Associates Build Community on 7th Annual Founder’s Day


​We held the 7th annual Founder's Day on Friday, April 20, with associates company-wide volunteering with local Habitat for Humanity or Rebuilding Together affiliates. This day honors our founder Gerry Rauenhorst's commitment to giving back and recognizes the day (April 22, 1953) he signed the contract for his first project—the Zion Lutheran Church in his hometown of Olivia, Minn.  

Find out what associates did across the country and in your community. 

Chicago & Milwaukee – Volunteering with Rebuilding Together, the Chicago team cleaned, painted, put up shelving, replaced damaged ceiling tiles and more at the Boys & Girls Club of West Cook County. 

Denver – The Denver team avoided forecasted bad weather and had a beautiful day volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. 

Des Moines – The Des Moines team traveled to Ames to work with Habitat for Humanity on projects in their new ReStore

Indianapolis – In Indy, the team volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and worked on the exterior of a house, including installing house wrap, framing, installing the front porch and other tasks. 

Kansas City & St. Louis – The Missouri team continued their tradition of volunteering together, this year gathering in St. Louis to partner with Habitat for Humanity. 

Minneapolis – The Minneapolis team spread out to nine sites across Minneapolis and St. Paul with Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together. (Watch news coverage of our volunteer work at Maplewood Middle School via KSTP.)

Phoenix – The Phoenix team took advantage of good weather to paint the exterior of a house for Habitat for Humanity.

This year associates collectively volunteered more than 1,800 hours on Founder's Day.

Community stewardship is at the core of our organization and has been a pillar of our organization's history from the beginning. Learn more about our commitment.