Essex Property Trust recently hosted a team building activity in Seattle, WA, where a sense of community flourished well outside the event venue’s walls.
Essex Property Trust Sets the Stage for Success
The temperature wasn’t the only thing rising on this hot Seattle day. As the day reached nearly 100 degrees, both teams from Essex Property Trust were ignited with excitement and energy as we tackled the day’s events. Some of the participants had attended a previous training with us and were eager to experience another session of team building and charity spirit. This also helped raise the anticipation of the newcomers and create a positive vibe for the event.
Our group of about 40 participants gathered in a conference room at the Westin in downtown Seattle and started the day with a few icebreakers, including a photo discussion and air counting. This helped to create a stronger sense of teamwork between the two groups.
A Healthy Investment in the Seattle Community
We then shifted to a discussion on the day’s mission: building adaptive bicycles to be donated to the Outdoors for All Foundation. This non-profit foundation provides outdoor recreation programs to children and adults with disabilities. The foundation helps more than 2,400 individuals, many of whom rely on financial scholarships to participate. The donation of the adaptive bicycles will provide the opportunity to ride a bicycle bike to those who likely would never have the chance otherwise.
Learning this information, the team was fully motivated to work together to create this unique opportunity for the children and adults assisted by the Outdoors for All Foundation.
Building a Sound Foundation for the Future
At the close of the event, we gathered the teams to recap highlights from the event and give them a few thoughts to take back to the office. Several participants spoke about what they learned, including their thankfulness for being given the opportunity to help others.
Essex Property Trust met with Dan Retailliau of the Outdoors for All Foundation to donate the completed bicycles. Dan shared a few stories about the children and adults who have been helped because of companies like Essex Property Trust. Though both teams were to separate back into their home territories, they left with much more than they came with, especially in how simple actions like building bicycles sometimes make the great impact.