KELLER (CBSDFW.COM) – More than a hundred volunteers stepped away from their desk jobs, rolled up their sleeves, and went to work on a North Texas ranch, Tuesday.
Executives and employees at Southlake-based Sabre Industries kicked off their “Give Time Together” campaign, by volunteering at Rocky Top Ranch and Therapy Center in Keller.
“We’re going to help clean up the facility,” said Ron Wettig, who works in Sabre’s financial department. “Do a lot of work cleaning up brush, cleaning out the barns, staining, painting, it’s our way of giving back to the community.”
Sabre CEO Sam Gilliand is proud of the employees. “We’re a bunch of hard workers. Last year we contributed 24,000 hours of volunteer time.”
The Rocky Top Therapy Center provides rehabilitation services for physically, mentally and emotionally challenged individuals, as well as at-risk children and military veterans.
“You name it, they [Sabre volunteers] roll up their sleeves and get after it,” said ranch owner Doug Newton. “We are a non-profit in the true sense of the word. We are very dependent on support.”
Established in 1990, Rocky Top is a Premier Accredited Riding Center employing 14 people and providing services for more than 1,500 clients.
“Sabre has been one of our most devote groups that comes out every year with a 100 to 200 people,” said Newton. “It would be impossible, we could not afford or raise enough money to do some of the things they do.”
Sabre officials say the Give Time Together campaign is the largest global company initiative that has employees collectively volunteering around the globe.
“We’re part of the community, and the community has been good to us,” Wettig said, “and we feel like it’s our job to give back to the community.”
Rocky Top Horse Therapy center holds a special place in Wettig’s heart. His oldest daughter, who is now 21, has special needs and went to the center as a child.
“Very early on she had extreme sensory defensiveness, sound and touch really bothered her,” he remembered. “Probably in about two to three years most of that sensory defensiveness was gone. The things that we all take for granted were really a challenge for her, and this helped her overcome that.”
Because the ranch helped his family, Wettig is now helping them in return.
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