The more you give, the more you receive. For those who have time, talent or treasure to share with others, it is a rich reward. More than two dozen TransCanada employees from the Houston and Galleria offices in Texas experienced this first hand as they participated in food drives sponsored by the Houston Food Bank.
Two food drives were organized by TransCanda’s Houston Community Action Team, which chose to focus on hunger because the need is so great. The Houston Food Bank estimates one in four local children live at or below the poverty level.
“The Community Action Team reviews numerous sponsorship opportunities. In my eyes, the Houston Food Bank provides a much-needed resource for so many people and makes a difference every day in the lives of so many,” says Scott Willborn, a Senior Human Resources Consultant with TransCanada.
“It is unbelievable to see what they are able to accomplish with the donations and to see that so many children would not have meals each day were it not for the food provided by the Houston Food Bank.”
— Scott Willborn, Senior Human Resources Consultant, TransCanada
The volunteers helped with activities such as receiving shipments, breaking down produce into smaller quantities for distribution and helping clients bag groceries.
“The Keystone Project team is always looking for opportunities to engage with the community, where we construct and operate our projects,” said TransCanada’s Kirsten Kemprud, Stakeholder Relations for Keystone Projects.
“This event was an opportunity for us to come together, to not only give back to the community in a positive way, but also to use this opportunity as a team-building event and get to know each other on a personal level.”
— Kirsten Kemprud, Stakeholder Relations for Keystone Projects, TransCanada
Live on the news
In another event, 10 employees from downtown Houston volunteered at the KHOU 11 news station along with the Houston Food Bank and were included in live news shots as part of the morning broadcast.
“It really helped me get a better understanding of the Food Bank’s needs and how they process the food they receive,” said Lena Trevino, Community Investment Coordinator for the Houston office.
“I definitely look forward to this event again next year and hope we have the opportunity to participate.”
— Lena Trevino, Community Investment Coordinator, TransCanada
In addition to the volunteer work by employees, TransCanada also made a $25,000 donation to the Houston Food Bank to help fight hunger.