The company asked. The employees delivered.
In fact, they delivered more than expected. But then, that was to be anticipated, since it has been the credo of William B. Meyer, Inc. since the company began – to deliver more than what is expected to the customer.
In conjunction with Stratford, Connecticut based William B. Meyer, Inc.’s 100 year anniversary, the company is giving back to the community in a series of community support challenges for their employees. Recently, the company issued a 100 Year Community Support Challenge for their Bedford Hills location. The Challenge, called “Hopping into 100 Years – Helping Those in Need, One Can at a Time”, was a company-wide food drive challenge which benefited Grace Church Community Center (GCCC) located in White Plains, NY The agency is unique because they not only feed the hungry during the holidays, but all year round. Each year GCCC assists almost 4,000 men, women and children and provides 140,000 free meals to the hungry and 28,000 nights of shelter to the homeless. Since 1979 they have offered hungry Westchester residents a place to sit and enjoy a free, warm meal at their soup kitchen five days a week. No one is ever turned away.
The company-wide challenge ran from Monday, February 23 through Monday, March 30, in time for GCCC to use and distribute donations to help provide meals for Easter. Food donation boxes were positioned in each of the three William B. Meyer, Inc. facilities. Goals were set for each location based on the number of employees. Because all locations exceeded their goals, each location will be treated with an afternoon Brownie Party in April.
More than 3,600 items, totaling about one and a half tons of canned goods and household products, were collected and delivered to Grace Church Community Center in time for holiday distribution. Along with the food and household items, a check for $1,000 was hand delivered to GCCC by William B. Meyer, Inc. President, Tom Gillon Sr. He remarked that, “Thanking the local communities where William B. Meyer, Inc. works has been part of the William B. Meyer, Inc. philosophy since the beginning of the company one hundred years ago. We want to thank local communities for their support of our business by helping them. William B. Meyer, Inc. employees have actively volunteered for causes and generously donated their time, money and resources for numerous community events. This Community Challenge, tied to our hundred year anniversary is just another example of William B. Meyer, Inc. employees giving back to their community.”
Nancy Inzinna of Grace Church Community Center said, “This time of year is always hard for GCCC as most of our holiday food donations have diminished, but we still have thousands of people who need a hot meal. After checking our pantry we discovered that we were out of some staple items, but as luck would have it when I returned to my desk there was a voicemail from Danielle at William B. Meyer, Inc. To my relief, the voicemail was asking us to be the recipient of a food drive they are doing in March. We were overjoyed by the opportunity to fill our pantries and couldn’t be more grateful for the donation.”
For more information on Grace Church Community Center’s Soup Kitchen, please visit http://www.gracecommunitycenter.org/