On a typical, bitterly cold day in Connecticut, we stayed warm in the Foxwoods Resort Casino with 500 of our new friends from Siteone Landscape Supply. The Mission: Military Care™ workshop wrapped up a week filled with sales and leadership team meetings and activities. We had customized this workshop to accommodate the size of the group, and to fulfill the needs of area veterans served by the Norwich Veterans Center instead of American troops deployed overseas.
A Big Team Makes A Big Impact in Mashantucket, CT
The group we met with was a combination of 400 Siteone Landscape Supply employees and 100 suppliers who’d been invited to join them. After nearly a week of interacting through meetings and training workshops, this group was pretty comfortable working together, and it showed. The group was loud and enthusiastic about the Mission: Military Care™ program in the best way. Everyone quickly divided into teams and when they played games and activities to earn backpack items, they were highly competitive! Within the short time we had together, teams earned enough items to prepare 200 backpacks for donation.
Siteone Landscape Supply Gives Back
The company wanted to wrap up their week-long meeting with a group activity that was fun but still reinforced key workplace skills. We designed a program with a strong social mission to united participants behind a meaningful cause. The Norwich Veterans Center – part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – offers a variety of programs and services to returning service members. The Mission: Military Care™ workshop activities help participants learn to count on each other by strengthening lines of communication and supporting each other in taking risks.
Mission: Military Care™ Supports the Norwich Veterans Center
Attendees welcomed Mark Johnson of the Norwich Veterans Center with an impressive round of applause. Teams quickly quieted down so that he could say a few words. Mr. Johnson told the group about the programs and services offered by the center. He also shared several stories about local veterans whose lives were positively affected by the help they received there. The Siteone Landscaping Supply folks had nominated one of their own to formally make the donation of the backpacks to the center. Everyone cheered, and lots of folks took pictures.
As we moved the backpacks to a waiting pickup truck for transport to the center, a few volunteers pitched in. Meanwhile, a quick debriefing session solicited feedback about the workshop and helped reinforce key concepts for success. It may have been a cold day in January. However, the participants in the Mission: Military Care™ workshop that day showed just how warm and caring a charity team building event could be.