Update: Backpacks of Hope

Written by: Patrick Keiser, Corporate Trainer & Recruiter 

An organization’s core values can sometimes be seen as nice words, but unreflective of the company itself. However, when OneCoast speaks into a desire to make a difference in the community, this is truly embodied by the company and its employees.  This summer’s Backpacks of Hope initiative was a perfect example of how an organization working together can make a tremendous difference in a community.

Through the Backpacks of Hope initiative, OneCoast worked with Ethel Kight Elementary school in LaGrange, GA, Nathan Adams Elementary in Dallas, TX and Wendell P. Williams Elementary in Las Vegas, NV to provide backpacks and school supplies for the schools and students.  While backpacks, pencils, markers and glue can seem like basic necessities within a classroom, they are often not provided by the school, and are the burden is left on the teacher or student to provide.  In many areas, this means the classroom goes with basic school supplies.

The response to this year’s initiative was absolutely incredible.  In addition to receiving extraordinarily generous donations from our vendor partners DEMDACO and C.R. Gibson, OneCoast employees donated thousands of dollars of supplies at each show. This year, we also set up an online Wishlist which people could purchase from and send items to our showrooms. In creating this, we figured this would allow people to participate without worrying about filing up their luggage when they traveled to the show.

What we didn’t account for, and were blown away by, was the number of people who typically don’t attend one of the shows, but still wanted to participate. This gave them an avenue to do just that.  Prior to the beginning of each show this summer, we received notifications that the donation bins within the OneCoast and DEMDACO showrooms were already full, and the showroom managers were having to store the extra supplies elsewhere. Not a bad problem to have.

With school starting back up over the next several weeks, these schools are just beginning to see the impact of our donations. When our supplies were dropped off, many hugs were given and tears were shed demonstrating the power of the donations on these schools.  Ethel Kight Elementary has since used our donations for their annual Back to School Bash to provide supplies to students. Wendell P Williams Elementary was also able to provide brand new supplies to all of their new teachers’ classrooms.  By alleviating the burden put on educators to provide supplies for their classroom, we can allow them to focus their energies on providing exciting educational opportunities for their students.  In this way, OneCoast is making an enormous difference in these communities.

Kickin’ Up Dust in Dallas!

TEXASIf you haven’t heard, there are big (and messy) things going on in the OneCoast Dallas Showroom. If you walked past, you would hear hammers, drills, laughing and great designs going to work. OneCoast is ramping up the Dallas showroom for the summer shows!

We were able to snag David Brogna, OneCoast Showroom Manager, to pick his brain about what’s what in the new showroom!

This is what he had to say:

Q: Why did OneCoast decide to renovate the Dallas showroom?

DB: The building is so old and we have not done any major renovations in the Dallas showroom. It was time for a fresh look.

Q: What is the very first step you took in this renovation process?

DB: Design & Demo.

Q: What excites you about this reno?

DB: It feels like a new Showroom. I am most excited to for the Vendors and our customers to see the showroom. The only thing that is the same is the physical location of our showroom.

Q: Were there any unexpected challenges you faced during the reno process?

DB: Many…. But nothing that we could work around and overcome.

Q: On the flip side, were there any wonderful surprises?

DB: Yes. Because of the many obstacles that we ran into, we had to redesign certain spaces that turned out better than the original design. A great example is the front entrance and desk.

Q: What can we expect to see in later this month when you unveil the “new” showroom?

DB: The showroom seems to flow a lot better. We have drive aisles throughout the showroom so All the vendor are very accessible.

Q: Will vendor space be allocated differently (moved to a different part of the showroom)?

DB: YES!  Every vendor has move to a new space in the showroom.


What to check out in person? Stop by the Dallas Market Center #256 starting next Monday, June 22!