While residents in South Carolina are working to recover and rebuild after the historic flooding that took place earlier this month, everyone at WSC is continuing to pray for those without homes, those who lost loved ones and all other victims affected by this disaster. Located on the Gulf Coast, WSC is all too familiar with this type of devastation and the long road to recovery the people of South Carolina are facing now. This tragedy also hits a little closer to home for us as we have employees currently living and working in South Carolina, as well as a project currently in progress in Columbia. Of course, the damage we have experienced has been very minimal compared to the thousands of people, families and businesses that have been affected by this terrible situation.
In the time we've spent working in South Carolina, our company has built excellent relationships with the local municipalities and other businesses in the area, and we want to do all we can to be good neighbors and support our friends in need. Some of our employees living in South Carolina and experiencing the devastation first-hand have been volunteering with their families and others in the area by helping move families, bringing food, repairing homes and doing whatever they can to lend assistance. They have also called on our employees here in Mobile to help in any way they can by donating money, food, water, materials, tools, etc.
In addition to the individual efforts of our employees, White-Spunner Construction is making a $2,000 donation to the American Red Cross to assist with disaster relief efforts. According to the organization's website, the Red Cross has mobilized more than 800 workers, 56 response vehicles and shelter supplies for 5,000 people since the floods began. If you would like to make a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, please visit www.redcross.org/donate/weather.
Pictured below: WSC representatives Amy Anderson (left) and Jamie Montgomery (right) presented a check for $2,000 to Linda Crowell, Major Gift Officer for the American Red Cross South Alabama Chapter.
The 6th Annual WSR Fishing Day was a great success! White-Spunner Realty sponsors this event each year for the Boys & Girls Club of South Alabama. This year's event was held Saturday, June 20 at Weeks Bay Reserve. WSC would like to thank Brandon Miller, Josh Dindo, Thomas Cotton, Joey Rice and Todd Amos for volunteering their time to help with this event!
WSC would like to welcome Todd Amos to our team. Todd is interning with us this summer as a project/estimating assistant.
Todd grew up in Mobile where he attended McGill Toolen High School. He is currently studying Building Science at Auburn University and will graduate in May 2016. Upon graduation, Todd plans to pursue a career in construction management. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, mechanics and restorations.
This spring season has been a busy time for all of us here at White-Spunner Construction. Not only is our project list growing, but we have also been blessed with opportunities to continue giving back to our community.
WSC was a participant in Government Street Christian School's Career Day on Friday, April 24th. A few of our employees volunteered their time to speak to the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at the school about potential careers in the construction industry. The students were able to interact by asking questions and viewing examples of some well-known projects we have completed in the Mobile area. They were also given the opportunity to try on safety gear such as harnesses, hard hats, glasses, gloves and vests.
WSC was also honored to help fund the AIA Mobile Chapter's Service Project for Victory Teaching Farm in midtown Mobile. Originally scheduled to take place April 18, the workday for this project was rescheduled for Saturday, April 25 which caused a lower turnout than expected. However, the project was still a huge success as the crew was able to help with 3 large raise beds and two potting tables, set two outdoor veggie sinks and lay 162 concrete pavers - all of which was completed in about five hours!
White-Spunner Construction would like to thank Government Street Christian School and the AIA Mobile Chapter for giving us the opportunity to teach kids about careers in the construction industry and for allowing us to help out with construction needs for a local nonprofit organization in our community!
This week (March 23-27) is National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. Alabama Struck-By Alliance will be using this week to publicize potential dangers to workers and motorists in highway work zones and is asking that companies throughout Alabama participate in a "Safety Stand Down" focusing on work zone safety by hosting a tool box talk anytime during the week. The theme for this year's National campaign is "Expect the Unexpected."
White-Spunner Construction has pledged to take part in this year's Safety Stand Down and will be holding mandatory tool box talks to discuss work zone safety and distracted driving at all our job sites. Although we aren't road builders, our company does plenty of work next to roadways, we have friends or family that work for road building companies, and all of us frequently drive through areas of road work. The men and women working in these areas are mothers, fathers, sons or daughters and deserve the respect from all of us to slow down and help keep them safe.
However, it's not just the workers in these road work zones that we need to protect. From 2004-2013, there were more than 5,500 work zone crashes in Alabama resulting in injuries and 232 fatal crashes. Four out of five fatalities in work zone accidents are drivers and passengers. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of these crashes, and the three main types of distractions are visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel) or cognitive (not paying attention to what you're doing). While all distractions can endanger drivers and others, texting is the most alarming because it involves all three types of distractions (visual, manual and cognitive).
Some tips to remember while driving through a work zone include:
The 26th Annual American Cancer Society Chili Cookoff was a huge success! The event, presented by Trax Tire Pros, was held at The Grounds on Saturday, March 7 and raised more than $170,000 to support the ACS's fight against cancer. More than 15,000 people came out to try the wide variety of chili recipes from the 75 teams competing for Best Chili in Mobile.
The competition definitely saw some interesting recipes with unique ingredients such as elk, snapping turtle and kangaroo. WSC's Chicken Chili recipe placed us on this year's leaderboard, but the overall winner of the Chili Cookoff was Faulkner State Community College.
This event is highly anticipated each year among White-Spunner employees, and we always have a blast being able to enjoy some great food with our friends and family while supporting a great cause.
WSC would like to welcome back Amy Anderson as our Human Resources Consultant. Amy previously worked for WSC as Human Resources Director from 2006-2009. She is currently consulting for White-Spunner Realty, Inc. as well.
Amy grew up in Mobile and attended Baker High School. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College in 1997. Prior to her first few years at WSC, Amy spent her HR career in the healthcare industry and worked at Providence Hospital for 15 years. She has spent the last five years working as Vice President of Human Resources for a local rehabilitation management company.
Amy’s husband, Robert, is a Manager at Trax Tire Auto Service Center. They have two sons, Noah who is nine years old and Jonah who is seven. Amy’s hobbies include reading, singing, outdoor sports with her boys and college football.
The demonstration was a perfect example of how stress is created. Many of us have a routine we follow every day, similar to the pattern in which the balls were thrown. Now imagine each item on your daily to do list as another ball being added to the circle. As your list grows, it becomes harder and harder to juggle everything at once and eventually it becomes too much for one person to handle.
Following the demonstration, Ross went over a few strategies that have been proven to reduce stress including body relaxation such as breathing techniques and guided imagery, physical exercise such as yoga and other workout routines, meditation and counseling. Effectively managing stress can yield several benefits including improved physical health, increased energy, stabilized emotions, a more positive attitude, happier moods, improved focus and ability to learn and achieve. Some other helpful tips for managing stress include changing perceptions and expectations, breaking tasks into manageable parts, setting reasonable and realistic goals, avoiding procrastination, setting boundaries, refusing to compromise values, and scheduling some personal time for yourself to relax.
This was a very fun and imformative lunch and learn for our employees, and we plan to have several more sessions like this throughout the year. Our goal at WSC is to provide our employees with plenty of opportunities to learn more about safety, health and wellness and to remain knowledgable and up to date on topics, techniques, trends and changes within our industry.