Giving Back with Target
As a 2013 pharmacy intern, I’ve learned a ton about the best practices of Target Pharmacy. I’ve personally seen how the Target pharmacy staff partners with its guests to promote healthy communities, but what about the rest of Target? I bet you didn’t know that Target gives 5 percent of its profit back to local communities each week; I sure didn’t! However, Target believes that the time spent through volunteering in our community is equally as valuable as the financial contributions they make.
I was able to experience this commitment to service when my leaders invited our interns to participate in a local Habitat for Humanity Event. We piled into cars, wore our Target volunteer t-shirts, and headed to a nearby town to get our hands dirty.
When we arrived, we were greeted by the Habitat for Humanity staff. They were immediately impressed by our huge turnout of volunteers! They promptly assessed the group and assigned our tasks. Most volunteers went inside to paint the interior walls and ceilings while other more daring volunteers headed up to the roof, climbed ladders, or tested their luck with a table saw. I was assigned to paint a bedroom ceiling; a job that left me splattered in paint. I was quickly awarded the “Hot Mess” title by my store team leader (apparently no one else was as “decorated” as I was).
Volunteering with Target and Habitat for Humanity was an incredible experience.The family we helped consisted of two parents, five children, and one grandchild. It’s amazing what a couple of hours and determination can do. Not only were we able to help a few people, we were able to impact generations! Just in a few hours, we were able to get the whole interior painted and all the siding attached to the house.
After all of hard work, the volunteers gathered for lunch at a local restaurant to celebrate our success. We had some great laughs but best of all; we couldn’t stop talking about how much fun we had that morning. At Target, we are passionate about our guests, and by volunteering, we can extend our passion to the local community, where we can create amazing moments for everyone!
Post by Alex, Target Pharmacy Intern
Learn more about Target opportunities for college students here.