As one of the leaders of M. Holland’s Corporate Giving Committee, Moving Forward Giving Back Diane is very passionate about volunteerism. On a cold Saturday morning in April, Diane and more than 20 of her M. Holland colleagues and their families got together to repack food at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Over the course of several hours, the team repacked more than 3000 loaves of bread and 100 pounds of hot chocolate.
“The Greater Chicago Food Depository is a very impressive operation. They are able to provide food and services where it is needed the most. I feel like my time and effort really made an impact,” Diane commented.
This is the first time the company hosted a volunteering event like this, the turnout was remarkable. “I wasn’t surprised so many people were interested. I know a lot of my colleagues have expressed interest in volunteer opportunities.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository is such a worthwhile cause,” Diane stated. “We are looking forward to volunteering with them in the future.”
The Greater Chicago Food Depository is a nonprofit food distribution and training center that provides food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in the community. In addition to supplying food to over 300 pantries in the Chicagoland area, the GCFD also has multiple programs and services for the elderly, veterans, children and those living in one of Chicago’s 22 food deserts.
According to Diane, they selected this particular organization because hunger touches so many people. “Hunger isn’t just about being able to afford food, sometimes it is about having access to fresh and nutritious food.”
Nearly every M. Holland department was represented at the event. “It was incredibly rewarding, the most fun I’ve had in a long time,” commented Accounting Associate Oksana Solovie. “It was great getting to know my co-workers on a more personal level.”
Moving Forward Giving Back began with an idea from Diane and one other employee and has grown quite a bit in the past six months. The team hosted a food drive in December and recently launched a program dedicated to recycling batteries in the office. The committee is passionate about giving back in any way possible, whether it’s supports our veterans or saving the environment.
“I am sure there will be more group service events supporting causes and communities. Employees want to participate in meaningful volunteer opportunities. In my vision our grassroots efforts will evolve into something very big and exciting,” Diane says proudly.