Many companies pride themselves on community service and giving back to those in need. Ten years ago at a holiday party, William Lawton felt his law firm could do more. He challenged the team at Dean, Ringers, Morgan & Lawton, P.A. to build a deeper connection with its community.
Today the DRML team volunteers at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida once a month to sort and pack donated food for distribution to kids, families and seniors struggling with hunger. The group averages eight to 10 volunteers per shift but has had as many as 25 on a Wednesday evening.
“Volunteering at Second Harvest is a great way for us to get to know each other away from the office,” explains Peonca Grier, a certified paralegal and case manager at the firm. “We’ve also invited family, clients, vendors and members of the paralegal association to join us on occasion to share our passion for this cause with others we interact with on a daily basis.”
In addition to volunteering at the food bank, the firm also helps out at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, a Second Harvest feeding partner, twice a month. “We get to experience the impact of our efforts first-hand, by first sorting the food for distribution and then serving meals to those in need,” Peonca says.
“The need in our community can be overwhelming, but we are here to help.”
Over the course of 10 years and more than 2,400 hours, they’ve done it all, from bagging cucumbers to sorting food drive donations and packing family boxes. The firm has hosted food drives, volunteered at races that benefit Second Harvest and lent a hand at large food drives like Scouting for Food. Their favorite volunteer activity? Meat sorting.
“We prefer the term ‘meat inspectors,’” Peonca says. “At volunteer orientation, we often request this task because we know exactly what to do, and we have a lot of fun!”
To accept a similar community service challenge for your company or organization, visit www.feedhopenow.org/volunteer and sign your group up to lend a helping hand to our neighbors in need.