Our Promise Committee set out to connect with a charity in our community and we found the Northern IL Food Bank nearly right in our back yard.
We quickly were able to create an online donation site to encourage our guests and employees to donate funds to our cause. We created informational pieces on our website to help promote the food bank and provide valuable team building opportunities for our meetings and conventions. Every little bit helps. Did you know that they can provide $8 of food for every $1 donated? That's amazing!
We wanted to get out there and get involved ourselves and so we formed a group to volunteer for a shift at the warehouse packing food. When we arrived we were given a brief orientation about the food bank and the good work they do and then we got down to work!
It's amazing how people from all different parts of the hotel can come together as a team to get the job done, jumping in where needed! We're used to seeing this around Pheasant Run.
The three-hour shift seemed to fly by as we quickly completed three projects for the food bank that day. All in all (with a little help from another organization working alongside us), we packaged 24,042 pounds of food, providing 20,035 meals for hungry neighbors in Northern Illinois!
All in all, it was three hours well spent! We added our names to the giant name tag ball representing the thousands of previous volunteers who have passed through this warehouse. We encourage you to get out there and do the same!