When Drive Shack’s Orlando location closed for renovations this fall, the employees looked for a way to give back to their community instead of taking an extended vacation. Over the course of eight weeks, their team members became familiar faces at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, lending a hand with a variety of volunteer projects.
Travis said, “I like that it’s not just us here but other organizations and companies, too. I didn’t realize how many families are impacted and how much food came through!”
Last year, 37,000 individuals contributed 120,000 hours of volunteer service to the community through projects at Second Harvest Food Bank. Projects can include sorting food donations, packing food for distribution into family boxes, bagging produce, preparing weekend Kids Snack Packs and assembling after school or summer meals for kids in the production kitchen.
Giancarlo said, “It’s not hard to volunteer. It’s simple. I wish more people did it. I used to make food kits for homeless individuals in LA with my sister. It’s important to remember these members of our community, talk to them, and help them.”
There are lots of ways to get involved as a volunteer. Individuals, families, companies, school groups, scout troops and professional associations can all find a project that fits their needs. Second Harvest is able to accommodate groups large and small.
Valentin said, “We can be so caught up in what we do every day. It’s important to stop and look at the big picture and your neighbors’ needs.”
Drive Shack completed 15 volunteer shifts this fall and contributed 620 hours in the fight against hunger in Central Florida – thank you!