by Cori Spears
In addition to our year-round Conservice Cares activities, Conservice provides extra opportunities for employees to give back to our local community during the holiday season. Our annual food drive for the Cache Community Food Pantry is one such opportunity. Every November, Conservice employees combine the spirit of giving with the spirit of competition to achieve one goal: Combat hunger in our community.
Two weeks ago, Conservice employees could be observed bringing in boxes of food and signing up to donate money toward the purchase of turkeys. Each time we received an email updating us on which teams were ahead in donation points, team members plotted within their respective departments to revise their strategies on how to donate more food items than the other departments.
Based on the donation guidelines and suggestions that we were given, some of us found ourselves inspired to “think outside the can” and find food items beyond the realm of the cliché canned vegetables. For my donation items, I tried to pick out things that I know my family would like to eat. I also tried to include a few treats in addition to nutritional items. We could even donate non-food items such as shampoo, toilet paper, etc.
Our sense of charity and competition yielded fantastic results. In addition to the many boxes of items that were brought in, we were able use the money we donated to give 150 turkeys plus some extra food to the Cache Community Food Pantry.