When AccentCare hosted a charity team building workshop as part of its day-long training program at the Embassy Suites Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, the organizers knew they wanted an event that would complement the work its employees were already doing. Most of the AccentCare health care workers in attendance assisted the elderly, many of whom are veterans. Our WheelCharity™ event would benefit veterans in need of wheelchairs through Soldiers’ Angels. It would also help AccentCare staff strengthen communication and interpersonal skills.
AccentCare Supports Soldiers’ Angels
Soldiers’ Angels works to assist active duty and returning veterans with ordinary needs. Programs benefit service members and their families directly, with support like care packages and letters to hospital visits. AccentCare teams responded enthusiastically when told their hard work would directly help wounded veterans because so many of those they worked with every day were veterans. While most of the AccentCare employees worked remote from the others, everyone seemed really happy to get a chance to spend the day together on a shared project.
WheelCharity™ in San Antonio, TX
After a few brief ice-breakers, we arranged the participants into eight teams and explained that winning games and challenges would earn them the parts they’d need to build a wheelchair. Teams played hard and cheered each other on. What seemed like fun and games though, was actually a chance for folks to practice key workplace skills like communication and teamwork. In what seemed like a record-setting finish time, the group completed eight wheelchairs for donation to Soldiers’ Angels. With the few minutes remaining, people wrote notes of well-wishes and tucked them into the pockets of the wheelchair seats for the recipient of each chair.
Making a Difference for Local Veterans in Need
When David Campos and Heather Krauss of Soldiers’ Angels arrived, the group met them with rousing applause. Once everyone quieted down, Mr. Campos said a few words about the organization and how it helped veterans. He shared a few stories that were very moving. Everyone was silent, just taking in how much these service members had done for our country, and how much of an impact these wheelchairs would have on the lives of those who received them. It was a strongly positive and slightly emotional end to the workshop. As we helped load the wheelchairs for delivery, AccentCare participants softly chatted in small groups. These employees worked at WheelCharity™ as a team, and more importantly, they thought of themselves as one, too.