Our business began as a gift from one friend to another, so it seemed only logical that we should give back to our community.
First and foremost, we do our best to be the kind of business that helps sustain a healthy community: skillful, fair, kind, and honest. We show up on time, work safely and quickly, and make sure we give people good value for their investment. We aim for perfection, but when we make a mistake we apologize and make things right. Our employees earn an average of 25% more than the industry standard, receive full coverage health insurance and seasonal bonuses, and can take advantage of college tuition reimbursement after one year of employment.
But we also reach out to others to make a difference. Our strongest relationship is with the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City, a home-away-from-home for families who have a critically-ill child receiving medical care at University of Iowa Hospitals. We sponsor their annual Spring Run/Walk (you’ll find us at the finish line, handing out water and Gatorade), and occasionally cook dinner for families in residence at the house; our own Roger Hughes’s pizza was a big hit last time.
We’ve also worked on Habitat for Humanity builds, performed at-cost moves for local non-profits, and secretly sponsored at least one mysterious public art installation. (If you’ve ever seen the three faces in the east-bound lane of Interstate 80 in Iowa City, painted by the phenomenal California artist John Cerney, then you know what mysterious art installation we’re referring to.) For a bit of fun, in 2016, we sponsored the University of Iowa’s club cycling program. If you’re a rider too, you can still pick up a team kit (with our logo of course!) at the locally-owned World of Bikes.
Our work in the community, and in the wider world, connects us to and deepens our relationships with the people we meet. It challenges us and makes us a little bolder, a little kinder, and a little less self-centered than we ordinarily tend to be. It makes all our lives a little bit better. We think that’s why, almost without fail, volunteering in the community is what our coworkers say they enjoy most about the Spine.
If you’d like to find ways to volunteer in our area, check out the United Way of Johnson County’s web site, which is filled with great ways to get involved.