“Be the change you wish to see in the world”
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?
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