Shaw Industries, a large employer in north Georgia and major supporter of United Way of Greater Chattanooga, kicked off their seasonal campaign with a Week of Service in May.
Employees toured United Way partner agencies in Walker or Catoosa County and also rolled up their sleeves on volunteer projects. These ‘Voluntours’ are a Shaw tradition and have taken place every year since 2003.
There were 18 Voluntours that added up to 9.5 hours of service per person. Each team leader chose the tour/project that their team did. Over 1,000 Shaw associates participated visiting 61 partner agencies across seven counties.
One of the Voluntours was the Backpack Blessings at the YMCA. Volunteers packed food bags each Friday so that kids would have food over the weekend. This was provided to kids in the Walker County School area.
Meredith Clark, director of Community Investment and Partner Relations, believes corporate volunteer opportunities like this are beneficial not only to the campaign, but to Shaw as well.
“It really shows a commitment to community when companies like Shaw take the time and energy to give back,” Meredith said. “This is a great example of how a company can directly tie individual employees to a spirit of corporate social responsibility.”