In celebration of Earth Day, Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, Nebraska, partnered with several businesses and schools, to participate in the Cornhusker State Bank One Day Without Shoes drive to benefit the local homeless shelter, People's City Mission!
The generosity of Duncan Aviation employees contributed five full barrels of shoes to the more than 16,000 pair of shoes collected across the community.
In addition to shoes, employees cleaned out their dressers and closets and donated bags of clothing to support another local charity, Catholic Social Services. At the end of this three day event, a trailer full of clothing was pulled away.
All donations were welcomed. Clothing and shoes not fit to be worn will be recycled and any money earned from that recycling will be used to provide counseling, pay utility bills and rent, etc. for those in need.
Five years ago Duncan Aviation brought a group of team members together from all across the company with the goal of researching and implementing "green" initiatives that will save energy and money, reduce waste and give precise focus to innovative efforts, as well as strategic priorities. To this end, at the beginning of this they removed all Styrofoam cups from break rooms and continue to provide education on how to go green.
As a group, they wanted not only to impact change while at work, but also to encourage change in the daily lives of all Duncan Aviation team members. Their message is that even small changes can have a large impact.
“We saw the shoe and clothing drive events as an opportunity to combine our green initiatives with our strong support of volunteerism in the community,” says Kaela Paseka, lead graphics designer at Duncan Aviation and a member of the Green Team. “Each year we plan to pick a different organization in the community to support.”