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Spreading Holiday Cheer at Headwall

Posted by Christopher Van Veen on Wed, Dec 21, 2016

In 2016 Headwall embarked on a mission of volunteerism. The small, 50-person technology company headquartered in Fitchburg understood that the community it called home was also home to disadvantaged families in need. So beginning with a variety of projects throughout the area, Headwall employees embraced the opportunity to ‘give back’ by partnering with a local charitable organization called Our Father’s House.

“Our goals were twofold,” said Robin Jacobs of Headwall. “We wanted to help out wherever the need arose and we wanted to have broad employee participation,” she said. In addition to sprucing up neighborhoods and planting trees, Headwall and its employees purchased and assembled hundreds of ‘personal care kits’ for disadvantaged people in the area. “It really was a fun experience each time we assembled these kits,” said Robin. “We all knew we were putting a smile on someone’s face and making their difficult life a little less difficult.”

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Headwall had almost 100% employee participation in purchasing new gifts for area children. 

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Headwall employees carrying gift bags to Our Father’s House transport truck

Just before Thanksgiving, Headwall assembled all the makings for complete feasts to be distributed to area families through Our Father’s House. “We thought of everything,” said Robin. “Right down to the cooking pan for the turkey!” The partnership with Our Father’s House works well because they handle the distribution and organizational logistics to make sure that everything that Headwall donates fills a need.

Right after Thanksgiving, Our Father’s House pulled together a list of 41 children living at the Devens Transitional Center. These children, some as young as two, were in desperate need of new winter clothing such as hats, coats, and mittens. Almost immediately all 41 children had been spoken for, with gift bags containing brand-new outfits crowding the Headwall lobby. “We really captured the spirit once again,” said Robin. “Taking care of 41 children across a company our size meant we had just about full employee participation.”

Seeing a smile on the face of each child as they unwrap their gift is a very rewarding experience. “Many of these kids have never been given brand-new gifts before, and it was fun for each employee to pick a name off the tree here at Headwall and know that we were making that child happy.”

 

Tags: Fitchburg, Our Father's House, Charity, Giving, Christmas

The Spirit of Giving at Headwall

Posted by Christopher Van Veen on Fri, Nov 18, 2016

The corporate environment is always a bustling one: Getting and shipping orders, building sensors, designing new products, and maneuvering through a seemingly endless stream of meetings. But at Headwall, we take the opportunity to ‘give back’ to several central Massachusetts communities with families in need. This can range from assembling ‘personal care kits’ to cleaning and beautifying neighborhoods. This happens several times during the year, and is a part of Headwall's ongoing pledge to donate and contribute wherever possible to those less fortunate.

Today, Headwall employees gathered all the fixings for full Thanksgiving dinners to be distributed to dozens of area families during the upcoming week. This was done in coordination with ‘Our Father’s House, Inc. of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, which is a nonprofit focused on assisting the homeless in Northern Worcester County. Everything from the turkey and stuffing right down to the baking pan was included and boxed, before being carefully loaded aboard a truck at Headwall’s facility.

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“This is something we take a tremendous amount of pride in doing,” said Robin Jacobs of Headwall. “We have partnered with Our Father’s House consistently and we know our help and assistance is so appreciated.” In addition to the turkey dinners and personal accessory kits, Headwall had a company ‘coat drive’ so that as many homeless people as possible could have warm outerwear before the winter chill sets in. "Our entire employee base rallies around these projects whenever they arise," said Robin. "It's a collective sense of joy to be involved with charitable work like this, and our relationship with Our Father's House is a very rewarding one."

“I can’t express enough how grateful we are to Headwall for their continued assistance,” said Kevin MacLean, Director of Homeless Services at Our Father’s House. His organization has evolved into much more than just a shelter for the homeless and now offers comprehensive case management. Our Father's House works with other local agencies to make sure that the needs of the homeless are dealt with proactively rather than reactively. “That’s why our partnership with Headwall is so valued,” said Kevin. “There are families and individuals who will now have a nourishing meal on Thanksgiving and warm coats for the winter.” 

Tags: Fitchburg, Our Father's House, Charity, Giving, Thanksgiving