William B. Meyer, Inc. has a longstanding tradition of giving back to its local communities and those in need. Our team always has an enthusiastic response to every opportunity to make a difference. In the past, we have given back to local food pantries in the form of donations and food drives. During the month of March our team members had the opportunity to sign up and volunteer their time at the Merton Center in Bridgeport, CT. The Merton Center serves about 85,000 meals a year to approximately 260 people each day. In addition to providing food options, they also provide support in the form of case management, education programs, showers, and more. We knew that an organization that does this much good in our community would be the perfect place to donate our time and efforts.
Over the course of five days in March our team members volunteered their time in two areas at the Merton Center. On one day our teams volunteered in the kitchen to help prepare and serve lunch. Every team member understood the impact of providing a hot meal and some comfort to those in need. Laura Meng, from our Residential Moving customer service team, commented that “it gave me such a good feeling to be able to bring a smile to their faces. This is what giving back is all about.”
On other days, our volunteers were in the pantry helping to organize and sort food donations. The pantry alone serves over 500 families every month! They receive donations from local grocery stores five times per week through the Community Plates program. This allows people access to a variety of fresh produce, fresh baked bread, as well as other staples.
Nadine Palmer, Human Resources Coordinator, organized the event – the first of its kind at William B. Meyer, Inc. She commented, “Our people really got involved with this charity event. They welcomed the opportunity to make a difference and were very enthusiastic during the volunteer days!”
Our teams had such a rewarding experience volunteering at the Merton Center Volunteer Event that we will be looking for more days to volunteer in the coming months. Mike Racette, CEO wasn’t surprised by the team’s outstanding response: “the team here at William B. Meyer, Inc. never fails to rise to the challenge of upholding our corporate values and giving back to our communities in need. We’ve been a longtime supporter of the Merton Center and were happy to give our teams the chance to get involved in the company’s charitable endeavors.”
Based on the response from our team and the success of the event, we’re also looking to plan similar volunteer opportunities in the communities of our other three office locations. Our Stratford team members are already looking forward to the next opportunity to volunteer at the Merton Center and use their time in a meaningful way.