As children, we're often firmly decided on direct and noisy paths to victory and meaning: we're going to be President; we're going to protect the downtrodden; we're going to save the world.
And then, not in one day but over the course of time, many of us discover different paths. Quieter ones, perhaps, but ones still true to the idea that no matter what, we can — and should — make a difference. Ones that, with any luck, are heightened and broadened by the communities surrounding us so the next round of kids can dream big too.
I'm happy to say that service has always been a hallmark of the culture at Emma, whether it's a Saturday of volunteer work, taking care of our customers, or giving one another a hand in times of need. Team Giving Back wanted to share a snapshot of those efforts, but first, we'd like to recognize those who've made the program possible.
- To our customers, we thank you: for choosing us, for cheering us on, and for being part of the Emma community no matter where you live.
- To Clint and the leaders of Emma, we thank you: for giving us a place to work that values us not just as people, but as stewards of education, the environment and the many causes close to our hearts.
- To our friends and partners at Hands on Nashville, St. Luke's Community House and so many others, we thank you: for inspiring us with the work that you do, and for connecting us to these projects, these little glimpses that we get into the incredible efforts you put forth every day.
Below is a quick look at some of our recent service opportunities, and we'd love to hear about ways your organization gives back, too.
Casey McCormick helped paint a new mural for Hands on Nashville Day, an annual service day for volunteers to take on projects at local schools. This year, Team Emma helped construct a sustainable rain garden and paint several murals at Ross Elementary. Go Rockets!
Every year just before Halloween, a team of Emma staffers (also known as Code Boo) designs and produces a haunted house night at St. Luke's Community House. This year's theme was "haunted hospital," and as you can see from this picture of Suzanna Best, it was no doubt our scariest yet. Mwahaha!
Our water station features some of the craziest wigs, hats and masks each year at Viva la Diva, a 5k and 10 mile race benefitting community organizations in Nashville. Pictured here are Theresa McLoughlin, Cassie Berman, Christine McPherson and Mallory Hull. (Not pictured: many cups of coffee, a plastic Viking helmet and a lot of '90s dance jams blasting from our battery-powered boom box.)
Do you remember your first bike? The folks at Emma sure do, so we partnered with Hands on Nashville this year as a sponsor for ReCYCLE for Kids, a bike-refurbishing program for children in need. Here, Emily Konouchi is happy to have finished scrubbing rust off the rim and spokes. Time for a test drive!