Habitat for Humanity

This week, we had an amazing opportunity to help out a local Habitat for Humanity build project just to the south of us. We had 23 employees come in two shifts to work on various projects in and around the homes currently under construction. The work made for a long day, but was a welcome break from cubicle life for many, or at the very least served as a good change in pace.

Group photo: Morning Shift

When we arrived we were given hard hats, gloves, and site safety information. Alex, our main contact for this project  gave us a run down regarding the non-profit organization, Habitat for Humanity, and the community we would be working on. Habitat for Humanity is a global organization dedicated to providing affordable housing to lower income families. The organization focuses on shelter because providing a safe and affordable place for people to develop and grow within is key to encouraging sustainable lifestyle improvement for individuals and communities.

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The specific community we contributed to is called Megan’s Meadow. Megan’s Meadow is located in the city of Pacific (south of Auburn) next to the Sounder train tracks. The property is vacant land within an area of residential homes including a new development under construction across the street.  It will provide 9 low-income families with both an affordable home and an affordable mortgage in a new housing development in Pacific.

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This is being designed as a Veteran’s focused community with all units to be accessible, single-story homes. Environmental stewardship and long-term affordability will be ensured by constructing these single family homes to achieve or surpass NW Energy Star sustainable building standard. The property is part of a land grant that will ensure that this community remains affordable for 99 years.

Rollin, Monette, and Brad get the power washer going

It was a great experience. We had volunteers from most of our departments, making it a great opportunity to interact with people we don’t run into on a daily basis. We worked on moving lumber, helping align foundation support structures, cleaning, applying grout, and lots of digging.

Digging out a trench to realign the foundation

I participated as part of the digging team. One of our tasks was to uncover the area around the foundation, going around some piping, so that the wall foundation could be realigned. The ground was tough in spots and we ended up alternating between breaking it up and shoveling the dirt. It was really wonderful to get a chance to not only get out of the office, but to know that the time we spent working on this project was directly affecting the future home owners. It’s rewarding to see progress made on projects.

Dorik Downing, our Art Director, and expert ground breaker, commented that it was “Great to be able to get our hands dirty and be part of helping veterans get into affordable homes”. Noting that the onsite staff made the experience. “I enjoyed working with the people from H4H—they have great attitudes and are very knowledgeable.”

Rollin and Amanda start to remove the frame around the cement floor

Amanda, our Marketing Specialist, was lead on coordinating the opportunity with Habitat. She loves helping make these kinds of projects come to life and the spirit behind volunteering for the community. “I am humbled to work with such an amazing team who so willingly came together, rallied and helped with the foundations our community veterans will get to enjoy for years to come. It doesn’t get any better than getting your hands dirty with full hearts.”

Charisse, Kathryn, and Stacy sweep debris away from the floor

Our Executive Assistant, Charisse (now a Master at Grouting), is always supportive of our volunteering efforts because, “I love that our company supports its employees passion for volunteer work.” “…it was such an amazing experience to help at the site where veteran’s will have the opportunity to own a home. It was AWESOME to work alongside our CA team and make a difference in our community TOGETHER!” She did note, however that despite being somewhat sore after her double shift, Charisse would “do it all again in a heartbeat.”

Stacy, our Accounting Supervisor was part of the second shift of workers and enjoyed the camaraderie that comes with working on this kind of project in tandem. “What a great opportunity to work together and do something that will positively impact families in our community.  It was fun to work with people from other teams and get to know each other a little bit better.”

Always happy to help

Joining her on the second shift was Bridget Shew, a Technical Designer on the team, was enthusiastic about the experience. “I have learned that when I have had hard times, serving others makes me happy. I loved working with my Classic friends giving service to an organization that clearly is dedicated to provide homes for others in need.”  Her team members noted her attention to detail and willingness to pull out the level to confirm adjustments during the process.

Helping with grout

Liza, one of our Product Development Merchandisers, attended the afternoon session and got a chance to help lay out grout. Despite some lingering soreness, Liza had a good experience, “It was epic…I’m game for the next one.”

More frame removal

Working the an organization that is dedicated to providing sustainable shelter resonated with both our desire to inspire memorable experiences and to help people preserve the items that help make those experiences possible. We wanted to leave a bit of Classic with the homes and their future inhabitants. In addition to the time spent by our employees helping on site, the company donated (per new home) a set of chaise lounges adorned with our Montlake FadeSafe Cushions, an umbrella with an umbrella stand, and accompanying covers for all pieces.

Group Shot: Afternoon Shift

We will be back next Spring to help finalize the remaining 5 homes for the total of 9 homes that make up Megan’s Meadow. We’d like to extend a big thank you to all of our volunteers, our photographer, Angela, and the awesome leads we had onsite helping us out, Chris and Lucy.

More images are available on Facebook!

 

Habitat for Humanity

4 Seasons of Giving

Tis the season of giving!
We like to think of Classic Accessories as an all-season company, year round, we’ve got you covered. We also like to extend the giving to our community of Kent, WA year round.

We have been fortunate enough to be able to work with some great local non-profits and organizations like:

Bloodworks Northwest

This year our staff donated enough blood to save 63 lives right in our parking lot with
Bloodwork’s Blood-Mobile.

Northwest Harvest

This Spring we helped prep and pack 5,500 pounds of rice which helps feed 4,269
families in our community – that’s HUGE!

Kent School District Elementary

We started the school year off by donating much needed school supplies to an
elementary school down the road from us. Everything from backpacks and supplies to
nurse station care kits.

Green Kent Partnership

New this year was a park clean up at Glenn Nelson Park. We worked with the Green Partnership of Kent who let us know that the mulch we spread is very beneficial because it retains water for the trees during these dry summer months and will eventually break down in to healthy soil and food for the trees. The mulch also helps to smother weeds and makes the park even more beautiful. We also cleared many black berry bushes away from the native shrubs.

East Side Baby Corner

This Fall we connected with East Side Baby Corner with a giving tree in our office. We purchased much needed items for children in need from newborns all the way through teens. EBC was founded in 1990 when a local pediatric nurse practitioner, became concerned about the large numbers of babies in her practice that began life without adequate food, clothing, beds or safety equipment. Her commitment to giving these children a stronger start grew from a idea and a few items gathered in her dining room, into an agency that in 2016 filled its 500,000th order of absolute essentials.

We are a lucky team here at Classic Accessories to be able give back to our community and we are looking forward to doing the same next year.

4 Seasons of Giving

8 ways to celebrate!

It’s Veterans Day, and some people don’t know how to celebrate outside of hitting sales at their favorite stores or flying a flag. Military.com offers some great tips on how easy it is to get into the celebration today, and every day of the year!

1. Show up!
Auburn, WA Veterans Day Parade
Attend a Veterans Day parade. Our neighbors in Auburn, WA hold the biggest and longest running Verterans Day Parade on the west coast. This year marked the 51st annual parade. As Roy Roger’s once quoted, “We can’t all be heroes; someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.” A parade in our Veterans’ honor is a great opportunity to do just that.

2. Donate

There are so many ways to donate to a Veteran Program, the oppotunities are endless! Check some ideas out from military.com for easy and secure ways to donate.

3. Fly our nation’s flag

Did you know there is a proper way to fly our stars and stripes? Check out the official guidlines here.

4. Ask someone about their service

It gives the vet a chance to reflect on their time in the service and all of us a chance to learn about it. Many vets won’t go into too much detail so just simply be supportive without being intrusive. Sometimes you don’t have to say anything, just listen and give them your full attention.

5. Write

A simple note of thanks and appreciation goes a long way. If you don’t know a veteran, look up the closest military installation and send one there. Small acts of recognizing someone’s service, even anonymously, are appreciated.

6. Don’t confuse today with Memorial Day

Veterans Day is a time to thank those who are serving or have served and are still with us. Memorial Day is to reflect and remember those who lost their lives in service to their country. Confusing the two or combining the two diminishes the importance of both.

7. Visit a VA Hospital
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Many VA facilities have a day packed with events. Spending time with a veteran or even volunteering is a great way to give back.

8. Get outdoors with a Veteran!

Did you know that all of our National Parks offer FREE admission today? Being outside helps improve physical and mental health, boosts emotional well-being, and is a great way to celebrate the day with a veteran. National parks are America’s Best Idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite. Plan your visit and enjoy our country’s history and nature.

Thank you to all our Veterans and Active duty service members. Wishing you all a very happy Veterans Day.

 

Photo Credits:
northwestmilitary.com
military.com
artcphotos/Shutterstock
LORRIE CECIL/THISWEEKNEWS
Operation Gratitude Blog
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Forrestbro/Getty Images

8 ways to celebrate!

Giving to Save

Today’s the day Classic Accessories is Giving to Save!
We have scheduled Bloodworks Northwest to come out with their donation on wheel to donate blood. 30+ employees are currently giving blood to save lives.

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Blood is needed every day.

Right now, there are people in your community who need the help you can so easily provide simply by donating blood. Some of these patients have suffered serious injuries or severe burns. Some need blood during surgery. Others have life-threatening chronic diseases like leukemia and cancer that require frequent transfusions. In fact, most people will require a blood transfusion at some point in their lives. You can help those who need one now. You really can save a life.

Imagine!

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Who Needs Blood?

Many patients need blood now. The major reasons are:

• Trauma injuries and burns
• Cancer
• Blood and immune system diseases
• Surgery
• Heart and blood vessel disease
• Organ and bone marrow

How long does it take?
Actual donation takes only seven to ten minutes. The entire process is about an hour, but can help three people – each donated unit of blood is separated into platelets, plasma and red blood cells. The donor’s body immediately begins to replace the donated blood cells.

After a blood donation the body replaces plasma in about 24 hours, red cells are restored in two to four weeks, and platelets are replenished in about 72 hours.

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Who can donate blood?
Most people in good health (no cold or flu) can donate blood. In general, those who are at least 18 years old and weigh more than 110 lbs may donate blood every 56 days. There is no upper age limit.

It is always recommended to eat a healthy and balanced meal and drink fluids at least four hours prior to donating

Plus – after donating, you get a free pass to eat and drink your calories to recharge! Special thanks to Sweet Themes Bakery here in Kent, WA for the great cookie design.

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Giving to Save