Giving back comes in so many forms. Whether one gives monetarily, or gives in terms of hours served, it all adds up cumulatively to make a difference for non-profits and the people they serve. And at Roadrunner Food Bank it is no different. Last year, about 12,000 people took the time to come and volunteer here at the Food Bank at least once. Many come three or four times a week, donating tens of thousands of hours of service over the course of a year to make our mission a reality for hungry people across the state who count on the Food Bank for meals for their families.
One group that we don’t talk about enough is our corporate volunteers.
Companies see the importance and value of their employees volunteering to help local non-profits. A recent Washington Post article discussed how companies are providing volunteer programs as part of their work experience to help retain and keep employees engaged. According to the article, employees who are provided paid time off to volunteer see it as an important benefit. Plus, as more of the millennial generation enters the workforce, experts believe this group in particular wants to give back. Tying volunteerism to employment benefits is an enticing feature to this generation.
(One group of employees volunteering at the Food Bank from
Westfield Insurance and HUB International Insurance in May 2014)
Several employers right here in Albuquerque already provide this as a benefit to their employees. Companies that regularly send their staff to volunteer at the Food Bank and contributed more than 100 hours in total employee service include:
- Camping World
- GAP, Inc.
- General Mills
- Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors ®
- Hewlett Packard
- Kirtland Federal Credit Union
- PNM Resources and PNM Resources Foundation
- Sam’s Club
- Smith’s Food and Drug
- US Bank
- Unirac, Inc.
- Wells Fargo Bank
- Whole Foods Market
And now add to the list Westfield Insurance and HUB Insurance companies.
Last week, these insurance companies jointly brought 85 employees to volunteer. Each person on their staff committed to volunteer three or four hours during the morning and afternoon helping prep food ready to leave our dock doors for the benefit of hungry people.
(employees of Westfield Insurance and HUB International Insurance companies volunteering)
Throughout the day, we heard from their staff, “This was a great team-building opportunity for us,” or “Our team sorted more food than the morning crew,” and also comments like, “Thank you for working with us to make this happen for our employees. They really enjoyed it.”
Thank you to all the companies that selected the Food Bank for their service! Your gift of time and talents make it possible for us to supply food to nearly 40,000 people each week across our vast state!
For information about signing your company and employees up to volunteer at the Food Bank, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505.349.8837.
Sonya Warwick is the Communications Officer at Roadrunner Food Bank.