This summer, Chick-fil-A staff members participated in many Chick-fil-A Foundation volunteer opportunities around the Atlanta area, making a difference in the communities.
Smart Lunch, Smart Kid
One of the most recent volunteering campaigns was the “Smart Lunch, Smart Kid” program where staff packed 300 lunches each Monday for eight weeks from June 6 – August 1 (excluding the week of the Fourth of July).
The lunches went to feed children normally enrolled in school lunch programs who might not be receiving meals during summer vacation.
Jessica Bermudez and the kitchen staff at Support Center played a large role in ordering and providing all materials needed for the lunches.
The lunch program occurred in partnership with Billy Ivey’s “Napkinisms” organization. Billy reached out to people through Facebook to gather humorous, encouraging, and light-hearted notes to pack into the lunches of needy children across the nation. These Napkinisms were included in the Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program.
Over the course of the eight weeks, over 2,400 lunches were packed.
This spring, volunteers from Support Center worked with a new school on the west side of Atlanta called Peace Prep. They built planters to help beautify the new school as they had recently moved into a new building. At that time, Chick-fil-A staff learned that the school wanted to build a library its 18 students.
On July 26, a book collection took place at Support Center, yielding about eight cases of books for the new library. Staff members also helped in the preparation of the library, building shelves and organizing the new books for the students.
Now, the school’s library is complete, and Kathleen Spangler says, “This is a full-circle story. We get to see the end result, and if you donated books, you can really see what those books went to.”
Not only has staff helped to build and stock the library, but Vickie Burch, a consistent volunteer on this project, has come up with an idea to take it a step further. Vickie and her book club, Book Chicks, have decided to donate $160 to allow Peace Prep’s first grade class to select new books for the library on an upcoming field trip to Barnes and Noble once they meet their class goal of reading 100 books.
The Chick-fil-A Foundation is thankful for all staff participation in these events and more this summer. Kathleen says, "Our staff have such giving hearts, and I wish they could see as often as I do, how the time that they spend volunteering impacts the communities surrounding our Support Center. They are all making a difference and it goes beyond the time they give during their service event. Like a stone thrown in a pond, the ripple effect is impacting lives all over the City.”
To find out how you can get involved in upcoming volunteer events, see @Chick-fil-A or visit https://www.cfahome.com/cfanews/CFAPROD_156683.