For 11 years now, a local CPA firm has been making a difference. Eide Bailly has more than 100 employees in Sioux Falls, and a large number of them were out getting their hands dirty Thursday.
It’s a new kind of work for some of these volunteers.
“You use muscles that us accountants don’t normally get to use, so it’s good to use some of that stuff,” said Stacy Erdmann, volunteer from Eide Bailly.
Eide Bailly employees teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to fix up three homes in the Sioux Falls area. Dozens of workers were busy painting, trimming trees and planting flowers.
“We kind of mix up the teams so we have different departments and different levels, so I’m working with people that I normally wouldn’t work with and getting to know them a lot better,” said Abigail Brandenburger, volunteer from Eide Bailly.
It’s a lot more than a team building exercise. This day of service is also changing the lives of homeowners, like Robin Talsma.
“One of my neighbors had suggested to them that I needed some help. And she came out and we talked. I didn’t expect all this,” said Robin Talsma, homeowner.
Talsma tells us she’s had a lot of medical troubles over the year. So much so, she can’t even mow her own lawn, let alone do big yard projects. She was thinking of moving, but with two dogs and a cat that wasn’t really an option.
“Oh thank you so much. My dogs are happy they don’t have to leave their yard. It means a lot. It really does,” said Talsma.
“It’s really fun to see, and when the homeowners come out and see the happy looks on their face, it makes it all worth while,” said Erdmann.
“I’m just really excited to see the finished product at this house and the other two houses we’re working on,” said Brandenburger.
“It looks good. They even changed the color of the paint. It looks good,” said Talsma.
Habitat For Humanity is always looking for more groups to do projects during the work week.