Once a month, several members of Chesapeake Bank get together for a special day of shopping. At the end of their trip, they leave empty-handed, but with full hearts.
Through the United Way of Greater Williamsburg’s Community Resource Center and the Peninsula Food Bank, five to eight of our associates volunteer to help feed needy families in the Williamsburg community. Each month, between 100 and 150 “shoppers” arrive at the Mobile Food Pantry to pick up essential grocery items for their families. Our team helps with check-in, grabs a cart and shops with the visitors for things like frozen meats, fresh fruit and vegetables and crackers.
“Literally, they have to do nothing but check in, and we do everything else,” said Tucker Edmonds, assistant vice president and a mortgage lender at Chesapeake Bank.
Edmonds has served as chair of several committees during his many years on the United Way board.
“They asked if we would put this together and help pull it off,” he said, adding that Chesapeake Bank, a big supporter of United Way, has been helping with this program for a little more than a year.”
Added Jennifer Harris, a senior merchant support technician at Chesapeake Payment Systems, “Volunteering has always been important to me and given me a sense of purpose. We can strengthen our communities by giving back and helping others.”
For more information about the United Way of Greater Williamsburg, visit www.uwgw.org.