Stan often describes our agency family as “700 of the smartest, brightest, most talented folks in the world of advertising.”
While I’ll gladly agree with that sentiment, I’d also say that I have the pleasure of working with some of the most selfless and kindhearted folks as well – not the most common adjectives you hear associated with Adland.
I have no doubt that this is firmly rooted in the cultural ideals of our Peaceable Kingdom, but its impact extends far past these walls.
We have Salvation Army bell ringers and Angel Tree angels, international mission trip volunteers, Sunday School teachers, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and volunteer soccer coaches for underprivileged Dallas youth. We even have some who have successfully founded their own nonprofit organizations.
Despite my career in a discipline that most agencies refer to as “account service,” I never personally identified myself as a service-oriented person, especially compared with the impressive list above. I was particularly stumped after a pre-marriage-course counselor diagnosed my “love language” as “acts of service.”
Apparently I enjoy helping people after all.
Years ago, our friends at The Home Depot made a commitment to an annual day of service when they could join together outside the office to help those in need. In true form, our team working with The Home Depot made the same commitment as a show of support.
For over ten years now, the Home Team has been raising money and volunteering their time in partnership with The Home Depot, improving the homes – and the lives – of deserving, in-need Dallas families.
Funds are raised through a benefit concert with help from another long list of incredible volunteers including musicians, artists, event emcees, ticket-takers, and bakers, most of whom work at the agency. Countless agency partners and clients generously donate goods, services, and packages to be raffled and auctioned off, with all proceeds from the evening funding our efforts for the next selected family.
It’s always a good time, and more importantly, it allows us to do even more good in the community.
I’ve had the great pleasure of becoming increasingly involved with the Home Team over the last few years, and I’m excited to say that our next build may do the most good yet.
On Thursday, June 18, around 75 agency employees and several employees of The Home Depot will volunteer their day fixing up the homes of not just one, but two, deserving Dallas families.
We’ll be swinging hammers and slinging paint brushes – cleaning, scrubbing, sanding, installing, updating, and organizing – doing all we can do to make the families’ homes that much more comfortable and their lives that much easier.
At the end of that day, we’ll be exhausted but wholly gratified as our muscles ache (the most rewarding ache I’ve ever felt), knowing that we’ve given everything we can.
We’ll wash the paint from our hands and the dirt from our necks, but the smiles on our faces will be there to stay.
Because that’s just who we are.
700 of the smartest, brightest, most talented, most selfless and kindhearted folks in the world of advertising.