This year our team participated in the 2014 Giving Green in the Community campaign and like many other teams around campus, engaged in the spirit of giving back to our community. In addition to donating monetarily, we decided to donate our time by volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank. This volunteering opportunity was rewarding as well as challenging because the Second Harvest Food Bank serves as a regional distribution warehouse. As a distribution warehouse, it supplies food and grocery items to many charitable agencies and because of this there was a huge amount of food and goods for us to check and organize.
One of the mantras of the Giving Green Campaign is that community support should be a year-round effort. Our team couldn't agree more and as a result we decided that we would volunteer again at one of the community charities in the Spring. During the holiday season, we will also donate new and used clothing to the Crisis Assistance Ministry, the charity where we volunteered last year. Volunteering gives our team a chance to do some team building and self-reflection but more importantly, it allows us to show the community that UNC Charlotte employees care.