When it was time for Garmann Miller to adapt its strategic plan to set the course of our future, it was clear that one core value should be omnipresent: Enhance lives. In all areas of our operation, the focus and purpose of why we exist must center on this underlying priority. It’s been at the foundation of our firm for 30 years, and it continues to motivate us to positively affect the communities we serve.
A permanent fixture in Garmann Miller’s philanthropic efforts is our own Game Changers committee. Established in 2019 as part of the enhancing lives strategic priority, this internal group of helping hands leads volunteer efforts and oversees how the firm gives back throughout the year.
“Our efforts go beyond designing four walls and shaping spaces,” said Becky Baumer, GM’s director of interior design and Game Changer’s leader. “It’s about being a true community partner to improve how people work, live and play in our environments.”
In 2022, Garmann Miller team members donated 156 volunteer hours. At GM, each employee is allotted eight hours of paid volunteer time annually. Collectively, our firm touches over 100 organizations each year with time, talent and treasure.
Places where the Game Changers pitched in this year included The New Path food pantry in Tipp City, the Salvation Army of Springfield, an organized blood drive for the American Red Cross, Do Good Ministry’s Carnival and Our Home Family Resource Center.
This holiday season, Garmann Miller employees participated in Our Home’s Angel Tree Program, held Dec. 9 at Celina First Church of God, during which 36 tags were fulfilled. Volunteers on-site gave their time as hostesses, gift wrappers and other roles to help families in need. Local organizations come together to purchase toys, clothes and groceries, during which over 700 kids receive some joy at Christmas.
Enhancing lives has been a priority for Garmann Miller since our founding in 1993, and it will continue to be as we look to the new year and our 30-year milestone.
“It means stepping back from your day-to-day operations and asking where we’re headed, what our priorities should be and what impact we want to have,” said CEO Eric Baltzell.