MultiView Volunteers Contribute to “Get Fed Up With Hunger”
Have you ever thought about getting involved in your local community, but either thought a) “I don’t know where to start/sign up” or b) “I don’t know if I have the time?” I have a feeling those questions have gone through many young American’s heads as they fight to balance schedules of full-time time jobs, exercise, family time, social lives, and everything in-between. “I can’t possibly add anything else to my plate,” is a common excuse I have heard. Well, I am proud to say my employer, MultiView Inc., battles those excuses by organizing and allowing its employees opportunities to volunteer in the local community during…wait for it…work hours. This week has been a prime example of this practice being implemented.
On the morning of Wednesday, November 7, 2012, five members of the MultiView family donned their work boots, volunteer shirts and smiles to venture to the newest campus of the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) to “Get Fed Up with Hunger.” After two and a half hours of rolling up their sleeves to separate food items into packages to send to local people and families in need, MultiView volunteers were happy to learn 13,280 meals were produced with their hard work. “I think it was an awesome experience that just humbled me to remember that it’s always important to help others,” said Michelle Cowsen, Project Manager at MultiView. “I’m so happy Multiview allowed us to do this and to have this great opportunity to help so many people and I’m just excited about the future of MultiView with helping others in the community.”
While I was at the NTFB, I had the privilege of chatting with Laura Besse, Corporate Engagement Manager at the NTFB, and Natalie Butters, NTFB’s Volunteer Coordinator, to get their thoughts on what it means to them to see MultiView volunteers involved in stopping the fight against hunger. “As Volunteer Coordinator here at the North Texas Food Bank, I see so many people choose to spend their time here when there are so many other things they could be doing,” said Butters, “We are so thankful and excited that MultiView wants to partner with us as volunteers and as corporate citizens.” Both ladies had some helpful insight as to how local companies such as MultiView can become more involved with the NTFB. Check out my interview with Laura Besse below as she shares her thoughts:
Founded in 1982, the North Texas Food Bank is a Dallas nonprofit hunger relief organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of more than 340 Food Assistance Partners in 13 counties. As a member of Feeding America, they support the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through education, advocacy and strategic partnerships. NTFB’s mission is to passionately pursue a hunger-free community. To learn more about the North Texas Food Bank and how you can get involoved,visit www.ntfb.org .
Because we had over 140 employees sign up to volunteer at the NTFB, MultiView has scheduled three more visits for the month of November, including today, November 8, 2012. We also plan to continue our volunteer efforts during and after the holiday season.
As a major advocate of community outreach, I am ecstatic to be more involved in local charities via my employer. MultiView makes it easy to help people in need; and it feels so good to know I can be a part of our community outreach program.