By Debra Hellweg, Reliv Vice President of Operations
Last week, Reliv employees visited four different charities and volunteered for the day — and in some cases brought money or donations with them. In this, our sixth annual Week of Caring, we visited Five Acres Animal Shelter, St. Louis Area Foodbank, Habitat for Humanity (Restore location) and Covenant House. 25% of our employees participated — an incredible participation rate! In fact, we had to turn people away as we quickly filled up each location. If we get enough alternates next year, our plan is to add a fifth charity!
One day of service can really make a difference for these wonderful organizations. The group of Reliv employees that went to St. Louis Area Foodbank processed donations that filled 10,188 meals for the needy — wow! At Five Acres Animal Shelter, Ellen Redman from the DSC was able to arrange a significant donation (an entire truckload!) of dog and cat food. Imagine how many homeless animals that will feed! These examples show that each of us can make a difference. Whether by donating food, money or time, we are helping our local community.
Since we started the Week of Caring, Reliv employees have visited 17 different charities in the St. Louis area (some of which we have visited multiple times), and volunteered more than 1,200 hours. In addition to helping the charities, it’s a great opportunity for people from different departments to work together toward a common cause. The charities benefit, and we benefit — a win-win for everyone.
Cheers to another successful Week of Caring!