The Gunlocke Member Engagement Committee lends helping hands to local community-supported hospice care, the Vincent House.
The Gunlocke Member Engagement Committee has been hard at work since it’s inception a little over a year ago. The committee formed as a voluntary HR function to allow members to share ideas and collaborate on ways to give back to their community. So after six months of planning, committee member Dan Lander, Gunlocke, Project Manager, was pleased to see his idea come to fruition.
A cancer survivor himself, Dan pitched the idea of a “Day of Action” to the team to lend a hand to the Vincent House, a community-supported hospice care home completely funded by donations and run by volunteers. The Gunlocke team decided to focus their efforts on beautification of the seventy-five-year-old home. Originally a convent of St. Joseph’s church in Wayland, the building remains in excellent condition, but the staff gladly accepted the team of twenty-five Gunlocke members and president, Kris Yates, offering assistance in landscaping, gardening, housework and even staining the wooden gazebo on the grounds.
“Gunlocke employees make a difference! Dan recruited employees from all departments to volunteer an afternoon of their time. The group of employees gave Vincent House a much needed ‘sprucing up’.”
– Kimberly A. Snyder RN BSN Executive Director, Vincent House
While culminating in one day of hard physical labor, the “Day of Action” could be a misnomer considering it required months of strategizing and planning to get the Gunlocke group to work. But to the Director of Member Community Relations, Olga Mendez, every scheduling hurdle and production obstacle the team faced was well worth the effort. After joining the Gunlocke family in 2016, Mendez initiated the Member Engagement Committee not only to give back to the community of Western New York but to encourage office staff and operations members to come together and instill pride in the organization as a whole.
After tackling their many roadblocks, the Gunlocke team, accompanied by friends and family, brought Dan’s idea to life and lent their helping hands to the staff and residents of the home. In just one sunny day, the volunteers worked hard to brighten the amenities of the facility with the goal that new and current Vincent House residents, as well as their families, would be met with feelings of warmth and welcome. Both parties are excited to continue working together to keep the Vincent House free of charge for its residents long into the future through dedicated partnership and strong community support.