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Second Harvest Volunteer Event

Be the change

Be the change you wish to see in the world

– Ghandi

I am fortunate to work for a company who puts this concept into practice every day. Target has a long standing commitment to community service. Did you know that since 1946, Target has given 5% of its profits to support communities? Today, that translates into $4M every week! Every time you shop at Target, you help to support our local communities. Undercurrents of philanthropy permeate the Target culture – from our stores to our distribution centers to our headquarters locations.

A few weeks ago, my team and I took the afternoon off to volunteer at Second Harvest Heartland – a non-profit organization working to end hunger through community partnerships. We spent the afternoon, scooping, measuring, packing and packaging rice casserole. My team has a tendency to make everything (and I mean everything) into a competition which fuels our desire to be the best. We were told that the average volunteer group packs 40 boxes of rice casserole (24 individual packets per box). So naturally, we set our goal at more than 40 boxes. It was a day filled with hairnets – a stylish necessity, music, Michael Jackson dance moves, a great deal of laughter and an opportunity for us to connect in a meaningful way. At the end of the day, we packed 57 boxes  or 1,368 packets of rice casserole – totaling 950 lbs. of food!  Now that is the change I want to see in the world.

Target provides unlimited opportunities to get involved in community service– whether it is an organized team activity, being a member of our volunteer business council or simply shopping at Target.

What is the change you wish to see in the world? What will you do to make it possible today?

For great volunteer opportunities near you, visit:

Click here to learn more about human resources opportunities at Target.

  1. Carl Walker said:

    Where are the African Males, and males of other cultures? Surely all of them have not been to prison. Your nice photo does not show equal diversity for the number of nationalties that shop in your stores.

  2. nick said:

    Carl: the image above is only representative of those team members that were able join us for the volunteer event. Target is an equal employment opportunity employer, and is strongly committed to diversity in our workforce. In recognition of being a leader for inclusivity and diversity in the workplace, Target was named the top retailer in 2012 by DiversityInc Magazine in its “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” issue, and “Profiles in Diversity Journal” honored Target with its “2011 Diversity Leader Award.” To learn more, visit:

  3. Adam said:

    This is truly inspiring. I am currently going through the interview process for a Target Executive Leader Internship and this is exactly why I would love to work for Target. Thank you so much for sharing these statistics and giving an inside look at Target’s company culture.

  4. Craig said:

    i filled out application with you guys on several occasions, i never received an confirmation or receip of the application even… what’s the deal wit that…

  5. elisa said:

    Hi Craig-

    Please make sure that your application process was complete: that you signed up for email updates and submitted the actual job application (it’s a multi-step process). If you continue to experience issues, please email for additional assistance. You can also contact the HR manager at your store to check the status of your application.

    Thank you,
    Elisa & the Target Careers team

  6. Deb H. said:

    I tried to fill out an application for my local store(on-line). Before I could submit it, I was given a message to the effect that there were no jobs available, therefore my application was not submittable or some such thing. Do you not accept applications if there is no job opening at a specific store or did I do something wrong?

  7. elisa said:

    Hi Deb-

    I apologize that you’re experiencing issues! Our system is set up to accept applications regardless of whether there is an open position. The issue was most likely caused by missing, incomplete or incompatible data. Please try submitting again using a different browser if possible. If you still experience issues please contact for additional assistance.

    Thank you!
    Elisa & the Target Careers team

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Nick is a Minnesota native who began his career at Target in 2005 as a Marketing intern while at the University of Minnesota. Most recently, he completed his MBA at Hamline University. Nick has worked in a variety of strategic marketing roles at Target including Community Relations and Toys and Grocery, but most recently made the leap to HR. When not at work, you can spot Nick at the gym, at a pop concert or exploring the newest Minneapolis restaurant. His favorite part about working at Target is the ability to drive authentic and meaningful change on a world-class brand.