

“The company gives us the opportunity to do community service. It makes me feel good, I don’t know of many places who give their employees a day off to do something like this,” Hetrick said.

Family Services Executive Director Lisa Hann is thankful for the work.

“We are thrilled and so glad to see the project completed, we couldn’t image a group a guys would take it on and get it completed in such a short time. Those guys have the expertise. They helped us out with the materials, and most of them were donated,” Hann said.

Throughout the day Veeder-Root employees worked on about 15 projects.

Some of those included: Sorting clothes, stocking shelves and serving food at the Fathers Table Soup Kitchen; preparing cleaning buckets for Houston and Florida hurricane victims for more than 400 families in need at the Altoona District Mission HUB; and doing odd jobs around the fire hall and washing four fire trucks at the Allegheny Township Volunteer Fire Company.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.