There's a message that's been shared on this blog many times by my fellow Snack Chat team members -- how great it is to work at a company that does so many things to help local communities. I had the opportunity to experience this myself today when I joined 1,200 Frito-Lay and PepsiCo coworkers for our second annual United Way Day of Caring, in partnership with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. Together, we donated more than 5,000 community service hours working on over 20 projects across the metroplex.
The range of projects was inspiring. Volunteers (including those at an East Dallas Community Schools campus, pictured at right) made improvements to playgrounds and campuses at area schools, painted a mural to inspire education, made repairs and renovations to a group home for people with disabilities, donated more than 600 lbs of canned goods to a local food pantry and so much more. I worked with some of my fellow Public Relations teammates to help Head Start of Greater Dallas, a local program which services more than 4,400 low-income, preschool-age children and their families. We assembled two months' worth of activity packets that will help these kids develop their reading abilities. Way to go, team!
Spending time giving back to my community with my coworkers was a truly rewarding experience, made even more meaningful by the message given to us as we started our day. Before we left the office this morning, United Way Day of Caring Event Chair and Frito-Lay Senior Director of Finance Ralph Goedderz (pictured at left) told us to go out into the community not only to make a difference ourselves but also to help inspire involvement from others. Hopefully this blog post will do just that.
UPDATE: Check out the United Way Day of Caring video below to see some of my Frito-Lay and PepsiCo coworkers in action.