Not all heroes wear capes; some of them are our very own coworkers who diligently give up their time to help others. Brian Olsen, ready-mix driver from North Chicago, is one of those heroes.
If you ask Brian why he has committed himself to a life of service, he’ll tell you it’s because he firmly believes that if everyone did a little bit in their community, the world would be a better place to live. “In my opinion it’s a better way to live,” said Brian. “I continuously ask myself how can I be of help to someone else.”
Ozinga has been a large part of Brian’s life, and he credits the company for his long track record of volunteering. Brian says despite having a full-time job as a driver, he’s fortunate to have the time to get involved.
One of the Jaycee’s biggest fundraisers is called the Venetian Festival, a five-day music festival with a carnival, which Brian says he never misses. “It’s such a fun event for the whole family and the money we raise goes right back into the community,” said Brian.
In years past, Ozinga has sponsored some of the Jaycee’s events and even donated concrete to help build a local dog park. “Ozinga comes through for us when we need them,” said Brian.
The Jaycees also put on an annual golf fundraiser and Ozinga helps out as a sponsor. Those funds go to three different food pantries in time for Thanksgiving and to the local school district in time for Christmas to help buy gifts for children in need.
Brian says he is touched by the generous spirit of the company when it comes to giving back. “I’m fortunate to be in a position where I can give back; it’s also nice to know my company cares about the community like I do.”