“It seems to us that, along with good fortune, comes the inherent responsibility to share it with others.”
– Dusty Hoyt, A.W. Hastings & Co. President
At A.W. Hastings & Co. we believe it is a privilege to give back to the communities where we live and work. A deep philanthropic sense dates back to the inception of our company in 1846. We continuously seek out ways in which we can make a positive impact at the corporate level, through T.E.A.M., our employee-driven organization, and through individual employee efforts as well.
Giving Back at the Corporate Level
Charitable giving has been ingrained in our culture for more than 150 years. One way in which we have done this is by serving as whole house sponsors for a Habitat for Humanity building project in Springfield, MA. Our goal in participating in the program was to have each and every employee touch the project in some way. They were encouraged to do this by volunteering at the jobsite and by participating in one – or more – of the many fundraising activities we held to help support the project. These included a very successful golf tournament, bag lunches, raffles and more.
When employees volunteered at the jobsite, A.W. Hastings ownership strengthened our support of their efforts by donating $100 to the project for each day an employee volunteered.
Following the completion of the home we sponsored, we were so honored to receive the President’s Circle Award from the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity organization. The award is given to a longstanding community partner whose ongoing support helps the organization meet its mission of eradicating housing poverty in the region by providing homeownership opportunities to local families in need.
“Raising the funds, and building the home on Carew Street, was a wonderful-yet-grueling experience that worked to bring us all closer as a company,” said Dusty Hoyt, the president of A.W. Hastings, about our experience working with Habitat for Humanity. “We certainly got more than we gave.”
Our commitment to Habitat for Humanity continues today. We participated in a “Build Blitz” by donating windows, and their installation, in 2012 after a devastating tornado ripped through parts of Western Massachusetts.
We also support our community through our involvement in Project Homefront, a nonprofit organization founded by AmeriCares to assist people in Connecticut in rehabilitating their homes. Our ongoing support of Project Homefront has included two “Hastings Only” projects in which we donated and installed new windows and storm doors, rebuilt a deck and built a wheelchair ramp, and completed minor repairs.
In addition to our work with nonprofit organizations which address housing concerns, we provide assistance to local schools, including Enfield High School and Enfield’s Fermi High School.
Each year, we invite students from the schools’ Architectural Drafting program to join us at A.W. Hastings to learn about our industry. The visit includes a presentation and tutorial on design software, an overview of modern window technologies, including a discussion about fiberglass and sustainability, and product demonstration and review of the career opportunities in the industry.
This video captures the students’ visit in May of 2012.
Other ways in which we support our community include our collaboration with the Business Program at Bay Path College in Longmeadow, MA where we work to provide students with real-world business knowledge along with an inside look at our company. In past years, the students had the opportunity to partner with A.W. Hastings for a marketing research project, with company personnel attending their final presentations. An article in the Hartford Business Journal details the students’ experience.
A.W. Hastings also proudly supports a number of other community organizations including: the Asnuntuck Community College Murder Mystery Dinner, Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary, Johnson Memorial Hospital 100th Anniversary, Enfield Police Union, CT Police Chiefs Union, the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund, Peace Package Drive for Our Troops, and many others.
Together Everyone Achieves More – or T.E.A.M. – is our employee organization which is funded by employee payroll deductions. These donations are then matched by A.W. Hastings.
Through T.E.A.M., Hastings has participated in three major fundraising efforts in recent years. We call these “The Big 3” and they include: Bike and Hike the Berkshires, to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Walk to End Alzheimer’s, to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association; and Rays of Hope: A Walk Toward the Cure for Breast Cancer.
Each year, our employees take part in a variety of programs that raise money for “The Big 3.” These programs include: raffles, lunches, tag sales and car washes, to name a few.
During the holiday season, T.E.A.M. will often hold an Adopt-a-Family holiday gift drive; “adopting” a family or two from the Town of Enfield and seeing to it that the children have gifts for the holidays. We obtain the “wish lists” of the children and then individual employees purchase exactly what the children requested. The wrapped gifts are then delivered to each family in time for the holiday.
Another way in which T.E.A.M. makes a difference in the lives of children in need is through our P.J. Drive which benefits the Pajama Program. Employees purchase new pajamas, or children’s books, or make cash donation to benefit local children in need, many of whom are awaiting adoption. In one recent year, 90 pair of pajamas and more than $200 worth of children’s books were purchased by T.E.A.M.
Over the years, Hastings’ individual employees have continuously shown a generous spirit by participating in charitable events for their favorite causes, and by giving of their own time and money. T.E.A.M supports these efforts as well by matching employee-raised donations (up to $75) for all kinds of causes and events.
Charities supported over the past several years include:
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- American Red Cross
- ARC of Enfield
- Autism Speaks
- Chartier Education Fund
- Community Christian School
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society
- Enfield Food Shelf
- Enfield High School Safe Grad Program
- Enfield Loaves & Fishes
- Eric Thepsiri Fund
- Fermi Boys’ Soccer Booster Club
- Home & Community Health Services Hospice
- Jimmy Fund
- Jonathan P. Gove Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
- Komen Connecticut
- Link to Libraries
- March of Dimes
- Nicholas Ritchie Fund
- Norman Family Fund
- Norris Cotton Cancer Center
- Pajama Program
- Ralph Clark Fund
- Regional Food Bank of NE NY
- VT Special Olympics
- Literacy Volunteers of Northern Connecticut – 6th Annual Scrabble Challenge for Literacy
- Haiti Relief and Development
- Western MA Tornado Relief Fund
- …And more
Hastings’ many charitable initiatives offer ample opportunity for our employees to make a difference! Since its inception in 2001, T.E.A.M. has contributed more than $125,000 to the charities we support and we’ll continue our commitment to giving back to the communities where we live and work. This is the Hastings’ tradition.
Please take a moment to watch our video which captures just a few of our charitable activities and the people who make it possible.