Several volunteers from Chico’s FAS, Inc. participated in two separate United Way Days of Caring in December and January. Volunteers from Chico’s FAS helped agencies shop and load vehicles with much needed food on distribution days. They were able to lend a hand to fulfill orders just in time for the holidays as well. Due to their enriching experience with these Days of Caring, Chico’s FAS has scheduled times to participate with Midwest Food Bank on a quarterly basis. Volunteers adhered to the CDC’s guidelines in order to maintain a safe environment for all.
“We are grateful for organizations like Chico’s FAS that are willing to give back to our community and support our efforts. We certainly couldn’t fulfill our mission without faithful volunteers,” says Karl Steidinger, Executive Director of Midwest Food Bank.
“Giving back and serving our community has always been part of our DNA. Chico’s FAS and our associates have supported United Way since 1998, and we continuously look for opportunities throughout the year to donate time during our employee volunteer days. We are proud to support the Midwest Food Bank and their mission to alleviate hunger in SWFL,” states Jill Urraro, Vice President of Human Resources, Chico’s FAS.
“The work of the Chico’s FAS employees, who repeatedly volunteer for United Way Days of Caring, means a great deal to our United Way Partner Agencies such as Midwest Food Bank. The gift of their time and effort helps stretch agency dollars and has a significant impact on the lives of families in our community. It is such a meaningful way to show the rest of the community that they Live United and Support Our Community.” said Jeannine Joy, President and CEO of United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee.
United Way’s Days of Caring is a year-round program that connects groups with nonprofit agencies in need of assistance. Groups who have participated in United Way Volunteer Center projects report they feel more connected to their community and their group members while working to help people in need. It is one of the best ways for individuals to make an impact in their community. Groups have many choices as they select projects needed by the agencies, including the type of project, location in our community, degree of physical labor, and full-day or half-day time commitment. Even in the COVID era, there are still projects to be done and agencies that need assistance. If your company is interested in setting up a Day of Caring, please contact Kim Berghs at 239.433.7547 or Kim@UnitedWayLee.org