STOBG CARES: Community Competition at Pavarini North East
The pandemic has made hosting community and social events difficult over the past year. As the US Northeast began to reopen, the employees at Pavarini North East (PNE) wanted to find a way to get back to giving back and safely seeing coworkers outside of the office.
That’s when the PNE team came up with an idea. “We thought, what if we make it a contest?” Joanna Surdyka, PNE marketing specialist says. “So we divided the company into four teams, each with a team captain and a ‘draft.’ Each team is required to complete at least one charity event by the end of October.”
The Orange team, led by Brian Wargin, recently completed an event with Iona College’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life organization. On top of raising awareness and $1,439, the team was able to spend time outdoors honoring those we’ve lost. “Unfortunately, just about every one of us have either battled or watched a loved one lose the fight to cancer,” Wargin says. “The American Cancer Society represents years of commitment to this cause, providing an extensive source of just about anything related to the disease to help make it survivable. It was great to enjoy the company of the group away from the office and for a great cause.”
When members of the Blue team suggested donating to a food drive, they partnered with Person-to-Person, a community agency that provides basic goods and services for those in need, to help sort food items. The team worked together to sort through bins of donated food, get rid of anything that had expired, and fill grocery bags for families in need. “It has been a tough year for everyone, but this event showed me that there are so many good people out there who want to help others,” says Eileen Gleeson, Blue team captain. “It reiterated how important team effort is, and it made me hopeful for all of us as a community.”
As the teams continue the competition, for Surdyka, everybody wins in the end. “The competitive part of it gave everyone a little extra boost, all while helping great causes,” Surdyka says. “While we’re not yet sure how we’ll determine a winner and their prize, that wasn’t really the point. It’s been so fun to see our teams come up with ideas and get everyone involved.”
We’re a family-oriented company, built on a fundamental commitment to create permanent, positive impact in the communities where we live and work.
Since our founding, creating lasting and positive impact in the communities we work in has been an essential part of our core responsibility and values. Employees frequently volunteer, participate in fundraisers, and engage in other community-focused events. We support, encourage, and recognize our employees’ brilliant efforts to help address causes and improve our communities.
We are so proud of our employees’ efforts from chairing major events to raising desperately needed funds for surgery, to building a new playground, and working with high school students interested in construction and engineering careers. Staff throughout our organization invest their time and resources to make an essential and lasting difference in people’s lives.