The Kincaid Group prides itself on four core values – Family, Safety, Service, and Respect. Over the past few months, the group has put a heavy emphasis on the Service value by finding ways to give back to the communities that our businesses call home and that graciously treat our employees like their own.
In total, from July through November, The Kincaid Group employees have tallied up over 200 community service hours, donated 289 pounds of non-perishable food items, packed 240 boxes of food for senior citizens, and raised over $300.00 to go towards local families in need. In addition to these feats, the group has also had a few especially unique opportunities to lend a helping hand.
Kincaid Ready Mix, a division of The Kincaid Group, was able to assist an Olathe teen, Luke Gwartney, in his quest to construct a memorial to honor fallen Johnson County deputies as part of his Eagle Scout Project. Gwartney accepted donations for the project in the form of cash, labor, as well as materials. Bob Jackson, VP of Kincaid Ready Mix, caught wind of this and offered to donate the concrete for the memorial. Jackson said of the opportunity, “We are glad we could help in this recognition of the fallen men and women who put their lives on the line just by putting on a uniform every day to protect and serve our communities.”
Gwartney was very appreciative of the the contribution made by Jackson’s team, saying, “They helped me so much by donating the concrete, which was amazing! I am super grateful for that and I think we (the boy scouts) all liked it when the concrete truck came out and showed us all how concrete works. Also, I would like to thank them for doing it on a Saturday, that really helped us out a lot with making sure the project was done on time. On behalf on the Sheriff’s Office, we thank Kincaid Ready Mix for their contribution and dedication for helping the local community.” Read more on this story here.
The Kincaid Group was also able to partner with the Shawnee Fire Department by donating a school bus to be used in a mass casualty crash training exercise. The school bus was provided by Midwest Bus Sales, another division of The Kincaid Group. Deputy Chief Sal Scarpa had great things to say about the group’s contribution. “The Kincaid Group was very generous to be willing to help us out with this training. They were great to partner with and really did us a big favor with the donation of the bus. Anything involving kids and a school bus ramps up adrenaline, so this was great experience for our guys. We haven’t had the opportunity to practice with a school bus for as long as I have been here, so this was a great opportunity for us.”
Organizations reached since July include local churches, the City of Lenexa, Harvesters, the Jackson County 4H Fair, WINS Donation Center, Night Light Tulsa, Vaughn-Trent Community Services, Ronald McDonald House, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Wounded Warriors Project, Hope House – Project Backpack, Goodwill, Micah Ministry, Lee’s Summit Social Services, Synergy Domestic Violence Shelter, Shawnee Fire Department, Boy Scouts of America, and more.
Our group has had a blast finding more and more ways to give back using our time, talents, and treasure. We have even begun to incorporate company-wide competitions and bring competitions between departments into the mix.
If you or someone you know has a community service opportunity coming up, we would love to hear about it! Feel free to email us or reach us by phone at 800-447-2801.