When Dallas employees planned their most recent volunteer event, they knew they wanted to directly impact their immediate community, so they chose to support City Square, a food bank located near their office. CitySquare fights the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy and friendship. Members of the community get the food they need by shopping at City Square in a grocery store setting at no cost.
Q volunteers greeted the community members as they arrived to shop, distributed water bottles and helped clients check out. They guided clients throughout their shopping experience, helping them find and select the items they needed. Once clients had selected their items and checked out, Q volunteers bagged their groceries, loaded the groceries into cars, returned shopping carts to the front, and helped re-stock shelves kept the facility tidy throughout the day.
“This event was really impactful to me because we got to interact directly with community members in Dallas and hear about their lives and circumstances,” said Q volunteer Lindsey Farrar. “It was an honor to help at a location in downtown Dallas where people get nourishing food for their families and know they won’t ever be turned away. I also think it is really cool that they created a grocery store-like setting so the community members have the ability to choose what is best for their family. It really brings perspective on the volunteer work we are doing to see how it is truly impacting people in our community directly and to hear how City Square has helped so many people get food for their families during difficult times in their lives.”
City Square typically serves 250 – 300 people per day, so the team was able to make a substantial direct impact.
“This was a rewarding and hands-on opportunity for us to give back to our community and get to know each other outside of the office,” said Baylee Knight, who organized the event for her Dallas team. “More than 300,000 people live in poverty in Dallas, so it was really exciting to be able to volunteer with such an important and impactful initiative in our community.”