Faces of Success: Mark McKinney
Mark McKinney has been a part of the Cummins family for 13 years. He’s proud of his company’s commitment to excellence. McKinney is also extremely grateful to work for an organization that serves and improves one of the communities it calls home.
“I think it says a lot that Cummins allows employees to take time off from work to help others,” said McKinney.
Cummins is one of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s 325 corporate partners. McKinney has utilized this partnership to volunteer at several United Way events over the years, including Dirty Hands, Big Hearts Days of Action. It’s a week of hands-on opportunities each April for volunteers to complete various improvement projects — including painting gardening and landscaping — at United Way Family Resource Centers. Dirty Hands, Big Hearts has also allowed McKinney to work with at-risk children in the neighborhoods the centers serve.
“One year, we went to work on landscaping, and we ended up tutoring some of the kids at the facility,” he said. “Seeing such a diverse group of kids and knowing they might not have the means to achieve their educational goals gives you a deeper appreciation for how you can help them. There’s so much going on during a normal work day that sometimes you don’t even realize the impact you can have.”
More than 140 Cummins employees had a transformative impact on Nashville through United Way volunteer opportunities last year. In 2015, McKinney was one of 61 volunteers at Dirty Hands, Big Hearts Days of Action who took time out of their busy work schedules to change the community conditions of almost 2,800 children and their families at five different United Way Family Resource Centers. McKinney has participated each of the last four years and has always enjoyed his experience.
“It’s an opportunity that appeals to me because I’m in pretty good shape, and it helps me utilize some of my physical skills. Dirty Hands, Big Hearts is well organized and designed to help volunteers complete their projects in only four hours. Knowing that you can help people in need allows you to walk away with a sense of accomplishment.”
Cummins should take pride in the excellence of employees like McKinney. United Way is grateful to him and all of its volunteers for serving and improving the Nashville community they call home.