Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Global Volunteer Day

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Every year the company I work for, Life Technologies, hosts Global Volunteer Day. This is a day that all 10,000 Life Tech employees can step away from their desks or their labs and work together to help out our local communities. They also provide food and entertainment during the breaks from volunteering. I'm talking rock climbing, ice cream trucks and treats!
Be the change you wish to see in the world
Life Technologies works with multiple organizations and gives its employees the choice of which we'd like to work with. I immediately chose Kids Against Hunger an amazing organization dedicated to providing families with food that would otherwise go without. They put together a team of food scientists who developed a specific food formula that meets the specific needs of starving children. The four components are dehydrated vegetables, soy, vitamins and rice and when added to boiling water becomes a nutritious meal. 
Our job was to fill and seal these bags of food -- each one providing six meals. 
We basically worked in an assembly line. Each putting in a scoop of one ingredient, weighing the bags, sealing the bags, and putting the bags in boxes that were to be shipped out to West Africa the next day!
As a group we ended up making enough bags to feed 24,000 people!! There was a second shift that day that produced the same amount. That is close to 50,000 meals we helped to provide. I'm still floored by the numbers!


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17 comments:

Raquel said...

Wow that's amazing! It looks like it was such a great experience!

Robyn said...

what a great event for your company and you to get involved in

Cara said...

So cool! What a great idea and cause.

Danielle said...

Wow! What a great event!

Sarah Kate said...

This is really cool! More companies should get on board to do this at least once a year! Imagine the difference it would make!

I love the picture of the man with the ice cream truck! Proves that EVERYONE still gets excited over the musical truck of treats no matter how "grown up" they are! :o)

Jenna said...

That's amazing!!! What an awesome initiative your company takes part in, imagine if every company could start doing that!

xxx
Jenna

Ruthie Hart said...

this is amazing girl!! You have such a giver's heart

Kristen said...

That is so great! I did something similar a few months ago called Feed My Starving Children. What a great cause!

Britt said...

Wow! I love it when companies give back and their employees are involved. It gives everyone a warm fuzzy feeling inside.

Emily said...

Wow, so cool!
Our company does a Global Day of Service, too, and it's so lovely to get involved.

You should link-up this post tomorrow for our #FlauntYourCause blog party. Unless you have another charity related post up your sleeve ;)

Ben & Cassie said...

I didn't know where you worked before this! Looks like an awesome company and you picked a good charity!

lori said...

this is awesome! looks like a great company that you work for!

Emily Hope said...

You're so inspiring Gramira!!

Nikki said...

That is wonderful! What an inspired company you work for :)

Cassie said...

How very cool! There is nothing like the feeling of giving back to those in need. You should be proud of yourself!

Celebrating the Day said...

This is so awesome - I loved reading this post! I am starting a new volunteer position next week and can't wait!

http://celebratingtheday.blogspot.com/

Laura said...

Good job! And thanks for introducing a new organization. I've never heard about them but I love the idea behind it!

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