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    FOSTER A BRIGHTER FUTURE
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Volunteer Hours Last Year

KIDS IN NEED FOUNDATION

Through our partnership with Kids in Need Foundation over the past 6 years we have donated over 20,000 backpacks full of supplies to K-6 children in need in the communities surrounding our two facilities.

The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. For more information, visit kinf.org, and join them on Twitter.

We are excited to relieve some of the financial burden parents face trying to provide backpacks and supplies to their children heading back to school. We also hope that our donation will extend throughout the school year and enrich the educational experience for the students says Steve Walters Economist/Community Manager.

VOLUNTEER HOURS

Our non-union associates receive 16 paid hours to volunteer and enrich their communities every year. We believe volunteering is just as much about enriching our associates life and experiences as it is about their contributions to our communities. We hope our associates are able to share their time and talents with our communities or even learn new talents to bring back to work.

Our volunteer program is a nice intersection between the “community” and “people” prongs of our CSR strategy. Ultimately by promoting volunteering we hope to create an engaged associate and be a leader in our communities that people are proud to work for. We hope to be an inspiration to those in our communities and create a ripple effect of volunteering.

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QUARTERLY CHARITY RAFFLE

Every 3 months, each associate who volunteered in the previous quarter is entered into a drawing to receive a grant to award to their nonprofit of choice.

THIS QUARTER: Debbie Jones won $1,000.00 for LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter

Quarterly Charity Raffle

IN GOOD COMPANY

In 2016 we sent two associates under the guidance of In Good Company to collaborate and work on two week-long service projects.

Bronx – Community Garden
Statistics show that the South Bronx is a high population density area with poor access to fresh fruits and vegetables and lack of safe, green spaces. The 2010 Census found that approximately 38% of constituents in New York’s 16th district lived at or below the federal poverty line. Our objective for this project was to work with local non-profits to revitalize a garden which offers local residents a space to gather and grow their own fresh food.
Projects – Site prep and clearing (6-8 tons of debris cleared), pathways, wood work, ground work, make garden wheel chair accessible.

Central Valley, CA – Community Garden
California’s Central Valley is the agricultural center of the state and the country.  Its 6 million acres of farmland produce over 350 crops and represent about 25% of the food on the nation’s table. While Tulare County was rated the #1 agricultural producing county in California in 2014, according to the USDA Food Access Research Atlas, almost 15% of Tulare County lives in a food desert, which means that many individuals are isolated from affordable access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Additionally, access to safe, clean, affordable drinking water is not guaranteed, especially in times of drought.

 

Since 1978, FoodLink for Tulare County, an innovative non-profit food bank, has been providing food and nutrition education to individuals and families throughout Tulare County.  In March, 2016, Food Link will move from Visalia to a facility in Exeter which will provide space to create a community farm, teaching kitchen, and education area. In October, we’ll build out the garden’s infrastructure by constructing a green house and a shaded nursery area, creating raised beds, and planting trees and shrubs.  During the week, we’ll visit neighboring farms, tour a fruit processing center, participate in Food Day activities taking place at the facility, and assist with a food bank distribution site. Join us to get a firsthand understanding of the scale and complexity of California’s agriculture and water systems, and help Food Link feed the people who grow the food to feed the country.

Projects - Installed 3,250’ of irrigation line, built a 500’ wooden fence, created a children’s garden area, planted 15 fruit trees, 10 landscape trees and 65 shrubs.

We are continuing our partnership with In Good Company in 2017 and will be sending 2 associates on service trips to build community gardens in the South Bronx and to restore forests in the Stanislaus National Forest in CA that were damaged by forest fires.

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