A Time for Giving

Ralph Maniscalco by Ralph Maniscalco | 11.02.2011

This fall, a group from our corporate offices volunteered to help the Pal-O-Mine equine program in Nesconset, NY. Pal-O-Mine’s mission is to provide a therapeutic program, using horses to facilitate growth and healing for children and adults with disabilities, those who have been abused, war veterans and the economically compromised. Joining forces with the Long Island chapter of Rebuilding Together, the team helped build a 70’ ramp and an outdoor shower system for this non-profit organization.

Since 2004, Honeywell Hometown Solutions has been a corporate sponsor of Rebuilding Together, and it was great to once again participate in a Long Island effort. This is the fifth Rebuilding Together project I have been part of and each one has its own special place in my mind. On this day that started with a light drizzle, our 14 Honeywell staff and five Rebuilding Together associates began to dig holes and cut wood as soon as we arrived. I still find it quite remarkable every time I see my coworkers take on these projects with such drive and determination. They represent every part of our business: engineering, quality assurance, IT, marketing, sales administration…virtually all departments. What’s truly amazing is their expertise and attention to detail. It’s hard work that encompasses hammering, handling power tools, lugging lumber, digging trenches and heavy lifting. Yet they do it for no pay and always with a smile.

After five hours in 80% humidity, the team completed the ramp that gives wheelchair bound individuals an easier way to navigate the sometimes muddy walkways leading to the riding area.  We also completed an outdoor shower facility, which was designed so a wheelchair could safely fit into the space.

Yes, it was hard work and we were all quite sore…but it was worth the effort because we made a difference. And that’s all that really matters. When it was over, we joked about our carpentry skills, said our goodbyes, and drove home in bright sunshine.

If you would like to get involved with the Rebuilding Together organization in your community, please visit their web site at www.rebuildingtogether.org.