EnsoData’s DEI committee has a handful of priorities and goals, including giving back to our community with volunteer activitiesDuring the Fall of 2021 Team Week, our team volunteered at a pair of local Habitat for Humanity build sites. The fun-filled, paint-splattered, hard working day was an outstanding opportunity for our team to continue to build on the team-bonding experienced throughout the week. Our team was split into two sites, with folks painting a house on one site and cutting and hanging siding at the other. On one site, half of the EnsoData crew took on a major painting project. The site was championed by our project leader, John Benson. Benson and his two team members have been a major part of building 5 different houses in the Madison community. While our team didn’t do the build on Project Betsy, the paint job was transformative. From a wispy, fading green with chips and cracks in the paint galore, our team did a one day face lift on the old home.
“The above average height of our team was a great asset for this house painting project,” said Rachel Boer, Director of Marketing.The other half of our team had a little more hands-on building work to accomplish. From siding cutting and hanging to hammering, our smaller crew on site two was busy all day with one of the aforementioned builds. One of the two homes was for a family with 2 young children, and you can’t help but feel happy when you hear about those you’re helping. Under the guidance of project lead Dennis and his two team members, the smaller EnsoData team went to work! “A mix of retired DIY folks and one foreman with experience house framing, working with the volunteers was great,” noted Senior Sales Executive Nick Orr. Orr and others on the team also learned something new, specifically how to put up siding on a house. EnsoData VP of Regulatory Affairs, Sigrid Schoepel, operated the saw, slicing and dicing the siding for the team throughout the day. Per one of our Business Development Reps, Emma Garton, “Sigrid was the natural choice to trust with operating a sharp object,” likely due to her unmatched attention to detail. Oh, and her experience with DIY projects, including her own Chez Shed. But that’s another story for another time. Between the two sites, the day was filled with smiles, great music (including a Beatles and Classic Rock playlist courtesy of our CTO, Nick Glattard, on site two), a few grunts, and a lot of rewarding happy feelings. “It was nice to help out a family in the community who may otherwise not have access to affordable housing, and we had a lot of fun while doing it,” added Orr.
“It was nice to help out a family in the community who may otherwise not have access to affordable housing, and we had a lot of fun while doing it,” noted Nick Orr, EnsoData Senior Sales Executive.“Some of the best fun was sharing stories with co-workers and the Habitat volunteers and having a laugh during a water or lunch break.”The Habitat for Humanity build was not only a great way to give back to our community, but it was an excellent team building activity, as well. Stay tuned to our DEI blog content for future volunteer activities from the EnsoData team. To read more about the efforts for EnsoData’s DEI Committee, try these other content assets: