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Giving Back

Mission Bell encourages our employees to be involved in their communities, giving back and supporting the charities that are close to their hearts.

Bev Stenehjem - Human Resources

Wreaths Across America

Bev Stenehjem, our Director of Human Resources, volunteered alongside several hundred other community members to participate in Wreaths Across America. This organization honors veterans by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies in 1,100 cemeteries across America, including Arlington National Cemetery.

Bev spent the crisp early morning at Gavilan Hills Memorial Park in Gilroy, CA for the laying of wreaths ceremony. She said it "was all very heartwarming" to know that every fallen veteran was recognized. Thanks to the sponsors, 100% of all 1200 wreaths were donated for both Morgan Hill and Gilroy. The event is pays homage to veterans while comforting their families and the community.

Mission Bell - A Team Effort

Play Structure

Earlier this year, the Nick and Lynette Rose did a bit of a remodel in their living room.

Their daughter, Cali, is 5 years old and was born with a rare genetic disorder that causes her physical and cognitive development to be at a slower pace. Despite these challenges, she continues to make great strides every day, due in part to her physical therapy. At a special school she attended, she really enjoyed playing on a structure that happened to also be great for her development. After Cali advanced from the school, the family sought to build a similar structure at their home so she could continue to grow doing something she loves.

A neighbor of the Rose's directed them to Mission Bell, and we could not say no. Our shop team used an existing structure and made adjustments to specifically meet Cali's needs. The structure has been a great success for both the family and Cali. We’re grateful to have been able to help this special family.

Mission Bell - A Team Effort

Susanna

"Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything." C.S. Lewis

While volunteering for the City of Morgan Hill, our HR Director, Bev Stenehjem, met someone whose daughter had recently passed away. When learning where Bev worked, the family asked if Mission Bell could engrave a bench in her memory. Shop Superintendent, Mike Fisher, jumped on the chance to help especially because his children had gone to school with Susanna. Teaming up with other shop members, Richard Topete, Brian Edwards, Nathan Fraley, Jose Quinteros and Lamberto Melero worked together to engrave the bench with this quote from C. S. Lewis. Now this beautiful bench honors the memory of this bright young woman, Susanna Indermitte.

Mission Bell - A Team Effort

BCC

Over a year ago, Rich Topete, Jose Quinteros and Mike Fisher began work on a sign to honor fallen SJPD Officer, Gene Simpson. This past May 2016, a group of Mission Bell employees gathered at the San Jose German Shepard Club alongside police officers, color guards and boy scouts to remember the life of this local hero. In addition to being a SJPD officer, Simpson was also a trainer at the dog club.

We appreciate the sacrifice all police officers make for the safety of our community. Gene Simpson and his family have made the ultimate sacrifice. We are in their debt.

Dave Hummer - Engineering

Susan Akers
Susan Akers

When you think of horses and kids, a birthday party usually comes to mind. This, however, is not the case for Mission Bell employee, Dave Hummer and his family’s organization, The Pregnant Mare Rescue Foundation (PMRF).

Founded in 2006 by Dave and his wife, Lynn, PMRF has been working to serve Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties to keep mares and foals out of harm's way. Dave says "Most people don't realize that when a horse is taken to auction, if not sold, usually means a trip to a slaughterhouse across US borders. We work closely with Animal Control. We rescue these horses from slaughter, rehabilitate them, and find them new homes. In 2015, we saved five pregnant mares from a seizure and abuse case out of San Martin, CA."

In ten years, over 200 equines have found a new start in life, thanks to the help from PMRF. While saving these horses was the initial goal, helping kids through various PMRF programs has become a huge part of life at the rescue. The Wonder of Horses and Pennies for PMR are just two of the programs that engage, involve, and give kids an opportunity to help horses. PMRF believes "To visit is to see, to see is to experience, and this is where change for our equines begins." Mission Bell is thrilled to see the Hummer family and our local community help these majestic animals toward a better life.

Mission Bell - A Team Effort

BCC

When Dan Alfaro of Devcon Construction reached out to Mission Bell to help fund a new soccer field for the kids of East Palo Alto, we couldn't say yes quick enough. The new soccer field is situated just between the Church of Saint Francis and Cesar Chavez Elementary School in the heart of East Palo Alto. The field provides underprivileged kids a place to spend time with mentors, coaches, and like-minded kids who need a break from the rough life that surrounds them.

The field was made possible by multiple donors, including the World Cup Organization, the San Jose Earthquakes, Devcon Construction, HOK Architects, and Mission Bell. The donations helped to build the new soccer field, equipping it with high quality turf, goal posts and nets, and high voltage lighting. This field provides a place for kids to get together to play soccer and provides a field that Saint Francis and Cesar Chavez Elementary School can rent in the evenings to adult rugby and other local sports teams. The proceeds from renting the field go directly the school's afterschool programs.

Mission Bell - A Team Effort

BCC

The Mission Bell cycling team was eager to spend the day cycling through the rolling hills of Atherton in an effort to support Bike 4 Breath. Bike 4 Breath is a non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against asthma, COPD, cancer and lung disease. Mission Bell donated 50% of the employees’ enrollment fees and costs involved with ordering the team shirts with Mission Bell’s logo (which won the team ‘Best Dressed’ at the event.) The team had a great time supporting a worthy cause. With over 400 riders and over $70,000 raised, the event was a real success!

Mission Bell - A Team Effort

BCC
BCC
BCC

In mid-2014 Amy Delson, and Principal of Strategic Facilities Planning, reached out to Mission Bell to donate casework to Bay Area Cancer Connections (BCC,) a non-profit organization where Amy was also once a client. BCC, an organization dedicated to supporting women affected by breast and ovarian cancer, needed a space where women could try on and take home various free wigs, hats, prosthetics, and garments. We were happy to be able to donate our time, craftsmanship, and materials on this project. Although, only a small part in these women’s journey, we hope that the cabinetry provides a private and beautiful space.

Susan Akers - HR Department

Susan Akers
Susan Akers

Since 2012, Susan Akers has volunteered her time in Gilroy and Morgan Hill as a La Leche League Leader, leading mother-to-mother breastfeeding support meetings and helping mothers individually to troubleshoot breastfeeding issues. Susan was recognized in Aug 2014 by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department for her outstanding work helping mothers and infants.

Guy Winslow – Project Management

Crisis Relief
Crisis Relief

On September 15, 2014 a fast moving wild fire moved through the town of Weed and destroyed one hundred homes forcing 1500 residents to evacuate. When asked if there was anything he could do, they told Guy Winslow that they needed clothes, shoes, small household items, sleeping bags, non-perishable food, and cleaning supplies. With this request, he and Rocky Martinez coordinated donations by setting up donation centers throughout Mission Bell. Mission Bell employees rallied together and donated both needed items and money. Guy drove several times up to the town to deliver the donated items.

Kevin Schaefer - Engineering

HowlOWheeln

Kevin Schaefer is an avid rider and volunteer. When the opportunity arose to combine his two passions, he was quick to sign-up. He took to the streets of Windsor at the Howl-O-Wheel'n Bike event. The proceeds from the event provided warm coats, canned food, and toys for at-risk teens and the Windsor Service Alliance food pantry. Bikers from all over come to show support and dress in their finest Halloween costumes. This year, Kevin stayed comfortable in his riding gear but jumped at the opportunity to have his picture taken with a pack of pink witches!

Mark Scianna, Bev Stenehjem, Steve Anderson, & Shelby Larios
– Preconstruction, HR, Estimating, and Marketing

Mission Bell likes to support Young Life, a non-denominational Christian ministry that reaches out to teens. Every Monday night, Mission Bell provides a space for the teens to meet and have fun in a Common Area at our facility. Each summer, Mission Bell employees donate their time and efforts at the Garlic Festival to help raise funds for the youth group.

Garlic Festival
Garlic Festival
Garlic Festival

In 2014, Mark Scianna, Steve Anderson, and Shelby Larios all volunteered their efforts at the Garlic Festival’s garlic fries and calamari booths. Both Mark and Steve manned the fryers while Shelby mixed the French fries with the seasoning they love -- garlic! They all admitted that the day was especially hot but, knowing they were there helping a great organization, made it all worthwhile.

Garlic Festival
Garlic Festival

In 2015, Mark Scianna, Bev Stenehjem, and Shelby Larios all volunteered at the Garlic Festival. This was Bev’s first year! She enthusiastically served, sporting a large garlic clove shaped hat and a friendly smile. Bev’s husband, Mark, manned the cash register and helped to keep the lines low. Mark Scianna mixed the calamari and seasoning, saying “It’s a lot harder than I imagined!” Mark’s wife, Ledonna, served calamari to all the hungry festival goers and did so making it look easy. Shelby worked the cash register and tried to put smiles on each and every customer that came her way. Shelby’s husband, Miguel, was a runner keeping all the booths stocked with all the essential items. The weather was perfect and made for an enjoyable time with the kids of Young Life and garlic lovers from around the world.

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Squish

Although we normally highlight individual employees helping out in their local communities here we couldn't resist highlighting Mission Bell donating their time & money to what we called the Squish Out Cancer project! As Mission Bell was completing the Kaiser Oakland Hospital Project we learned that one of our partners on the job, Jason Rios, with Insulation Specialties, had just found out that his son, nicknamed "Squish," had just been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Because the tumor is inoperable, Squish will be having a 60-week run of chemotherapy.

Our partners at McCarthy Building Company were so moved by his story that they jumped at the opportunity to lead the necessary renovation modifications to Squish's home to create a safe and healthy environment for him. The renovations included lighting upgrades, flooring upgrades, an outdoor play area, a dog run for his new Seeing Eye Dog, and a bath modification. Mission Bell's team in the Fixtures, Finishing, Delivery, Project Management, Production, Engineering, and Install departments all came together to help create the bath and casework renovations for Squish. We were happy to help Squish, and his family by lightening the burden a little during their long journey to recovery.

Daniel Pontier - Fixture Department

Daniel Pontier
Daniel Pontier

Daniel Pontier, our Journeyman not only does extraordinary work in our Fixture Department here at Mission Bell in Morgan Hill but, he also volunteers his time teaching preschoolers the basics of cabinetry building. With so much emphasis on technology, it's easy for kids to forget that they can build something with their hands. With people like Daniel sharing his knowledge and experience, not only do the children get to have good time learning but, some may even be inspired to become the carpenters of the future!

Jessica Lister - Accounting Department

Jessica Lister
Jessica Lister

May 2014:"I started being a troop leader for Girl Scouts as a fun activity to do with my stepdaughter. It was something I had loved when I was a girl, and I wanted the chance to volunteer for an organization that had done so much for me as a member. In Girl Scouts we focus on encouraging girls to be strong, independent, respectful, and a sister to every Girl Scout. As Girl Scouts we like to help our community. Spending time with Girl Scouts is always rewarding. I enjoy watching the girls in my troop grow into young women who have confidence and self-respect. I enjoy being a part of that."

Tim Morigeau - Information Technology Team

Tim Morigeau
Tim Morigeau

April 12, 2014:"I volunteered as an entertainer (Stand-up Comedy) at the Day for Miracles - a non-profit organization that helps autistic children by connecting them with each other, horses and other animals. My friend Mindy Sullivan is an Olympic-class horse trainer and owner of Dreamor Ranch which works with children with Autism and other special needs. Being a part of this event and bringing laughter to the people who came was a very fulfilling and fun experience."