Celebrating National Volunteer Month

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Corporate Culture of Giving Back
Since its 2003 introduction in the United States, dunnhumby has maintained a huge corporate focus in community dunnhumby color versionoutreach. Through their ‘Helping Hands’ initiative, employees vote biannually on eight local charities to support. Through the enthusiasm of co-chairs Jayme Ponder and Lauren Blight, Freestore Foodbank has been fortunate to be one of their charities of choice since 2007. In that time, dunnhumby employees have stickered thousands of ducks for the Rubber Duck Regatta, bagged up hundreds of Power Packs, volunteered at the Giving Fields, and had 75% of the 500-person Cincinnati office come out to volunteer during our Holiday Food Distributions, even the interns! Helping Hands has grown to include all of dunnhumby’s US regional offices and this year will support 30 charities across the country. We are so grateful for the service and dedication of corporations like dunnhumby.

A Personal Policy
Brian Color VersionIn his line of work for City of Cincinnati Fire and Rescue, Brian sees poverty, hunger, and struggle up close and very personally. This has triggered a personal policy for Brian, a single dad, and his son Henry: if it hasn’t been worn in two years, it’s in a box on its way to the Freestore Foodbank. Once Henry loses interest in a toy, Brian will hold it up and say, “Should we give it to the kids?”—code for donating it to those less fortunate. More often than not, Henry chooses to give it to the kids. Brian and Henry have made clothing and toy deliveries to the Freestore Foodbank on average every three to four months for eight years and now volunteer at Holiday Distribution. “It’s so easy to fill a closet with stuff,” Brian says. “I like keeping things in balance, but it’s all the better when someone else can benefit too.”

Once a Teacher, Always a TeacherMike Color Version
After retiring from his work as a high school guidance counselor, Mike was certain of one thing: he didn’t want to sit around. He decided to attend culinary school, just because he wanted to. Mike wasn’t sure what he was going to do with his culinary training until he found the Cincinnati COOKS! program and began tutoring students in ServSafe and soft skills. “I have a thing about teaching,” Mike says. “I have all of this information that I want to give away. Cincinnati COOKS! is like a second family to me.” In the – now going on seven years – since Mike began volunteering with the Cincinnati COOKS! Program, the ServSafe pass rate for students has increased by 25%. Chef Mike is highly regarded by his students and the staff at Cincinnati COOKS!, and we are so fortunate to have him in our corner.

If you are interested in volunteering, please be sure to check out our current volunteer opportunities.