HR and finance teams pitch in at Food Bank of the Rockies

Volunteer efforts are part of university's CU in the Community campaign, which wraps up this month

March 7, 2013

Human Resources team poses for a picture at Food Bank of the Rockies after volunteering at the warehouse

By University Communications

DENVER – The university’s Human Resources Office this year chose to donate its time in the CU in the Community campaign to the Food Bank of the Rockies.

On March 1, 23 volunteers from the office filled almost 500 boxes — 6.5 tons — with food for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food program that targets low-income, pregnant and postpartum women, their infants and children, and seniors.

Scenes from HR’s volunteer day at FBR:

Brooke Fitzpatrick, a senior human resources consultant, said the four hours of packaging more than 13,000 pounds of food left the group with a unanimous feeling of success and time well spent. “Working toward a common good and touching our community through Food Bank of the Rockies was an amazing experience, and it was honor to volunteer our time,” Fitzpatrick said.

She joined colleagues at the Food Bank of the Rockies’ warehouse at 10700 E. 45th Ave. in Denver.

Administrative Assistant Duane Trantham said, “It helped me realize that Food Bank of the Rockies has a rich and long history of individuals from the community volunteering while it gives back to those in need in the community.”

Amy Lowell, human resources consultant, added: “It was a great way for our HR team to give back to our community, while bonding over such an amazing cause!”

During this year’s CU in the Community campaign, other university departments fanned out across the Denver metropolitan area to perform community service. For example, the leadership team pitched in on a Habitat for Humanity home in northeast Denver, and teams from University Communications and the Finance Office volunteered at Food Bank of the Rockies.

Finance Office’s volunteer effort at FBR:

Olive Crawford, the Food Bank of the Rockies’ warehouse floor manager for volunteers, told the Finance Office group on Feb. 8 that they completed their assigned tasks faster than any group she had ever worked with. Score one for the bean counters!

Through CU in the Community all faculty and staff are allowed one half-day of work time (four hours) to go into the community and participate in a volunteer activity of their choice. This year’s program, which had Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver as featured partner, was expanded to include students and alumni.

The campaign wrapped up early this month.

(Photo at top: The Human Resources team gathered at the Food Bank of the Rockies warehouse in Denver on March 1 to package boxes of food.)