Don Anderson, Mayor of the City of Lakewood, Washington, recently recognized our Tacoma location at a city council meeting for their community engagement efforts.
General Manager Raul Silva attended the meeting and was presented with a plaque that reads:
"Because of its commitment to providing top quality paratransit service to the region through its partnership with Pierce Transit, and because of the dedication of its employees to give back to the community, the Lakewood City Council recognizes First Transit as it’s December 2018 Business Showcase.”
“The core values we exhibit to our customers are top-tier,” said Silva. “We have some really dedicated employees and are so honored to have been recognized.”
The location operates and maintains 67 Pierce Transit Shuttle buses, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, providing roughly 70 percent of the agency’s shuttle service annually – within the Pierce Transit’s service area.
“It’s door-to-door service,” said Assistant General Manager Kevin Rucker.
The desire to help others extends beyond the day-to-day needs of their customers. They are committed to giving back to the surrounding community. Each fiscal year, employees select charitable organizations they want to support during the year.
In recent years, employees held food drives for local food bank and toy drives for children receiving treatment at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma and The Wishing Well Foundation which supports Pierce County foster children. They also sponsored a winter clothing drive for AMVETS to support area veterans.
With roughly one-third of their employees holding veteran status, the location believes in supporting veterans and make it a top priority as part of their community engagement projects.