As some of you may know already, our firm has begun a community conscious and philanthropic initiative. It is the new pride of our firm and we are diggin’ it! I don’t think anyone expected to have as much fun and receive as much enjoyment as we all have in choosing, planning and executing our plans. One of our more recent endeavors was taking a morning away from work and volunteering at the Tarrant County Food Bank. No one in the company had ever participated in donating time with this particular organization so it was new to all of us and we had no idea what to expect. Let me tell you, we were blown away. Not only by the enormous warehouse, but also the collaboration and organization the charity is required to sustain.
Before I get into that, I want to give you a side note on Tarrant Area Food Bank if you don’t already know. This local charity serves more than 50,000 individuals in a typical week and more than 53,000 households in a typical month. Not only does the organization serve Tarranty County, but also Wise, Denton, Parker, Johnson and 7 other outlying counties. Along with providing food to the masses, they also offer and participate in other social service outreach programs such as, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), TANF (assists families with childcare), Women’s Health Program (offers women health for uninsured), and MEPD (Medicaid for the Elderly and People with Disabilities). I don’t know about you, but we were unaware of all the people this organization assists and how they do it.
We volunteered at the warehouse on this particular day. The warehouse works as what they call a central clearinghouse where food and groceries are donated, accounted for, sorted, repackaged and then distributed to a network of 300 partner agencies. The organization takes on somewhere between 20-60 volunteers a day, just in the quality control department! Now, for those of you who have volunteered your time before, you know it can be quite wasteful if the person in charge or the organization is not well prepared for their volunteers. This was not the case at Tarrant County Food Bank. We were so pleased with our department lead, Phillip, who kept us efficiently processing groceries for 3 hours. Phillip ensured that everyone had every requirement necessary to do a job and to do it quickly. The instructions given are always clear, consistent and in some case came with diagrams! So, if you are retired and having a hard time finding something to fill the day, or missing the feeling of contribution and accomplishment like you once did with a career, check out this organization. If you are a stay home mom or dad and need something to fill a morning while the kids are at school, the food bank is perfect! Even kids are welcome to volunteer and they have specific departments they are welcome to put their efforts! Maybe you already give your time and money to plenty of local charities, but I want to urge you to take a look at adding one more. Tarrant County Food Bank is not only an asset to our wonderful community, but a necessity. We hope you find as much enjoyment as we did volunteering our time to this amazing cause. Hey, maybe you can join us next time! If you are interested in joining our community conscious efforts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Till next time!