Last week the Thomsen team took a day of volunteering at the YWCA Cass Clay. Below, Jocelyn from the HR department, discusses highlights of the day volunteering at the YWCA.
Shelter means a lot to us as a home builder. Together our team works to help our clients build the perfect home to lay their heads down every night. As the largest shelter serving women and children in the North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota, the YWCA is recognized as one of the longest standing nonprofits in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The YWCA shelter and various programs offered have helped more than 16,000 women since opening on University in 2004.
What We Learned
The YWCA has many programs for women and their children, but most of us learned that day that they also offer supportive housing. Women have the opportunity to stay in a fully furnished apartment that costs 30% of what she earns annually. The supportive housing also had to be kid friendly, and the playhouse pictured below was one project we worked on. We also worked on various tasks outside on the housing grounds.
How We Helped
The Thomsen team went in small groups throughout the day to volunteer. The morning groups focused on washing, cleaning, and weeding while the afternoon focused on staining, painting, and mulching. Some of us hadn’t volunteered with the YWCA and this eye-opening experience got us out of the office and helping others.
As a homebuilder, we were excited to help an organization such as the YWCA who works with women and children in our community. Thank you to those who volunteered!