Giving Back for Good

People amaze me. I’m blessed to be surrounded by a village that really, truly cares about the people around them. Family members, friends, and co-workers alike continue to astound me with their tireless efforts to give back, lift others up, and help those less fortunate.

This time of year is especially filled with giving back. I could write an entire novel about the good deeds doled out by my fellow Berk-Tek employees. But for now, I’d like to just celebrate two recent accomplishments. And I really do mean accomplishments; pulling off these massive acts of goodness is no small task.

PFT Eye Drop 2019 - 2This first act quite literally went to new heights. If you’ve ever met former Berk-Tek President Paul Trunk, you know he doesn’t do anything halfway, and this was no exception. Earlier this month, Paul raised more than $11,000 for the VisionCorps Eye Drop 2019 fundraiser.

Paul, along with other participants, exceeded his fundraising goal in exchange for an opportunity to rappel down the 10-story Holiday Inn overlooking downtown Lancaster. In all, the “eye droppers” raised more than $167,000 that will go towards providing preventative, rehabilitative and employment opportunities to blind and visually impaired individuals.

Clothing Drive6Another Berk-Tek employee who gave big this season was Kelly McGinn. Kelly is a member of this year’s Core Class at Leadership Lancaster . In the course of just two weeks, Kelly collected and sorted an entire SUV-full of gently used work apparel to donate to local clothing banks. Because of her efforts, hundreds of people joining or reentering the workforce will have access to no-cost professional clothing to help jump-start their careers.

It’s people like Kelly and Paul, and all the other generous souls both at Berk-Tek and in our greater community, who really encompass what this season is about.

Wishing you all a peaceful and happy holiday season!