On March 11th, representatives from local businesses that participated in this year’s United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta Annual Giving Campaign celebrated in an incredibly memorable fashion. Rather than closing the campaign with their annual evening dinner, they decided to have a “Day of Action” with The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta.
Fifty-five volunteers from UPS, Delta, AGL Resources Inc., Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Coxe Curry & Associates, Internal Revenue Service, and HUD joined forces to help sort 451 boxes of food. The sorting entailed checking expiration dates on each item, separating cans into easily accessible categories and boxing the items into manageable sizes for easier transportation to our food pantries.
The purpose of this Day of Action was to show United Way contributors the impact that their financial contributions have on non-profit organizations like The Salvation Army. “We decided to switch it up and give back to the Atlanta Promise Neighborhood,” explains Lea Rolfes, Director of Volunteerism for the United Way Metropolitan Atlanta. “This allowed us the opportunity to experience a more hands-on approach in our efforts to contribute to the communities in which we serve.”
“It was the largest group that we’ve had so far this year,” recalls Sarah Clem, Volunteer Coordinator for The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command. “This particular day of volunteerism will allow our food pantries to create 12,527 meals for hungry Georgians around Atlanta.”
Thank you United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and each and every volunteer for helping us keep our food pantries stocked in order to serve those in need.
To find out more about the programs and services provided by The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command, or to become a volunteer, visit www.salvationarmyatlanta.org.