Several months ago, Greenspoint Service Center employee Ricky Rapp, line mechanic, contacted Denice Pharr, service area assistant at Greenspoint, to organize a fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank to benefit children. Rapp had the compassion and foresight to recognize how lean summer months can be for those who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year, but little to no help during the summer.
“Each Thursday morning following the line mechanic’s tailboard meeting, Rapp placed a donation box on the table and his co-workers reached into their pockets to donate anything from $1 to $10 or whatever they had to give,” said Pharr. “To their surprise, their collection totaled $522, which is like raising $1,500 because of the food bank’s ability to triple donations through matching funds. I am incredibly impressed with the thoughtfulness of the employees who donated money week after week to feed the children,” added Pharr.
In addition, the economic downturn has created additional stress for nonprofits. Brian Greene, president and CEO of the Houston Food Bank, told the Houston Chronicle that through March of this year, 23 percent more families than last year are visiting the bank’s pantries. Rapp and his coworkers plan to spread this initiative to other service areas and make it a bi-annual fundraiser.