May 5, 2012 was not only Cinco de Mayo but also a big day here at Lifetime Products. More than 900 of my fellow Lifetime co-workers and I had the opportunity to give back to our community by participating in Lifetime’s 7th Annual Community Service Project. This year, we helped clean and beautify the Utah State University Botanical Center in Kaysville, Utah.
After initial groundwork preparation by over 75 employees on Friday evening, 880 employees arrived in florescent yellow shirts (looking like tennis balls from afar) armed with gardening tools on Saturday morning and got to work by removing debris, rocks, and weeds; planting flowers, grass and trees; cleaning ponds; painting fences, bridges and gates and spreading bark to help beautify and improve the center's 1,000 acre grounds, gardens, and facilities for local residents. In addition, the group planted potatoes, pumpkin, winter squash and corn that will be donated to the local community through the USU Botanical Center's Food Pantry Garden program.
It was a great experience working together outside of our normal everyday jobs to do something to give back and help improve our local community. It was also a true team effort. Everyone pitched in to help in some way or another... even Lifetime President Richard Hendrickson was busy planting potatoes and corn for the Food Bank garden. The USU Botanical Center coordinated much of the work, and employee team leaders guided 10 large teams working simultaneously on the projects, resulting in a complete makeover of the center in approximately three hours.
Lifetime utilized much of its own manufactured products for the project, including Lifetime folding tables, wheelbarrows, yard carts, and kayaks.
Thanks again to all of our wonderful employees who made this event a success. All Lifetime employees worked off the clock, earning a credit toward Lifetime’s employee benefit program that gives a percentage of the company’s revenue to each employee. With everyone pitching in to help, this year's community service project employed approximately 2,800 man-hours!
Operated by Utah State University, the USU Botanical Center is a 1,000-acre facility dedicated to education, research, recreation, and demonstration projects. USU Botanical Center’s Director David Anderson said, "It was a spectacular effort and we appreciate all the work done by Lifetime Products’ employees. We operate the center with a very small staff and the amount of work the volunteers accomplished in a few hours, giving up part of their day off, would be impossible for us to complete even over several weeks. Some even returned later in the week to finish some painting that couldn’t be done because of cold temperatures on their service day. We cannot thank all the volunteers enough.”
Lifetime President, Richard Hendrickson said, “Lifetime is more than just products. We’re people who make a difference in everything we do – both inside and outside of our factory walls. We’re proud to be a worldwide company, but it’s important to us to always give back to the community here at home where we operate and are headquartered. Our annual community service project is a monumental way for us to make a difference in our local area. It’s truly inspiring and heart-warming to watch nearly one thousand people working together to improve where they live and work.”
If you live in Utah, stop by the Botanical Center to take advantage of its many programs and beautiful scenery. Personally, I'm looking forward to going back soon to see how our vegetables are growing!