FedEx Cares Week: Creating Ripple Effects
One of my proudest accomplishments is my work with Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, an organization that provides free home repairs and maintenance to elderly homeowners so they can remain in their homes. Since joining the board of directors in 2010, I have been truly moved by the people I have met and the number of FedEx coworkers who are always willing to help out.
No one I’ve met is as memorable or inspiring as the woman I’ll simply call by her first name, Penny. She lives in a Pittsburgh city neighborhood and I met her several years ago when a group of FedEx volunteers fanned out one day to work on several Rebuilding Together projects. The awe-inspiringly selfless Penny cares for seven grandchildren in her small home, and not surprisingly, rarely has money left over at the end of the month for fixing the leaking sink or wobbly handrail on the back porch. FedEx volunteers stormed her home that September day, taking care of projects big and small, including the transformation of an attic storage space into a bedroom complete with bunk beds. Her appreciative tears at the end of the day made it clear to me and the other volunteers that touching someone else’s life can be done in a day’s time and has lasting, ripple effects for all involved.
One of those ripples has reached to my children who have seen firsthand how rewarding it can be to help others. They have seen the old adage about actions speaking louder than words play out before their eyes, and I know that has had a significant impact on them – one that is far more powerful than Dad simply telling them to “be nice.”
So with Penny and my kids in mind, I was proud to be among more than 50 FedEx employees who took a day off from our email and budgets and project trackers to roll up our sleeves and help out some more people during FedEx Cares Week. In that work day, we again completed projects in four homes from painting and patching to building a wheelchair ramp to help improve one homeowner’s mobility. We completed projects, helped out our neighbors, created more ripples.