June 24, 2013

JHE is committed to giving back to the community that has helped the company become what it is today.

I serve on the “Giving for Good” committee with 11 of my fellow co-workers and we work together to decide where our efforts can best serve those in need in the Greater Charlotte area. In April, the committee chose to support a charity that is near and dear to my heart, Wings of Eagles, a therapeutic horseback riding ranch that serves the special needs community in Cabarrus County.

Wings of Eagles Ranch came into my life when my oldest daughter decided she wanted to help those less fortunate at the age of 11. She was able to combine helping others with her passion for horseback riding; it was a perfect fit. Being comfortable and competent around horses allowed her to help many special needs children benefit from the healing process horses and a facility like this provide.  She loves helping children learn and succeed. In fact, she will be a senior next semester at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill majoring in elementary education.  Her passion for the ranch naturally led to my youngest daughter and me volunteering at the center. We were able to continue volunteering for the next six years until full-time work and college beckoned. Even though we are no longer a mainstay at the ranch, it stayed with us. So when JHE started its give back initiative, I was one of the first to join.

In April, 28 of my fellow co-workers and I set off to help the ranch complete a few projects on their wish list.  Together with help from our longtime partners, Lowe’s Home Improvement and Sunbelt Rentals, we were able to make many of their wishes come true.  In true JHE fashion, we were able to complete a year’s worth of work in only six hours.  Staining a 40-foot climbing tower, expanding a zip line deck, painting a new portrait on the “Adopt-A-Horse” wall, installing railings on a tree house, landscaping the front entrance and expanding the mounting ramp was all in a day’s work for the JHE crew.  Whatever the challenge, JHE delivers.

This was the second full day the JHE team committed to the ranch (last year, we painted barns and the main office at the center). We hope to continue to help Wings of Eagles for many years to come. Could an overnight cabin be in store for next year? Let’s do it!

–Julie Alascio

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