Hagerstown Volunteers Strengthen Local Community, Foster Sustainability
Whether it’s providing much needed aid in their community or protecting the environment, FedEx Ground’s Hagerstown, Md., employees always deliver. Throughout the spring, volunteers have been actively working to boost the people and world around them. They’ve been busy at the Maryland Food Bank, sprucing up a nearby national park and supporting the Salvation Army.
Not bad for a team that’s also supporting one of the largest central sorting facilities in the FedEx Ground network.
“The Hagerstown team is excited to impact our area in a positive way,” said hub senior manager Rich DePietress.
They kicked off their spring-time charitable efforts in March by helping out at the western branch of the Maryland Food Bank. This branch has been serving the area since 1987 and provides household goods for local non-profits and other charitable organizations’ programs.
For this round, an impressive group of 36 Hagerstown volunteers generously helped process nearly 21,500 pounds of much needed household items over a combined 90 hours. Items such as canned goods, household cleaning supplies, drinks, dry goods and food prep items will support those in the local community who need it most.
“Volunteering at the food bank gives me a sense of achievement and motivation,” said operations manager Dion Jones. “I’m ecstatic to give back to the community in which I was born and raised.”
Hagerstown volunteers also found time to participate in April’s “Ground Green Week,” which is FedEx Ground’s annual, network-wide focus on sustainability awareness and initiatives. Hagerstown stepped up their environmental support by cleaning and adding some additional greenery to part of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Park. Volunteers dedicated the afternoon to planting lush trees, weeding invasive plants and picking up trash along the park’s Cushwa Basin site.
In their most recent effort, a group visited the local Salvation Army branch and spent a day serving lunch to the homeless and less fortunate.
“Our company’s ‘people first’ philosophy not only provides a workplace where all employees can thrive, but one that encourages the highest-level of outreach in the local community,” said DePietress.
And they’re not done yet. Volunteer event organizers hope to carry the momentum they’ve gained through their sustainability and other community events into the next fiscal year.