To honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, four Communications teams under Jenny Robertson launched the FedEx 50 Acts of Kindness/Service campaign by bringing joy to Teach for America-Memphis at their new location in Crosstown. The teams donated 200 supplies to teachers, also known as Corps Members. The Corp Members will use the school supplies in their classrooms, ensuring they have the right tools needed to support students in their learning and achievement.
Teach for America finds, develops, and supports a diverse network of leaders who expand opportunity for children from classrooms, schools, and every sector and field that shapes the broader systems in which schools operate. This growing force of leaders are committed to helping all children in Memphis realize their fullest potential.
As part of the MLK50 Day of Kindness/Service, FedEx Team members volunteered at the Jimmie Hale Mission in Birmingham, AL. to prepare bagged lunches for 120 people. The lunched goodies included delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwiches prepared by the team members and bagged cookies.
The Jimmie Hale Mission, Inc. is a Christian-based, non-profit organization, which includes a homeless shelter for men, a shelter for women and children, after-school Bible clubs, recovery programs, learning centers, and thrift stores.
FedEx Ground employees in Baltimore, Maryland were delighted to donate 120 PB&J sandwiches to the BEA Gaddy Family Center, Inc. A community-based nonprofit organization that assists and provides food to needy families throughout the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area and throughout Maryland. The team members are always happy to provide assistance to their neighbors with food, clothing, and other items.
FedEx Ground employees in Covington, Louisiana wanted to make a difference in the community for MLK Day by volunteering at a local playground for day. They served delicious Southern style BBQ to the community during lunch. The community members expressed how thankful they were that FedEx volunteers took the time to give back to the community.
Package Handlers and Administrative staff made 100 Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches; in addition to inbound package handlers making 83 sandwiches for the Samaritan Center. The Samaritan Center is a 501c3 organization committed to serving the hungry and those in need in order to promote their welfare dignity and self sufficiency. It is rooted in the belief that sound nutrition is the first step in enabling people to cope and become productive, self-sufficient members of society. Since 1981 the Samaritan Center has worked to fight hunger in the greater Syracuse community by providing nutritious hot meals to anyone in need 7 days a week – no questions asked. FedEx Ground employees also volunteered at the local soup kitchen serving the Syracuse area hungry and homeless.
Ten FedEx Ground volunteers cooked a meal for the families of children staying at the local hospitals. Most of the families are far from home and there is nothing better than a home cooked meal to make a person feel a little better. This was also Super Bowl Sunday and Super Bowl treats were made for the families to enjoy.
The Plains District Manager, Dan Huesman, is an Executive Board member supporting Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired. Pictured is Dan with one of the CCVI directors submitting a check for $10,000.00. We volunteer through mentoring and planned activities throughout the entire school year.
The Customer Pickup Coordination (CPC) department supported the “MLK 50” initiative by completing community outreach events across the network from Jan 15th through Feb 9th. A few examples of local events include volunteering at the Pittsburgh Animal Friends, supporting the Secaucus Food Bank, and assisting with the West Region PB&J donation events. Additionally, all 36 CPC operations across the network along with the PGH CPC support team, completed a book drive, which resulted in 5,672 total books being donated to 32 different charities.
The Buffalo Station helped the Food Bank of WNY bag up 600 bags of food filled with food items for the Food Bank's backpack program. The backpack program is aimed at eliminating childhood hunger via providing backpacks to children in need on a Friday before the child goes home so that the child has a ready source of food available through the weekend. The Western New York community does a fantastic job providing meals to children in need during the school week- often providing breakfast,lunch and dinner for many children, however there is still a gap to fill during the weekend. This program tries to lessen the gap.
South Dayton facility collected food items and placed in treat bags for 200 children for Blessings in a Bag. Blessings in a Bag provides food for children who receive free or reduced lunch. The food was discreetly placed in their backpack on Friday's so they have something to eat when they get home for the weekend. Volunteers also made and handed out 150+ PB&J sandwiches at Helping Hands of Miamisburg.
Several volunteers from the Bowling Green Home Delivery facility served donuts and coffee at the local Salvation Army as well as prepared 150 PB&Js for lunch. Volunteers assisted children with activities such as arts and crafts and board games. They also donated coloring books and snacks.
The Richmond Station traveled to the Richmond Ronald McDonald House to prepare lunch meals for families at two local hospitals (VCU NICU & St. Mary's). The wonderful staff at RMHC provided a tour of the facility. They showed the importance of donations/volunteer hours and the impact it has on the success of their operation. The Ronald McDonald House is an amazing organization that is dedicated to helping families through some of the most difficult times in their lives. The Richmond staff gladly stands side by side with their efforts and looks forward to working with them again.
FedEx Ground volunteers from the Ohio Valley District straightened shelves at the Welcome House Shelter for MLK50. The Welcome House works to end homelessness, by offering a continuum of services to women and children, to take them from housing uncertainty to housing stability. They offer three main service areas, which include: housing, income and benefits, and service coordination. Since opening in 1982, they have expanded their services to not only encompass an emergency shelter, but to take a holistic approach in ending homelessness.
FOCUS Pittsburgh serves 3000 students on the reduced or free lunch program every week. For some students, school is the only place they have food security. FOCUS Pittsburgh provides enough food to get them through the weekend. At this event, 15 volunteers packed weekend meal bags for 1000 students in 7 Pittsburgh area schools.
There are many homeless people in Washington, DC on the street I walk down to get to the office every morning. I help one homeless man every other week by purchasing the Street Sense newspaper from him. Street Sense is a newspaper that was started in 2003 by Street Sense Media. Street Sense Media created the Street Sense newspaper to help "spotlights solutions to homelessness, and empowers people in need." Homeless individuals can work as independent vendors/contractors to sell Street Sense newspapers as a means of making a few dollars to help themselves. Vendors are not only selling the newspapers, but they are also writing stories for the paper, drawing, and being featured in some of the articles. Way to go! All of their names are listed inside the paper as vendors. The gentleman who approaches me to purchase his papers is quite friendly, and whether I purchase a paper or not, he always thanks me with a smile. I've heard it said that, "God helps those who help themselves." I see this man trying his hardest every day, and doing it with a smile. I feel that I was sent to help. Some days, I give him extra cash for more papers, and I tell him that he has to pay it forward by giving away the extra papers I've paid him for. He agreed to do that. It warms my heart that I am able to help make a difference.
I donated books to a classroom in my area. The teacher was asking for donations to purchase books that would appeal to her mostly African-American 7th grade classroom. I felt this was an appropriate way to honor Martin Luther King and express my passion for reading and education.
The FedEx Freight Learning & Development Team volunteered at the FedExFamilyHouse for two days. Volunteers stocked the pantry and baked cookies for the FedExFamilyHouse guests. Our group had a great time spending quality time together while delivering on the Purple Promise giving back to our community.
FedExFamilyHouse opened its doors in December 2010 and is the first home of its kind for families at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The FedExFamilyHouse serves as the home away from home for out-of-town families with children receiving treatment at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
On January 31st, several FedEx team members were able to help provide food for people in need by making 300 sandwiches for the Minnesota Sandwich Project. The team was able to maximize time by packaging 300 sandwiches in a little over an hour. The $200 worth of food will certainly be an aid for those in need. After the team finished packing the sandwiches, they were transported to a local church and distributed to twin cities’ food shelves/pantries that help feed the hungry.
As the Customer Service Specialist for the Cal State University San Marcos, the assistant director of The Black Student Center, Anthony Jett contacted me to ask FedEx Office to help him create and print tickets. The tickets were for a comedy show on campus for Black History Month to support the Black Student Center which opened Feb 23, 2017. When I delivered the tickets I asked if I might purchase the first two tickets to get the ball rolling and to show my support for their event. I gifted the 2nd seat to one of my customers from the campus, Virgian Morrisette-Hughes.
The BSC promotes the academic, cultural, social, and political consciousness of students of color by actively engaging in institutional partnerships that will result in the overall increase of student recruitment, active member participation, retention, and graduation rates.
On a cold February morning, around 4:30 a.m. I stopped at Fresno Donut House to buy donuts for Mike Ducker’s visit. There was only one person in the donut shop, it was a homeless man. As I walked in the man said, “Good morning, it's cold one today.” I replied back, “Good morning and yes it's cold today.”
As I was ordering the man heard me order nine dozen donuts, astounded, the man stated, “Wow! That's a lot of donuts!” He then offered to help me carry the donuts to my car and opened the door for me. The man proceeded to share that he had burned his hands with a laundry detergent. His clothes and belongings were bundled in a blanket next to him. After the man helped me, I gave him some money so he could get a donut and a coffee. The man thanked me and told me “God Bless you.” I replied back, “God Bless you too buddy.” The man went up to the counter and ordered his donut and coffee. It felt very good to do even a small act of kindness for someone else.
I have no pictures for this story. I had a homeless man come into my store Tuesday February 20th. It was about a half hour to closing time. A man named Roy came in and sat down, he waited for me to finish with my customer. Once I finished I asked him what brought him in tonight. He said that he is homeless. He had spent the day and night the day before outside in a really bad snow storm with really low temperatures below 0. He said to me, “ma'am if I have to spend the night out there tonight, I won't live through it.” I called my husband and asked him to find a shelter that might take him in. My husband called the local police non-emergency number and they in turn gave him a number for a local shelter. He called and they said have him wait they will come and pick him up. I gave the man in need the salad I was going to eat for dinner and a warm place to rest until they arrived. I call what we did Angel Duty. It made me feel so good to be able to help him. You never know anyone's circumstances that put them on the streets or keeps the there.
In the spirit of giving back and Martin Luther King, Jr’s mission of empowering the community through education FedEx Ground team members held a book drive to donate to our local East Bay Children’s Book Project. For several weeks people brought in books to donate to the organization. The team members did not limit the books to only children’s books and thinking outside the box, they donated bilingual books as well.
The drive ended on Friday February 9th and in total we were able to donate 275 books! When dropping off the books, the volunteer staff at East Bay Children’s Book Project were overjoyed by the volume of books and range in selection from preschool all the way to high school level. The National Jewish Coalition of literacy estimates that 21 million Americans cannot read. By putting books into the hands of children who have little or no access to them, we feel we’ve made a positive impact on our community and in future generations to come.
This year for MLK50, FedEx Ground team members reached out to two local Elementary schools to inquire about their needs for school supplies and figure out what the team could donate. One school requested S.T.E.M supplies and the other general school supplies. The team held a two week drive and collected 1500 items for the two local Elementary schools. The team members also used the opportunity to collect 180 children's books for the Reach Out and Read Program, the books are distributed to local children in need. FedEx Ground team members look forward to continuing volunteer work in the community!