As firm believers in making a difference to our local communities through teamwork, Lucite International (LI) has been a long-term supporter of United Way in the USA – a national non-profit organisation comprised of volunteers, contributors and local charities.

Recently, a team from our Lucite Center and Fite Road sites got involved in one of United Way’s major endeavours by taking part in the charity’s ‘Day of Caring’ event. The event has become a high-anticipated yearly opportunity for employees to take a few hours out of their week to serve a local organisation in need.  This year, they enjoyed a beautiful day working outside and completing various task and chores for the Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy.

Pictured: our ‘Day of Caring’ volunteers.

Southern Reins provides equine therapy to children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities and hardships.  Participants in equine therapy and activities have seen results and improvements in cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being.  The organisation’s compassionate vision and focus to help improve the quality of life for individuals with hardships were one of the main reasons this non-profit was chosen.

Our volunteers jumped right in, helping clean the 14,000 square foot arena, painting porch railings, cleaning horse stalls, washing equipment and painting the letters of the alphabet on signs for use in the upcoming season of therapy sessions.

We spoke to some of the volunteers, fresh from completing their various tasks :

“My decision to volunteer this year was influenced by Southern Reins.  It was so inspiring to help prepare for the unique interactions they provide to the people with special needs in our community while learning about the horses and their success stories.  I also enjoyed being able to work outside.”  – Gwen McCarty, Monomers Data Analyst

“I really enjoyed my day volunteering at Southern Reins!  I am so excited to know that I was able to help create something that will be useful in their therapy sessions.  All the volunteers and therapists we met were so nice and appreciative of our help.”  Dee Ann Van Hoeck, Asset Accountant

Some volunteers enjoyed the experience so much that they are considering returning to Southern Reins to join its volunteer group:

“I enjoyed the experience and hope that our few hours of helping with some physical chores enabled them more time to focus on their purpose and why they are there. I also hope that the work we accomplished will help to enhance the experience of the people they serve. Both my wife and I are considering volunteering to this very worthy cause.”  Phil Ambers, Procurement Analyst

Jill Haag, Southern Reins’ Executive Director, thanked our team by saying:

“We close the facility for the summer due to the heat.  It’s just too hot for the horses.  Being closed for those few months allows us time to clean and prep during for the fall therapy sessions.  There is so much to do that we can’t do it all ourselves.  We are so grateful to the volunteers from Lucite International for helping us!”