Most people volunteer because they want to give back to their community or support a cause that is important to them. Volunteering is also a great opportunity to practice teamwork, collaboration and other valuable skills with colleagues, family members and friends.
Clune Construction began its support of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank with a Food Drive in 2014. Located in Los Angeles, the issue of hunger was prevalent near the Clune Construction office. Wanting to take part in a solution, Clune employees collected 1,196 pounds of food – the equivalent of nearly 1,000 meals – and donated them to the Food Bank. As the relationship grew, Clune employees learned more about the Food Bank’s operation, including its ability to provide up to four meals for every dollar donated.
This year, Clune Construction made its first financial contribution to the Food Bank, providing another 10,000 meals for our neighbors in need. Monetary donations like the gift provided by Clune Construction allow the Food Bank to distribute more than just canned goods or other traditional food drive items. Funds make it possible to store and distribute fresh, nutritious items like produce, meat, dairy and egg, which many families can’t afford regularly.
Clune Construction’s hunger relief efforts don’t end there. When Clune Construction volunteers visited in September, their team was able to create more than 1,000 food kits for low-income seniors. The Food Bank’s Senior Nutrition Program serves 29,000 older adults every month. This would not be possible without dedicated volunteers donating their time to glean produce, sort food and pack kits for specific programs.
Teams who participate in this type of volunteer activity feel accomplished, and they know that they’ve made a difference in their community. “Volunteering was an amazing experience,” said Alison Kermode, SVP and Director of National Marketing with Clune Construction. “It was a team bonding experience that I did not expect to happen. I highly recommend it if you’re thinking of doing this with your own company.”
If you would like to learn more about the Food Bank, please sign up for a tour. If you have not had a chance to volunteer at the Food Bank, you are missing out! The food bank provides an excellent opportunity for individuals and corporations to make a difference for those in need.