The mission of Workplace CARES is to connect employees with volunteer opportunities while making an impact on their hearts and our community.
The Workplace CARES committee evaluates and chooses projects that will contribute to increased employee morale, build leadership skills, and increase collaboration between City departments.
City Volunteers Leave Minnie’s with a “Hurt so good” Feeling
Employees eagerly answered the call for help when Volunteers In Plano publicized the need.
It was a Saturday well spent for the group of City staff who lent a hand at Minnie’s Food Pantry.
“I have been wanting to volunteer at Minnie’s for a while and was excited to hear the City was partnering with the Food Pantry on a Saturday,” said Bianca Hardison, Marketing and Community Engagement. “Minnie’s does an amazing job working with the community and it felt really good to help feed families in need. Hopefully more opportunities like this will be available to us!”
The statistics on the amazing job that she speaks of were recorded and shared with the Plano group at the end of their work shift. The group helped service 112 families, 274 individuals, processed 6,067 pounds of food and prepared 128 boxes containing various food items for preparing healthy meals.
Adapted Recreation Coordinator Deneice Scott added, “I am so thankful that the city offered an opportunity to send a group to Minnie’s Food Pantry. I learned so much about what they do there and “the work” it takes to do it. I may not have done this on my own, but I know now I will be back to volunteer!”
Each of the following people received heart-felt thanks, along with a certificate of appreciation: Carrie Frazier (Municipal Court), Bonnie Sanford (Municipal Court), Deneice Scott (Adapted Recreation), Lori Schwarz (Director of Neighborhood Services), Phyllis Reese and Bianca Hardison (Marketing & Community Engagement) and Kristie Cover (Plano Centre).
Lori summed up the outing, “We had a great experience volunteering for Minnie’s Food Pantry, especially getting to know City employees in different departments. It is amazing to see how many hundreds of citizens they serve in 3 hours on a Saturday morning while simultaneously receiving donations, preparing home deliveries for seniors, and creating lunch bags for the homeless and day laborers.”
Another team of Plano volunteers are set to visit Minnie’s later this month.
Nine City employees from Municipal Court and Police volunteered at Hope's Door in January, helping to sort donations, hang clothing, and tidy the retail store. Thank you for spending part of your weekend serving the community. Awesome job!
Hope’s Door Resale Store serves a vital role for clients who often give up everything to flee to safety from domestic violence. Through a voucher program, clients are able to get what they need at the store. Remaining items are sold to the public. All proceeds from the store benefit the programs and services at Hope’s Door.