The Good Stuff, Vol. 75

The Good Stuff, Vol. 75

Welcome to “The Good Stuff”, where we highlight positive news and ways that NAED employees and member companies go above and beyond to give back to their communities! If you have some “Good Stuff” that you would like to share with tED, find out how below.

Today we’re looking at two employee-owners of Van Meter:

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Van Meter is celebrating employee-owners Paul Stephens and Rich Woods for completing their 95-mile “Hope Hike,” by walking from Van Meter’s Davenport branch to its headquarters in Cedar Rapids. The hike raised more than $5,000 for Van Meter’s HOPE fund, which supports employee-owners going through difficult times, and raised awareness around mental health issues and veteran support.

Rich (left) and Paul (right) feeling good on Day 1

“I don’t think our veterans always get the care and recognition they deserve, so this was an opportunity to bring more awareness to that,” said Stephens.

Woods, a member of the Donahue, IA, fire department, said he learned about the mental health issues first responders often deal with and wanted people to know that it’s okay and healthy to talk about what they are going through.

Van Meter is also celebrating 95 years in business, and as part of its health and wellness program, it is incentivizing its employee-owners to walk 95 miles this year. Stephens and Woods decided to tackle it in a weekend and do some good at the same time.

“There’s nothing you can’t accomplish if you put your mind, heart and soul into it,” said Stephens. “If we hadn’t gotten the HOPE fund involved, I probably would have talked myself out of it, but don’t ever sell yourself short.”

Their families followed along to provide them with food, water, and other essentials. Both say they could not have done it without the support of their family, co-workers, and community.

They don’t have definitive plans to walk 100 miles in five years for Van Meter’s 100th Anniversary, but they welcome suggestions, encourage others to raise awareness for these causes, and plan to support efforts to continue spreading hope.

To learn the whole story of their journey, visit the Van Meter blog.


Find more “Good Stuff” articles here on tEDmag.com.

tED wants to know about your “Good Stuff”. If you work with someone who is helping other people, or a group of co-workers that’s creating better outcomes, we want to know about it.

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