When we built Aqua Vita, we did so around a core set of values that were important to us as human beings and as a company. One of those values that we do our best to practice in both our personal and professional lives is community service.

Michelle at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
Michelle at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma for a Rotary volunteer day

Even before we were Aqua Vita, we were volunteering in our communities. Michelle, Jonathan, and Jessica have all been members of Tulsa Southside Rotary since 2008 and on the board at various times during the past decade (include as president, in Jonathan’s case), and Rotary International is the largest service organization in the world.

In the past, we’ve helped kids get immunized and every year we deliver dictionaries to Tulsa third graders, and helped sort food at our local food pantry. And our newer members are joining Rotary as well, carrying on a family tradition.

This past weekend, Jonathan and Jessica volunteered at Unite My City, which was a city-wide volunteer project aimed at bringing people from all over Tulsa together. Jessica and Jonathan volunteered in the children’s play area while parents and other community members cleaned up the park, a local church, and several apartment complexes.

Last month, our New Mexico team—Cindi, Cherith, and James—went on a mission trip with their church to help out at the Rancho 3M Orphanage in Chihuahua, Mexico. There, they helped refurbish and upgrade the old air conditioners in their dorms, school, and office, worked with the older kids to bring in 10 acres’ worth of hay, and organized the orphanage’s donations building.

Whether you look at it as giving back to the community or paying it forward to the next generation, the point is that we’re all in this together. The old saying about how no person is an island is true: none of us would be here if someone else hadn’t helped us out before. Finding ways to return that favor is one of the best things we can do, not only as businesspeople, but as human beings sharing this planet.

And that’s one of the things that, as a company, we’re most proud of.