We believe in making a difference in the Midlands and throughout the communities we serve, which is why we established an employee volunteer program at the end of 2018. The volunteer program connects our AllSouth team with opportunities throughout the year to volunteer with local non-profit organizations in the Midlands. This program offers paid time, specifically for volunteering, to our team members.
Harvest Hope Food Bank
We kicked off the year volunteering at Harvest Hope Food Bank. Harvest Hope provides food and more to people who are dealing with hunger issues throughout the Midlands, Pee Dee, and Greater Greenville areas. A group of 24 team members dedicated an afternoon preparing 1,700 boxes and bags of food that would provide a week’s supply of meals for approximately 300 families. A total of 70 volunteer hours were provided.
Habitat for Humanity ReStores
In July, several groups of AllSouth team members spent a day at three different Habitat for Humanity ReStores located throughout the Midlands, providing 50 hours of service. Habitat for Humanity ReStores sell and accept donations of home improvement items, furniture, appliances, and other household goods. (Be sure to check them out if you’re in the market for household goods on a budget.) The money raised at the ReStores help Habitat for Humanity continue their mission to build and restore homes.
At the Restores, our team channeled their retail and service skills helping sort and price items, stock shelves, organize furniture, unload donations as they arrived at the store, and more. One group learned how to prepare carpet to sell – they measured, cut, and rolled 13 rolls of carpet.
At our next event in September, we helped out at Senior Resources’ Meals on Wheels program. Several teams (24 employees total) divided up among three locations in Richland County. In one morning, sporting their serving hats and aprons, our team packaged 360 meals to be delivered to senior citizens in the community. Senior Resources is a non-profit organization that coordinates services, provides resources, and encourages the personal choices that allow senior citizens in our community to remain independent.
For our final volunteer event of the year, our team volunteered at Transitions, the largest homeless center in the Midlands. A place where the journey home begins for many men and women who are struggling with homelessness. Transitions works to equip and engage the people they serve to transition to stable and permanent housing. A group of 10 team members helped out with lunch on October 23 serving up meals to 141 people. Transitions serves 3 meals a day to their residents. If a client has a job and will not be on site, they provide a sack lunch or dinner for them to take to work.
Through our volunteer program, we have seen our team members go above and beyond to lend a helping hand. We’ve found that not only is this a great way to give back to the communities we serve, but it’s a great opportunity for us to bond over serving families and individuals who need it most.
Through our new volunteer program, we donated over 178 hours of community service, served over 2,000 meals to individuals and families, and worked with four different non-profit organizations working to better the communities we live and work in. We’d like to say a special thank you to organizations such as Harvest Hope, Habitat for Humanity, Senior Resources, Transitions, and many more that provide support and a helping hand to many people in our community.
We look forward to seeing what next year will bring and continuing our volunteer service efforts.