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Helping our Neighbors (Guest Post) - Robinson Industries

A good Samaritan is someone who reaches out to lend a helping hand to their neighbors in need. Our neighbors aren’t necessarily limited to the people who just live next door. They are the people all around us, and I believe a good Samaritan helps their “neighbors” no matter who they are. Growing up in the small town of Beaverton, MI, I have seen this type of giving throughout my life. Being raised in a single stop light town with just over 1,300 people, school organizations rely heavily on donations to support programs. Robinson Industries has played a major role in my life through various donations they have made to the softball programs that I am a part of. Robinson Industries has always found a way to help Beaverton High School sports programs such as donating towards new hitting facilities, covering equipment costs and providing new uniforms.

In August, I started my senior year and have begun to transition out of the “athlete” role and into the workforce. I am a co-op at Robinson Industries, our neighbor from one town over and am now able to give back to younger students who are going through the same programs. I went from benefiting from these donations to working for the company that provided them. It feels good to be able to give back to those who have helped me along the way.

A good Samaritan’s philosophy is based on inclusion, not exclusion. As Robinson Industries has reached out to help others, myself included, they have demonstrated that helping others should be done so with one thought in mind – what is the need – with little concern for who. The numerous ways Robinson Industries has helped the local sports programs have made a difference. It’s allowed young athletes to continue to work hard and get better at the sport they love. Robinson Industries cares about its community and I am proud to work for such a great company.

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Cadence Augustine is currently a senior at Beaverton High School and plans to study engineering at Michigan State University upon graduation. Cadence has played travel softball for seven years and has been a member of the varsity team since her freshman year. She is president of the Beaverton High School’s National Honor Society and part of Leo Club.

Contributors

Ronda Robinson Ronda Robinson Marketing Manager

The granddaughter of company founders Fred and Ardis Robinson, Ronda Robinson is committed to growing the family business. An employee since 1981, Ronda began her career at Robinson Industries in sales and now works as the company’s marketing manager. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Kennedy Shea Kennedy square2 Marketing Coordinator

Kennedy Shea began working at Robinson Industries at age 16, having held many different positions over the years. In 2018, she joined Robinson full-time as operations liaison. Kennedy earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Northwood University in 2017 with a major in marketing and a minor in management. She completed her MBA from the Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management in 2018.