Volunteer relief assistance activity rolled out of the Home Office during May after the horrendous tornadoes and storms hit Tennessee and the southeast. Understanding the devastation and helplessness that some of our stakeholders and the communities that surround a few of our facilities were in after the surreal weather, the Home Office and the Compassion fund partnered together to provide some relief assistance.
The relief drive took two approaches: 1) a clothing drive engineered by our Accounts Payable department, and 2) a vendor supply donation program developed by our purchasing department.
The Home Office clothing Drive was a huge hit thanks to Accounts Payable’s efforts! Many of the home office stakeholders donated new and quality used clothing either specifically to the defined needs of some of our stakeholders, and also, for the overall ill affected communities. The clothing was then driven from the Home Office to the appropriate facilities. The facilities were then in charge of distributing the clothing to the appropriate community relief outlets and to their stakeholders in need.
Additionally, Jason Kwart and Nikki Becht of Purchasing did a great job of getting pallets full of essential items such as bottled water, toilet paper, trash bags, hand sanitizer and other items donated by our vendor, Office Depot. The vendor then dropped shipped to the designated facilities, all of these items were then donated out to the community by the facility.
This shows the power of “Compassionate Partnering”, many people coming together, each helping out a little, and in total, providing much needed assistance to a few communities and stakeholders who were literally starting over.