Interested in getting your company involved in a hands-on StopGap community project? Team Building Days offer organizations a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community in which they do business.
There are a number of ways that staff volunteers can be involved in our exciting initiative – from getting volunteers out to talk to business owners about their single step entryway to painting ramps. We’ve seen it all and it’s been fun for everyone every time. We have adopted a model somewhat like Habitat for Humanity’s whereby the participating organization provides a donation. With the funding that we receive we are able to provide ramps to business owners in a chosen community (at no cost) courtesy of the participating organization. Typically, we offer this opportunity at a suggested donation per staff volunteer, this ensures that we can provide one ramp per staff participant.
For the painting experience, we generally like to work with 12-15 volunteers in our woodshop at a time for a 4-5 hour shift. The outreach experience usually involves 2-3 volunteers working together along a 3-4 block distance on one side of the street for a 4 hour period. Each outreach volunteer would have an opportunity to gift a ramp to a business owner courtesy of their company’s donation.
Testimonials from some participants!
The ramp drop truly made the experience“Everyone who took part in the painting project had a wonderful time and were inspired by the work that your team does. The ramp drop truly made the experience for the volunteers. I believe they were even able to put it down in time for a woman with a stroller to use when entering the shop.”
Making a true connection to the community
StopGap was an incredible experience. I learned through Luke, just how inaccessible places can be. What he did about it is truly inspiring. These ramps are custom built to accommodate many spaces, sizes, and placements. The program is making a true connection to the community and businesses who can now welcome all customers through the use of a StopGap ramp. Working with the team and painting the ramps felt great. I can’t wait to mention StopGap to any business I come across that does not have a ramp.
Re-connecting with your community and gaining fresh perspective
Participating in StopGap’s Team Building program this year was a highlight for the Intelligent Change team! The StopGap team has created an awesome half day program which walks you through the Foundation’s story and provides the team with the hands-on experience required to make it all happen. It’s a fun physical activity that takes your team outside the office and enables you to bond in a completely different environment, while re-connecting with your community and gaining fresh perspective on accessibility in our city. We love StopGap’s mission and were thrilled to spend some time in the shop, alongside the StopGap team, working to make the world an even better place.