This year, we launched our volunteer policy company-wide. Our staff are given a full day each year to volunteer their time with an organization of their choosing. As long as it is not an exclusionary group or a political campaign, Mytech offers the staff this option to take a full day or two half days at any time during the year to volunteer. Last month, I chose to use that day to volunteer at Feed My Starving Children, a Mytech Client. As a member of our culture committee, I extended an invitation to anyone else on staff to join me and three other employees joined in and we had an amazing experience that I want to share. We normally call out an employee who embodies a particular value in this newsletter, but this time I want to recognize a client and three of my colleagues here at Mytech. The value of set the next person up for success is clear: If we can provide stability so the children can focus on education and their future, we are doing it right.
“The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world.”
– Norman Borlaug
Feed My Starving Children is a Christian non-profit organization committed to feeding the hungry throughout the globe. They have reached nearly 70 countries so far. Their process is impressive and yet very manual; this seems intentional as it would not be the same experience if it were an automated factory. In just two hours about a hundred volunteers packed up 167 boxes of their MannaPack Rice, destined for Belize. Each pack contains six meals, so our first shift produced 36,072 meals! With several shifts a day and several locations throughout the country, this organization is doing amazing things in the world and it was an honor to participate. I am certain I will sign up again very soon. They also pack on Saturdays and even have mobile packing sites too. For additional information, please visit their website at http://fmsc.org
“You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
I was joined by fellow Mytechians Nick Mancino, Ben Schow, and Quintin Porter. The four of us worked on a team and we volunteered on three packing shifts. The energy in the packing area was electric. Music played loudly and people were shouting and cheering each time they filled another box. I felt connected to my colleagues in a new way. We were not Mytech employees doing our work, we were teammates making a difference in the world. I could not help but feel utterly grateful and humbled to witness such generosity. I would not have known my colleagues as well as I do now and I thank Feed My Starving Children and Mytech for giving us this incredible opportunity and experience.
“It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act.”
– His Holiness The Dalai Lama