Giving back to our community via volunteerism is a core value of the BRT culture. Many times a team member will suggest an initiative that is close to his/her heart and sometimes, the idea originates from our Engagement Committee.
Volunteering during business hours is highly encouraged here at BRT – so much so that it’s a PAID event for the employees.
Last quarter the Engagement committee surveyed all BRT employees on where they felt we should give our time and talent to our community in 2017. Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana ranked high on the list.
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana distributes food to hungry Hoosiers through a network of over 250 partner agencies in 21 counties, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. They also provide direct services to those struggling with hunger, through programs such as BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids, School-Based Pantry, C.A.R.E. Mobile Pantry, and Community Cupboard.
Every day Gleaners depends on hundreds of volunteers to help them achieve their mission and because of volunteers, they are able to collect and distribute more than 2 million pounds of food each month! See our Video Here!
Blue Ribbon Transport has committed to volunteering with Gleaners once a quarter to assist them in any way they feel we can be used. This week was our first effort and we were THRILLED at how many BRT individuals wanted to help. What a GREAT 1st turnout!
Our 15 volunteers were assigned to work in the cooler inspecting, sorting, scanning and packing donations. Working hard and fast, we accomplished sorting, weighing and packing NINE TONS of meat and frozen food in under 2 hours!
The frozen items we sorted and packed will be made available to Gleaner’s customers coming in to shop for food at the Cynthia H. Hubert Community Cupboard.
Gleaners was extremely impressed with how hard we worked and how much we accomplished in under two hours and our employees had a great time!
We’re looking forward to volunteering as a company again next quarter on Tuesday, May 2nd!