Anyone who views the MBX social media pages regularly sees photos of our volunteers in action. It’s a nice perk that each full-time employee is given a yearly paid day off to volunteer at an organization of their choice. Often we tend to gravitate toward opportunities located close to home or that we find fun, like setting up for a fundraiser or packing up supplies for underprivileged children. However, some employees choose organizations they connect with personally and their stories are meaningful, so we thought we’d share a few of them in this quarter’s MBX Cares blog.
Tim, Business Development Executive from California
Tim is a passionate cyclist, logging hundreds of miles through the mountains of California. For the last eight years, Tim has participated in the annual Levi’s GranFondo in Santa Rosa, CA, for the King Ridge Foundation, supporting groups that work with at-risk youth. For his MBX Cares service day, Tim decided in addition to riding the GranFondo, he would volunteer to help set up for the event. He and his team also raised $3,000 for the cause. Tim noted, “Many of us are wrapped up in taking care of our own kids and we forget about the global village. So many kids need our help in whatever way we can give. It was fantastic to combine my love of cycling with a bit of philanthropy to make a difference in the lives of children and young teens.”
Dan, Global Business Relationship Manager from Illinois
As an active member of his church, Dan had the opportunity to participate with congregation members in a mission trip to Rosebud, South Dakota, working on housing projects for a Lakota Indian community. In addition to painting, maintenance, and building ramps, Dan and the crew also built relationships with the Lakota residents. According to Dan, “My crew spent time with the family we helped and learned a lot about their culture. They told us stories about the Lakota tribe and their traditions, and we shared our culture with them. It was an unforgettable experience, and I had no idea how much this would affect me.”
Wanda, Accounts Receivable Lead from Wisconsin
Lambs Farm in Libertyville, IL, is home to over 250 adults with developmental disabilities, and Wanda has devoted her volunteer days there for the last four years for a special reason: her best friend’s father worked there until his retirement. Wanda is amazed by the work Lambs Farm does. She says, “I love going back to see the residents I have worked with in the past and see how they are doing. It’s also an honor for me to help the organization and remember a great man.”
Whether it’s for a day, a weekend, or a week-long project, volunteering can be mutually beneficial. Employees are able to connect with organizations that enrich the lives of others and, at the same time, enrich their own lives, too.