In just the past five years, Share What We Do Well Month (SWWDWM) has grown from a single day of service into a month-long expression of our value to “share what we do well.” Taking place each October, SWWDWM is a company-wide celebration of community giving. During SWWDWM, WhiteWave employees are given time-off to volunteer with non-profits in their communities.
Once again in 2016, our employees stepped up to the challenge. This October, 92% of North American WhiteWave employees participated in SWWDWM, supporting a variety of issues and causes in their communities. Team members participated in volunteer activities ranging from stocking food bank shelves to pitching in at community gardens and animal shelters. In total, more than 67 nonprofits in 26 locations across North America and Canada were supported by WhiteWave volunteers.
Here are just a few highlights from SWWDWM this year:
- Our warehouse and sales teams in City of Industry, CA participated in Disney 5K CHOC Walk in the Park, raising more than $6,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. The team also participated in a blood drive for the Children’s Hospital as part of their SWWDWM efforts.
- Several teams from our headquarters in Broomfield, CO volunteered their time at Community Food Share, a Feeding America food bank, helping to sort food and pack boxes for upcoming holiday dinner donations.
- The sales team in San Juan Bautista, CA got spooky, donating raisins to the town’s annual Halloween Party. Additionally, the team raised and donated $20,000 to help victims of the recent Soberanes Fire that impacted homes in the area.
- Finally, 55 “Vegatopians” from our Vega team in Canada joined forces to participate in Do Better Day. As part of this effort, these team members volunteered their time at more than 10 non-profits across Canada, including food banks, local farms and youth shelters.
While SWWDWM may only come once a year, we’re constantly striving to “share what we do well.” We’re extremely thankful to have employees who share our commitment to giving back and supporting the communities in which we live and work.