At AdamsGabbert, involvement in the community is a crucial gene in the company’s DNA.
In fact, community service runs so deeply through AdamsGabbert’s veins that it’s ingrained in the company’s mission statement, which reads: “To keep our promises to our associates, clients and community.”
Following the strong example set by CEO Denise Kruse, who possesses a personal passion for giving back, associates at AdamsGabbert keep their promise to the community by donating both time and money to at least one organization every quarter in a company-organized day of service. Over the past year, these commitments, as well as other individual efforts, have totaled an impressive sum of 1,800-plus volunteer hours.
“I think you can go to work every day and just do your job and be done,” says Stacy Rose, account manager at AdamsGabbert, while describing the company’s policy on community service. “But, for us associates, it just provides an extra incentive of knowing how important it is to give back to the community. Many companies don’t emphasize that importance.”
Annually, AdamsGabbert participates in community service initiatives like United Way, Harvester’s Community Food Network and Niles Home for Children. In April, associates spent their day working in the No Till Organic Garden at Niles Home for Children, which provides fresh produce for kids at the home and throughout the community. Despite incessant rain and an abundance of mud, the staff had a memorable time getting their hands dirty while making a difference.
Though AdamsGabbert values all of its volunteering partners, the company maintains a special relationship with United Way, participating in the Annual Giving Campaign every year since 2003. AdamsGabbert has been named to the United Way’s Circle of Caring every year since 2005, and associate participation in the Campaign reached 98 percent last year. In 2013, the United Way nominated the company as a Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Top 10 Small Business of the Year.
Finally, individual staff involvement in the community also forms an impressive front, as the AdamsGabbert roster boasts co-founders of organizations such as Leverage KC and win|win as well as members of organizations like Autism Speaks and the Central Exchange.
“The community is such an integral part of who AdamsGabbert is, how we do business and even how we make decisions,” states Rose. “Without that whole community effort, we just wouldn’t be the company that we are.”