Paving the way to make volunteering a growing concern

A few years ago, the executives at Rose Paving added a challenge to its mix of yearly performance goals it sets for its managers: add even more community service. Rose had always done volunteering in varying aspects but wanted to increase its reach. And since that time, the employees at Rose have made it their business to help several nonprofits to a greater extent, especially Ronald McDonald House® near Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital located in Oak Lawn.

“When the executives challenged the middle level of management to get more volunteering, more service, as an objective for the upcoming year,” said Fred Coleman, Senior Regional Project Manager at Rose. “I took it to heart.”

TOP ’TEER decided to honor Rose Paving as a leader in employee volunteering for 2012 because of its success in helping these community groups make Chicago a better place, especially Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI).

“In 2011, I suggested to upper management that we form a Philanthropy Committee,” he added. “They loved the idea. We had some occasional programs going at Rose, but this committee was going to make it an ongoing program. We put together a group of eight people in our regional office that represented sales, operations, and management from each business unit.”

The employees at Rose have paved the way for service to the community for years. “Our company is very team oriented, and we have a strong culture of participation and inclusion.” Coleman said.

“We have three to four organizations that we have participated with for the past five to ten years that we serve on an annual basis, including Ronald McDonald House, Walk of Hope, SouthSTAR Services and the Brookfield Zoo Holiday Tree Lighting.”