The Founders team and their families gathered together this past Saturday to serve the Birmingham community. Founders had two groups, one group landscaping and cleaning at the Rotary Trail and the other group helping Cornerstone Elementary prepare for the upcoming school year.
The Rotary Trail is located in downtown Birmingham, connecting the 19-acre Railroad Park and the Sloss Furnaces, a National Historic Landmark. The trail was a gift to the city of Birmingham and larger community by the Rotary Club of Birmingham as its centennial project, where they transformed a vacant railroad right-of-way, or “cut,” into a beautiful walking/running/biking pathway. To help the city maintain the trail, members of the Founders team got their hands dirty by helping lay mulch, sweeping the sidewalk, blowing leaves, and picking up garbage.
The second group of volunteers traveled to Cornerstone, a non-profit Christian school in Birmingham’s inner city. The school was established over 25 years ago to prevent the cycle of poverty by inspiring and empowering students with an accessible, world-class education within their community. Their mission has remained constant over those last 25 years, the school focuses on developing compassionate young people in a Christ-centered learning community that’s committed to academic excellence and character development. Our team helped the teachers and administrators prepare for the upcoming school year by moving materials and furniture, breaking down and disposing of old furniture, relocating a HEAVY kiln, adding floor protectors to desks and tables, and using a little elbow grease to clean and disinfect classrooms.
Service is a firm value, and the team’s commitment to service extends beyond just this one day. At all times the team is encouraged to go the extra mile for clients, co-works, and community. Several members of the team are involved with coaching youth sports, mentoring, leading youth leadership development programs, serving on not-for-profit boards, and donating funds and supplies to local not-for-profit organizations. Founders employees receive up to a week of paid time off to use volunteering for a social service, charitable, or environmental organization that is 501(c)(3) not-for-profit and the is committed to donation matching.
The day wrapped up with both groups reconvening (at a safe distance) on the patio at Moe’s BBQ in Lakeview to enjoy some of the best wings in town and take in the fresh sense of camaraderie amongst our volunteers.