As Patrick Leffel stood at the open rear cargo doorway of a Goodwill donation truck in Tacoma, Wash., he was as curious as everyone else about what would be revealed when he helped lower the newly-painted rear gate.
The truck was one of nearly a dozen parked in a long row, each representing a different member of this particular Goodwill’s corporate alliance. Leffel, operations superintendent for Skin and Spar at nearby Boeing Frederickson, is a long-time resident of surrounding Pierce County, where Boeing is part of an alliance with his local Goodwill.
“I’ve lived in the community for 20 years,” Leffel said. “I’m really excited that the company I work for is a proud partner of the community that I’m living in!”
When Boeing’s name was announced, Leffel tugged a rope to lower the truck's rear gate, revealing an image that will be featured on three Goodwill trucks for the next year. “Together we go higher. Boeing and our people are proud to support Goodwill. Working together, we’re building better communities.”
Beaming, Leffel said, “It’s another great opportunity for us to give back to the community, and be part of it and be excited. To be (on the road) in the car and be able to point to my kids the truck going down the road, and know that we’re a part of it, it’s going to exciting.”
More than 40,000 community partners nationwide count themselves as beneficiaries of such giving from Boeing and its employees, according to Boeing's Global Corporate Citizenship statistics.
Boeing’s outreach and giving in communities where employees live and work can be dramatic. Boeing’s investment with this particular Goodwill, for example, is earmarked for Operation Good Jobs, a program that helps military veterans and their families transition to civilian life.
After the truck-unveiling ceremony concluded, Leffel had the chance to meet Kevin Peterman, a veteran who recently graduated from Operation Good Jobs.
“This program is really what veterans need, because we really just need someone to listen first and then react and help us out,” Peterman said. “So as soon as we relay that we need help, then they activate.”
Terry Hayes, the CEO of Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier region in the Pacific Northwest, said each of the newly decorated Goodwill trucks will travel across 15 Washington counties and be seen by millions of people. The trucks' messages uniquely celebrate the corporate partnerships that help Washington residents living in all corners of the state, she said.
“When we think of Boeing, and we think of the companies that are represented here today, we think about good community partners, companies that care about the community.” she said “And we know that Boeing cares about the community and the people that live here.”
By Deborah Feldman