by Channa West-Wilson
In 2018, iVision joined organizations around the world in taking the 1% Pledge to integrate philanthropy into our business culture and commit our time and resources. Since then, we’ve worked hard to create opportunities for iVision’s employees that are meaningful, purposeful and give back to our community. With the year halfway gone, we are proud to say that in 2019 our employees have already given 968 total service hours to organizations that are close to their hearts.
iVision partners with Atlanta Community Food Bank—again!
This June, for the second year in a row, we partnered with the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB). We spent two days volunteering as a company at their Product Resource Center to provide meals to Atlanta and the surrounding communities. Our mission this year was directly related to the impact that we experienced last year: to not only volunteer our time but also donate as much as possible to the cause.
After some strategizing, the iVision Human Resources team decided to combine external volunteering with a healthy internal competition, and so #TEAMWEDNESDAY and #TEAMTHURSDAY were born. The HR team coached each day of volunteers on ACFB’s most-needed items, even offering to be their personal shoppers for the day, and it turned out to be a win-win!
Team Wednesday started off with employee donations of more than 460 pounds of food. They then packaged pallets of new foods that were donated by local grocery stores. These meals were collected—box after box, pallet after pallet, and with lots of love—specifically for senior citizens in the community. In Georgia, 10.4% of senior citizens are living below the poverty level, and each item loaded up by the Wednesday team will be delivered within the next month to those food insecure households.
Team Thursday brought it—literally! The donations on Thursday topped the charts at a monumental 631 pounds. This team was tasked with inspecting salvaged food items to ensure that they are safe for distribution. They also sorted items into groups (food items, condiments, hygiene, etc.) to be packed and sent to ACFB’s nonprofit partner agencies.
iVision exceeded last year’s donations and had more than 80 employees and family members volunteer for the event. In total, iVision’s teams packaged nearly 37,000 pounds of food, providing more than 28,000 meals to people in need. We all enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the community—and the time spent together makes it priceless!