Community

Our Temple Community has been an incredible place to grow and thrive over our many years in business. As a result, we take every philanthropic opportunity we can to give back to those around us. The following are some of our favorite moments in which our team has come together to serve the greater Central Texas community.

PSI Gives Back to Local Elementary School

Douse Elementary School - Community Event with PSI
Douse Elementary - Community Event
Douse Elementary - Community Event

Our commitment to community is a core value we practice in our work and daily lives at PSI. We completed a casework and panel installation for the Alice W. Douse Elementary school in 2017 and toured with the executive team to see the finished work. In the gymnasium, where we installed PSI wall panels, we noticed that the school was missing a key component – basketball hoops! In an effort to give the children a fun playtime experience, the PSI team donated two hoops and the students’ basketball practice was set up for success.

“While completing some work at our campus, Mr. Germany noticed that we did not have basketball goals inside our gym. PSI graciously volunteered to donate two of them to our school, so that our students could enjoy the great game of basketball. Elliot and some of his staff even took time out of their busy schedules to come shoot hoops with some of our students. The students and staff at Alice W. Douse Elementary School are grateful for this very kind gesture.”

– Pam Disher, Principal, Alice W. Douse Elementary School

Santa’s Pals: Kiwanis Club gives gifts to 134 families

Santa's Pals: Kiwanis Club gives gifts to 134 families

Looking like so many elves, volunteers merrily passed out bags of toys Saturday for the Kiwanis Club Santa Pal program at 204 N. Main St.

Barbara Burtchell, chairman of Santa Pal — wearing red reindeer antlers — said she had gifts for 134 families, with about 250 children, to be given out from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. This year the program allotted $30 per child.

“It seems to go well,” she said. “If we get toys donated, then it adds to it and stretches it. I’ve had some wonderful volunteers.”
Panel Specialists Inc. was among them, she said.

“They brought us bicycles, and tons of toys they collected at their plant. Then they shopped for these kids. They go above and beyond,” Burtchell said.

PSI Participates in Temple’s Adopt-A-Park Program

Adopt A Park - Community Event
Adopt A Park - Community Event
Adopt A Park - Community Event

The City of Temple’s Adopt-A-Park program encompasses parks, gardens and trails. These areas provide the community with an enhanced quality of life through recreational spaces, picnic spots, exercise opportunities, and community gathering areas. Temple has a remarkable 49 developed parks and special use areas with features vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the community.

PSI has participated in Temple’s Adopt-A-Park program at Walker Park since 2014, and was busy cleaning and volunteering on Saturday, November 11th. Every 10 weeks, PSI management joins in with their fellow employees to clean up the park. “It’s good to see the residents of Temple, Texas exercising good stewardship of their parks. It makes our job easier,” said Steve Davis, Director of Sales and Marketing.

Walker Park is located at 2603 N. 3rd Street in Temple, Texas. Elliot Germany, President and CEO of PSI shared encouraging words to the community, “Come out and join us, meet some new faces, all while making our community a cleaner and safer place. It’s another opportunity for us to enrich lives through enhancing the environment in which people live, learn, heal, work, and play.”

PSI Participates in Temple ISD Career Fair

TISD Career Days

For eighth graders, learning about a new industry could spark a lifelong career and passion. Earlier this year, PSI participated in the Temple ISD Career Fair, an event designed to introduce over 600 eighth graders to potential career paths through the eyes of local business partners.

Through interactive booths and conversations, community professionals showcased careers and career applications in different industries. One event objective was to help students plan their high school course track by informing them of industry expectations for education, skills and/or certifications.

By engaging with teens, PSI is able to look to the future and deepen our roots in the community. “We’re always on the hunt for good employees and we like to draw on local talent. Our hope is that five to eight years from now they’ll remember us in their job search,” says Steve Davis, Director of Sales and Marketing. PSI represented several departments at the event, including manufacturing, human resources, engineering and accounting.

PSI has been a part of the Temple ISD community for years, through new wall panel installations, renovations, and student events. In 2016 PSI collaborated with TISD Career and Technical Educational Center in the inaugural IChallange U program where students developed real world skills while working with various PSI departments. They had an opportunity to take an order, engineer and manufacture it, sell it, and account for all the activities as a business would. The PSI team looks forward to the next chance to meet, greet, and educate students on career opportunities.

Temple High School Health Sciences EMT Program

Food For Families

In October 2016, PSI made a contribution to the Health Sciences curriculum at Temple High School. This invaluable program through the Career and Technical Education center prepares students to enter careers relating to the planning, managing and providing of therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services and biotechnology research and development. Students enrolled in the EMT program are required to wear uniforms and have their own medical supplies. PSI’s donation of $1132 helped to cover the program’s shortfall of funds to equip each student in the program.

“PSI, thank you for all you do for Temple ISD and our students!! Your partnership helps bring education to life. We couldn’t do it without you.”—Denise Ayres, Director of CTE, Temple ISD

Food For Families

Food For Families

In the giving spirit of the holidays, the PSI team participated in Food for Families, a Central Texas food drive. Food for Families distributes food from pantries across the area to more than 2500 families in need. The drive surpassed its goal by collecting more than 164,000 lbs of food. PSI was pleased to participate, and donated more than 1500 food items.

Families In Crisis

Families in Crisis

To further serve the many good organizations of Central Texas, PSI proudly contributed to Families in Crisis – a social service organization helping the survivors of family/sexual violence, veterans and their families, and the homeless populations of Bell, Coryell, and Hamilton Counties. Through our “I am PSI” fundraiser, the PSI team raised $1351 for the organization.

IChallengeU

iChallengeU

Panel Specialists volunteered as the first IChallengeU corporate partner in Temple, TX through the Career, Technology and Education (CTE) Advisory Council. PSI worked with woodworking and accounting students at Temple High School to solve a real-life business challenge of producing and providing a full cost analysis of college dormitory furniture. From evaluating production costs to the actual design and creation, students learned the complete manufacturing process of creating a finished product. PSI was delighted to contribute in the education and training of Temple youth.

Temple Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) award

Temple Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) award

PSI was honored with the Excellence in Workforce Award during 2015-2016, which recognizes a Temple business with notable success in workforce development. The success can be in new job growth, education and training programs for employees, a unique workforce initiative, or investing in the future workplace. PSI received the distinction for one of our main pillars of operation: our community involvement.

“Temple Economic Development Corporation recognizes the significant role and investment Panel Specialists, Inc. has made in Temple Independent School District’s Career and Technology Education and IChallengeU program as a prime example of investing in our future workforce.”

Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Award

Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Award

Panel Specialists was recognized by the Texas Association of School Boards as a company that Stands Up for Texas Public Schools.

Adopt-A-Park

Adopt-A-Park

PSI participates in Adopt-A-Park, an effort that brings together our employees and their families to support our local community. The cleanup of Walker Park in Temple, TX is an ongoing program that PSI has been a part of since 2014, regularly visiting the park at least five times annually to ensure the park is clean and well-maintained for years to come.

Wildcat Mentor Back to School Bash (TISD)

Wildcat Mentor Back to School Bash (TISD)

Our very own Misty Janicek and Alex Borgeson recently attended the Wildcat Mentor Back to School Bash, as part of the Temple Independent School District Wildcat Mentorship Program. Misty and Alex both serve as mentors for a child at Jefferson Elementary School in Temple. The bash was held at the new Ralph Wilson Youth Club.

Santa Pal Volunteer Program

Santa Pal Volunteer Program

We loved volunteering with Santa Pal this holiday season. They’re a great organization who makes a significant impact in our Temple, TX community and we’re proud to partner with them.

Temple Education Foundation

Temple Education Foundation

PSI showed their support for the Temple Independent School District (TISD) through an event sponsorship that contributes to the expansion of educational opportunities for students and teachers in TISD.

City of Temple Adopt-a-Park Group of the Year Award

City of Temple Adopt-a-Park Group of the Year Award

Panel Specialists, Inc. received the Adopt-a-Park Group of the Year!

Greenbuild Editor’s Choice Award

Greenbuild Editor’s Choice Award

“Panel Specialists, Inc. is one of the publication’s 2015 Editor’s Choice companies, due in large part to the innovations and forward-thinking nature of the company as it concerns the built environment.”

Ralph Wilson Youth Club

Ralph Wilson Youth Club

“PSI’s kind donation of the wall panel system for the RWYC was a leading gift. The look and functionality are tremendous and will serve us well for the next fifty years,” said Wendell Williams, Chairman of the Ralph Wilson Youth Club.

PSI Receives Community Award

United Way of Central Texas

PSI is honored to receive the UWTC Community Impact Award for New Campaign of the Year. Receiving this award at our 25th anniversary celebration was a perfect start to the next 25 years. We are grateful to partner with the United Way of Central Texas and look forward to our mutual and continued success.