Good Job: Hypertherm congratulates 2017 Community Heroes
Though its focus is on making industrial cutting systems sold around the world, Upper Valley based Hypertherm continues to live by its mission of enriching the community and environment. To that end, all Associates receive paid time off to volunteer. This year each Associate received 32 hours, an increase of 8 hours from 2016, for community service. Still many go above and beyond, volunteering in excess of that amount while at the same time inspiring those around them to also volunteer. The Hypertherm Community Hero award recognizes those Associates. This year’s heroes are Dave Brenner, a new business development specialist, and Bubba Von Baltzer, a machine operator.
For the last nine years Dave has championed a monthly dinner at Listen Community Services in which a team of Hypertherm volunteers plan, cook, and serve a hearty dinner to approximately 100 people. Dave completely owns this volunteer event, coordinating with Listen, encouraging colleagues to volunteer, and leading a crew in the Listen kitchen on the first Friday of every month. Dave takes great care to ensure these dinners are both nutritional and flavorful, making “Dave’s dinners” the most attended Friday dinner that Listen sponsors. With 12 dinners a year, Dave quickly exhausts his 32 hours of time. Still he keeps going, volunteering on his own time to ensure people needing a hot meal don’t leave with an empty stomach.
Community Hero Bubba Von Baltzer devotes his time to efforts that keep our rivers clean for our generation and future generations to come. Bubba’s community service journey started with Hurricane Irene. The devastation left behind after the storm inspired Bubba into action as he helped Vermonters clean-up and rebuild their homes, businesses, and communities. For the last several years, Bubba has championed Hypertherm’s participation in the Connecticut River Conservancy’s annual Source to Sea Cleanup. Bubba’s enthusiasm for our rivers combined with his natural leadership qualities have helped Hypertherm’s Source to Sea volunteer base grow from three Associates in 2013 to more than 40 today. In addition, his passion for our community’s natural resources has enabled him to successfully recruit fellow Associates to volunteer at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and Claremont’s Moody Park.
In addition to its Community Service Time program, Hypertherm’s philanthropic work extends to the Hypertherm Owners’ Philanthropic Endeavors (HOPE) Foundation. This public foundation supports many nonprofit organizations throughout the Upper Valley. Learn more about the foundation and how you can support its strategic funding areas of STEM and Substance Use Disorder by visiting www.HyperthermHOPEFoundation.org.