On Friday afternoon, April 23rd, to coincide with National Volunteer Week, Midan had our first ever Diversity & Inclusion Volunteer Day. This year, we chose to serve the United Way.
This isn’t Midan’s first volunteering rodeo. In previous years, our Chicago office has volunteered at various food banks such as Lakeview Pantry. The Mooresville office served meals at a soup kitchen and worked on a house for Habitat for Humanity. Our remote team members contributed in various ways in their own communities.
But there had never been a company-wide, coordinated team effort where everyone worked on the same project at the same time. Until now.
Each participant bought and organized items into kits to be handed out to local Chicago United Way partners. They included hygiene kits, snack boxes, baby baskets and literacy kits.
Across the country, Midan team members pitched in:
- In the suburbs of Charlotte, Laura Azran and her daughter Chloe created a baby kit. They even went the extra step of making a tie blanket to include in it. “Being a mom is a hard job. Helping a fellow mom, even in a small way, felt good.”
- In Lawrence, Kansas, Kelly Loganbill and son Cody teamed up to put together literacy kits to be distributed to early learning centers and elementary schools to improve literacy in diverse communities. “Being avid readers and advocates of early childhood education, we were drawn to the literacy kits, Kelly said.” “Reading is something we often take for granted and forget that literacy is a real problem in many parts of our country. We were happy to help in any way we could.”
- Burt Dellinger and his wife Patty shopped for and prepared a hygiene kit of self-care supplies in Hickory, North Carolina. “We enjoyed looking for products we thought the family would find refreshing while stretching every dollar further,” Burt said. “There’s a real joy that comes from putting other people’s needs first.”
- In Colorado, Jordan Hinton and her young daughters Savannah and Sydney assembled snack kits for children who often come to school hungry. “This was a great way to teach my daughters to appreciate what we have and the importance of giving back and helping those less fortunate,” Jordan said.
Speaking of eight hours, we only used four, so our team members will continue to find worthy causes to devote the remainder to.
See you at next year’s Diversity & Inclusion Volunteer Day! (Hopefully in person!)