Small business owner recognized for making giving back a priority
FOX 31 is honoring our local heroes with the Jefferson Awards.
The Jefferson Award is the nation's longest standing and most prestigious organization dedicated to celebrating public service.
This month's winner is Tammy McCrary, a small business owner who was recognized for how much of her time she spends giving back.
"I think it's just what I feel in my heart that that's what needs to happen. And I think that it has to come from your heart that we have to make a difference," McCrary said. "There's a famous saying that if good people do nothing evil will prevail; and I believe that. I believe that good people have got to stand up and make a difference and I feel like I'm a part of that and I want to be a part of that," she added.
Tammy McCrary owns the company CTSI in the good life city and she has made it her goal to make Albany the good life city for as many people as she can.
"We installed air conditioners for senior citizens here in Albany Georgia that didn't have any kind of air condition during the summer," McCrary said. "I believe everyone should have a safe place to live especially women and children so I am very passionate about habitat for humanity. So we did something really unique this year. We did a women's build where the women of our company went out and actually did the construction part of it then we had the men of our company come and serve lunch for us," she added.
But her passion for people extends outside the city. With the help of some school systems she donated school supplies to orphanages in Liberia.
"Well we know that there's so much need not just in the United States and in our area and there's needs internationally. And we looked for an organization that we had a connection with. We did have a connection with Liberia here in Albany. So we reached out to our connection here in Albany and we got Lee County School System, Dougherty County School System, Worth County School System to donate books and school supplies," McCrary said. "And we really thought it was just going to be a few books and pencils and paper and it turned out to actually be two shipping containers, $10,000 worth of shipping containers to be exact that was shipped to Liberia for the orphanages It turned out to be an amazing project," she added.
She does her part to give back and gets her employees involved too.
"We try and make volunteering in our company fun. It's a big part of my company. I believe that you must give back as part of working for CTSI. One of the other projects that we have is we have these little habitat boxes and if you fill it up you get days off work with pay," she said.
For McCrary the best part of giving back is building relationships with people. She talked about meeting an elderly man that reminded her of her father while she was taking part in meals on wheels with SOWEGA Council on Aging.
"When we started to give air conditioners I membered that man and I said he has no heat and air in his house. So I made sure he was one of the ones that got an air conditioners not only am I serving a meal to this man, I'm serving a friendship to him. That he knows that we connected and he has somebody to talk," she said.
And for McCrary, Charity did begin at home.
"My mother really raised my sister and I to if you can make a difference in one person's life it means a lot but if you can make a difference in a lot of people's lives you can change the world. And I think we should all get up every day with that thought and mind you can make a difference," McCrary said.