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RailWorks at Work to Help Others

RailWorks safety professionals built and donated bicycles for children in New York, and employees who had gathered in Minnesota for a leadeship meeting took time to package meals that would be shipped to hungry children.

When RailWorks employees gather, they get down to business, and it is not unusual for that business to be aimed at helping others.

They might take time for children, like they did in October at their annual Safety Summit, when they assembled bicycles to be given to deserving kids.  About 20 safety professionals participated in a team-building competition to see which of four teams could assemble a bicycle the fastest. Then, after racing the bikes to ensure they performed well, the group presented the bicycles to Susan Wisnewski, executive director of the North Shore Boys & Girls Club of Glen Head, N.Y., for donation to youth in the area.

RailWorks employees in Minnesota for the annual Leadership meeting demonstrated the same great teamwork that makes our rail projects a success. But instead of building track, signals & communications or transit systems, their endeavor produced 124,172 meals, enough to feed 67 hungry children for an entire year.  A group of 65 employees representing RailWorks Corporation and subsidiary companies in the United States and Canada took an afternoon away from meetings on September 22 to work at the Eagan, Minn., site of Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate starvation in children throughout the world.

No doubt that group got the idea from the RailWorks employees working in Minnesota who have begun making FMSC a part of their annual holiday-season activities.  Employees from the RailWorks Track Systems’ Lakeville and Central Corridor Light Rail Transit offices along with some family members have gathered the past two Decembers at Feed My Starving Children to package food. They celebrated a year of hard work, but not before investing couple of hours of packaging meals bound to feed hungry children around the world. 

In New York, the corporate office is also engaged in annual holiday-season giving. Employees there donated a large box of toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots campaign.  And they contributed about a dozen coats for the annual New York Cares effort to supply coats for New Yorkers who need them.

“RailWorks employees are not shy about telling us what they like to do,” says Human Resources Vice President Harry Glantz.  “While these group activities are often looked upon as ‘team building,’ they accomplish much more.  Working together as a team to help others just makes everyone feel good and produces the biggest smiles on our employees’ faces!  These are opportunities to give back to the communities in which we live and work.” 

RailWorks employees are always on the lookout for opportunities to help other people, and it’s often their fellow workers who are the beneficiaries.  At PNR RailWorks, the Signals & Communications and Track divisions in Guelph held a cookout and raffle to aid a friend going through cancer treatments.  Employees joined in from throughout Ontario.  And in Alpharetta, Ga., coworkers rallied behind a RailWorks Track Systems employee who lost his home and possessions in a December fire.  They gathered gift cards, money and clothing for the employee, his wife and three young children.

The next time you notice the corporate tag line “RailWorks at Work,” you’ll know that “work” is not only about building track and transit lines; it’s also about building a stronger team as well as fostering a culture of caring.

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