We Care For Our Community
One of my favorite aspects of being a business owner is my ability to give back to the community and help those in need. As I have often said, I see Clean Crawls not as a retrofit construction company but as a service company. Furthermore, as a service company I am devoted to living out faith, quality, caring, and serving. I want to take this chance to talk about all of the different groups that Clean Crawls is supporting right now.
I was struck recently by a story about a man named Joel who has been living in Bothell for close to thirty years. Joel's story has been a success story, as he is autistic and mute but he has been able to live autonomously and independent. He has been able to achieve this incredible feat by having a community that cares and advocates for him.
Unfortunately, he was evicted from his home of twenty years last summer and had nowhere to go. Luckily, Joel has people who really care for him and his friends have been fundraising to build him a studio just a few blocks from his old home. I am very proud to say that Clean Crawls was one of the backers that helped fund Joel’s new home. Currently, Joel’s studio is nearing its completion, and the plan is for Joel to move in on October 1st. everyone at Clean Crawls is very excited to hear more details about Joel’s new home.
As many of you probably know, a lot of the employees here at Clean Crawls are really big car racing fans. Clean Crawls Vice President Dale Gjerness’ daughter actually races quite a bit. Dale actually introduced me to a group that we have supported for a little while now, WQMA. WQMA stands for Washington Quarter Midget Association, and it started over sixty years ago!I really enjoy the mission and goals that WQMA has. They want to acquaint the younger generation with the handling of mechanical devices, coordination, alertness, and ability to handle motor-driven vehicles. This will impress upon the younger generation the idea of fairness, generosity, good sportsmanship and a sense of responsibility, without envy or jealousy. These ideals help create and maintain a clean, safe, and healthy sport to be enjoyed by the entire family.
Throughout their long history, WQMA has continued to exist due to dedicated individuals who recognize that watching their driver mature and thrive with racing, as well as forge long-term friendships with other families, is priceless.
Clean Crawls also supports Rory Price Memorial. Rory Price was a well-known racer in the Pacific Northwest, but sadly he passed away eight years ago. He was a father, brother, son, uncle and a friend to many. Every year a group of his friends put on a race in remembrance of Rory and all of the proceeds from the event go to Rory’s daughter.
Another foundation that Dale introduced to me was Big Al Kids & Motorsports Foundation. This organization was created in 2011 and it provides local motorsports events, dream trips, and racing opportunities for children battling life threatening conditions and illnesses. Al grew up around dirt tracks, sprint cars, and auto racing. As he got older he spent time helping friends and young drivers realize their dreams by being able to race.
Unfortunately, at the age of thirty-one, he started to develop serious medical issues and was unable to continue his career. He then began working for Make-A-Wish Foundation where he realized that he could use motor sports to give these sick kids something to look forward to. In his words, “They spend a lot of time at the hospitals or just doing stuff that the normal kid does not have to do.” Many of the top racers in the country offered their support to Big Al Kids & MotorSports Foundation.
Heartbreakingly on August 6, 2015, Al passed away at the age of forty. Even though Al is no longer with us his vision for the children remains strong. Volunteers have re-organized and are committed to carrying on the work and dreams of the founder.
The next organization that we support is one that is near and dear to my heart and it is called E3. Seven years ago, my friend David Epperson started a non-profit in Malawi, Africa. There are countless charities in Africa but most are focused on temporary relief instead of teaching these communities how to be sustainable long term. E3 differentiates itself and focuses on sustainability by Educating, Empowering, and Employing the people of Malawi. I have been the treasurer of E3 for five years now and I am so proud of the wonderful work that they are doing. I really encourage you to see for yourself the difference E3 has made for so many people.The last organization that I am going to write about today is Convoy of Hope, Snohomish County. Convoy of Hope is a nonprofit that was started in 1994. They are a faith based, international, humanitarian-relief organization, whose goal is to bring help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry, and hurting.
They are based in Missouri but they come to communities throughout the nation and they came to Snohomish County and give those in need: free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, hot meals, job placement assistance, and much more. I really appreciate this kind of event because it focuses on helping impoverished people better themselves and not just give them relief.
I encourage you to check out all of the amazing things that these groups are doing for our local communities.