Harris Values in Action: Rani Benskin on Building Stronger Communities
San Diego office manager Rani Benskin takes a core Harris value beyond the workday and helps build stronger communities through her involvement with charitable organizations and events.
Harris employee-owner Rani Benskin hard at work during Harris' Habitat team build in Escondido
In a recent interview, Rani talked about her motivations for giving back—and about how Harris supports her volunteer efforts.
Where do you get your passion and enthusiasm for volunteering and community service?
RB: Serving and helping others has always been a passion of mine. I’ve had many times when I’ve benefited from help, and I’m very grateful for that. Giving back gives me a wonderful sense of community and feeling of self-worth. I love knowing I’m making a difference in this world, no matter the size. Every bit helps. I also enjoy acquiring new skills, testing my capabilities and stretching my limits. Even when people ask about my position here at Harris, I tell them, “I help people.”
What are some community service events you participate in?
RB: My favorite is the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb, in which I raise money for lung cancer research by climbing stairs. This year, I participated in the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
I also volunteer my time to a local nonprofit association, the Mexican American Business & Professional Association, which prioritizes access, advocacy and prosperity for all San Diego communities. I help them with some bookkeeping and administrative support.
And I’m very excited to help Habitat for Humanity for the first time through Harris In this economy, and with rising housing costs, what better way to help our community?
How has Harris supported your community service efforts?
RB: Harris has always supported me, even accommodating my schedule at times. For the Fight for Air Climb, Harris let me send out an email to all my fellow employee-owners to ask for donations. Each time, I’ve been able to raise more than $800. And Harris has matched every dollar donated by employee-owners.
What role does community service play in the Harris culture?
RB: It’s a very big part of who we are. So many employee-owners give their own time, expertise and money to support different causes. Above all, community service is the core of what we do as a company. Our primary tasks every day involve designing, managing and inspecting infrastructure that makes life better for people.
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