Ryan Harrison: Volunteer Extraordinaire
LCI Controller Ryan Harrison has logged more than 115 hours of community service this year. He volunteers his time as a coach for Michiana Echo Soccer, and he's helped cultivate a team of supportive, high-achieving young women. Ryan's team recently won the U-14 State Championship. What's more, Ryan's team has shown their strengths off the field as well: this season, the team logged more than 100 volunteer hours, maintained a combined GPA of 3.7, and half of the team are members of the National Junior Honor Society. Ryan is an inspiring servant leader and volunteer coach, and he has single-handedly helped his team learn to communicate and support each other and their community.
"For me, coaching is not about the championships won or lost, but can you provide an atmosphere which allows individuals to develop confidence to step out of their box and challenge themselves to become better." - Ryan Harrison
LCI Italy Sponsors Giglio Amici
The team from Plant 302 in Italy recently sponsored an event to support Giglio Amici , a Florence-based charitable association that helps with a variety of social causes. LCI was the main sponsor of a recent fundraising event and helped raise more than $17,000 for the organization, specifically to help families with small children experiencing particularly difficult situations. Giglio Amici has a 20-year legacy that has resulted in the distribution of more than one million euros to different public social services.
Corporate Volunteer Night at Five Star Life
Team members from our Corporate office spent an evening working at Five Star Life's 300-acre property in Union, Michigan. The property, known as the Summit, is used as training grounds for current and future leaders involved in Five Star Life. The Corporate crew pulled weeds, picked up litter, power-washed and more. "Saw many smiling faces and families tonight...We got a lot done, and I know Five Star was grateful and what a great mission it is. Thanks to Toby Crowley for serving on the board there and helping arrange this along with Ashley and Michilah for helping organize and orchestrate our crews!!!" - Jason Lippert
2017 Colors for Kids Run
About 80 team members from the Windows Division helped make this year's Colors for Kids 5k run/walk a success! The annual 5k event benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County. LCI team members helped splash color onto the runners and walkers at various spirit stations and kept morale high for participants. More than 900 people participated in this year's run/walk!
Braxston visits Bernice
Braxston Cave and Holly Hall recently took time out of their schedules to visit Bernice Wilson, a resident at Warsaw Meadows Care Center in Warsaw, Indiana. Bernice is a die-hard Notre Dame football fan and was overjoyed when Braxston, a former ND football player, surprised her with a visit. Bernice will be 104 years old this September and is always talking about "her boys," the Notre Dame football players. Bernice's love of Notre Dame football extends back to her childhood: as a student at Riley High School in South Bend, her mother regularly opened their home to ND students in need of housing. Bernice holds the Fighting Irish near and dear to her heart and is sure to recall Braxston's visit fondly.
Costa Rican Mission Trip
Karla Shirley of Plant 28 and 26 others from the mission team at Bristol United Methodist Church visited Los Guidos in Costa Rica to support a missionary couple who are building ministry there. The ministry offers computer and language classes and teaches the impoverished community members to build saleable items so they may become self-sufficient. Karla and her mission team helped construction projects, painting buildings, visited schools and churches and much more.
IDS Supports Gleaners Food Bank
A group of 40 volunteers from Plant 68 (IDS) spent several hours at Gleaners Food Bank this week. The crew sorted 13,500 pounds of food, helping feed about 11,361 people! The team also hosted a plant-wide food drive to benefit Gleaners and collected more than 120 pounds of food.
Girls on the Run Spirit Station
LCI team members showed their spirit at Girls on the Run Celebration 5k race on May 13th. Spirit station volunteers helped rally the runners and cheer them on to complete the 5k. Girls on the Run Michiana aims to inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and helps girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness.
Care for Fellow Community Members
Team members from Plant 27 in Pendleton, Oregon came together with several other local businesses to repair a broken shower for a woman and her disabled four-year-old daughter. After being denied state assistance to repair the broken shower, LCI, Keystone RV Company, Kirby Nagelhout Construction, Pendleton Plumbing, Pendleton Electric and Sheets Painting all stepped up to remodel the entire bathroom. The volunteers even expanded the door to the tub to make things a bit easier. Read the article in the East Oregonian.
South Bend's Riverlights Music Festival
Plants 19 & 28 responded to South Bend's urgent request for additional volunteers for their Riverlights Music Festival. Volunteers from the two plants sold tickets and merchandise for South Bend's Riverlights Music Festival, a part of South Bend's Best.Week.Ever., an event held to spur on the local economy and to encourage South Bend's viability through city's Venues, Parks & Arts department.
Life Saving Donations
Plant 19's recent blood drive saw more than 45 donors donate blood to the South Bend Medical Foundation's blood bank. Their donations equated to saving more than 135 lives!
Plant 241's Blankets for St. Luke's Children's Hospital
Plant 214 team members spent about 80 hours in total crafting "no-sew" blankets for a local children's hospital. Team members purchased the blanket materials with proceeds from a plant BBQ and raffle, and all-in-all, donated 30 blankets to St. Luke's Children's Hospital in Boise, ID.
Plant 214 put a team together and participated in Brush-Up Nampa, a City of Nampa sponsored event that invites community members to come together to paint houses for the elderly and disabled. A group of Plant 214 team members worked two Saturdays and spent a total of 60 hours painting the house they were assigned. After a lot of hardwork, the home has a fresh coat of paint and a very happy homeowner.
Bashor Children's Home Cleanup
Team members from Plant 85 spent four hours last Saturday at Bashor Children's Home, helping clean the outside of their four cottages. Bashor Children’s Home is a nonprofit child welfare agency in Goshen, IN that provides help for troubled children and their families through a variety of services.