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Ackerman-Estvold employees help with flood relief by paying it forward
Post Date: Aug 29 2011
Tags: community serviceSteve EberleTake this job and love it
 Minot, N.D. – Employees of Ackerman-Estvold helped with Minot’s flood relief efforts by paying it forward. With its “Take this job and love it” giving project, employees each received $1,000 from the company to contribute to a flood impacted organization, entity or person of their choice.
 
Approximately 15 area organizations or entities, ranging from food pantries and schools to giving circles and area attractions benefited from this project. Many received donations exceeding $1,000.
 
“Rather than have just our management determine an organization to contribute funds to, we thought it would be more impactful to engage and empower our employees through a giving project,” said Jessica Ackerman, business manager at Ackerman-Estvold. “We were amazed at the variety of organizations and entities that were touched because of this project, and our employees were able to directly experience the joy in helping others at this time of need.”
 
Local organizations that benefited include: Big 4 Boy Scout camp, Christ Lutheran Church, Give 360, Humane Society, Lincoln Elementary School Faculty (educational supplies), Little Flower Elementary teachers (classroom supplies), Longfellow Elementary School, Lord’s Cupboard Food Pantry at Faith United Methodist Church, Oak Park splash pad, Our Saviors Church, Ramstad Middle School (school repairs and teacher supplies), Roosevelt Park Zoo, Roosevelt Pool, Sertoma’s Christmas in the Park rehab fund and Tree of Hope (First Lutheran Church).
 
Many employees were vey inspired by this giving project and sought ways to increase their initial $1,000 donation. Steven Eberle, project engineer at Ackerman-Estvold, increased his $1,000 donation eightfold by working with a number of corporate sponsors. Eberle will give almost $8,000 to the Big 4 Boy Scout Camp west of Minot.
 
“It was an overall good feeling and a feeling of accomplishment by truly helping an organization that benefits our youth,” said Eberle. “The appreciation expressed by the Boy Scout Executive was unexplainable.”
 
Not only did Ackerman-Estvold’s “Take this job and love it” giving project inspire employees to find additional funds, it has inspired employees to think about other ways they can pay it forward.
Amanda Duchsherer, a participating employee in Ackerman-Estvold’s giving project stated, “Not only did this experience bring me so much delight, it also has my head spinning about other ideas of how I, and others, can continue to give back to the community."