Guest Blogger, Thea Phalon, Community Relations Manager, East Region
Everyday Efforts…Extraordinary Impact. This year’s volunteer week theme is the result of feedback received from our annual employee volunteer survey. In that survey, we asked UGI employees to share with us about their volunteer experiences. In particular, we asked the open ended “I volunteer because…”. The answers were astounding. “I take great pride in making these organizations and the people they serve more successful.” “It matters.” “We’re blessed to be a blessing.” Having been at UGI for almost a year, I knew our employees were caring, involved individuals. What really astounded me was that our employees, regardless of their positions, felt the NEED to give back.
And that’s what it’s really about, isn’t it? Recognizing that the needs of our communities are our needs. And these people really get it. American Red Cross, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Scouts, Animal Rescue, Meals on Wheels, plus many, many others benefited from the service of our employees in the East region in 2016. In total, 591 UGI employees gave over 54,000 volunteer hours.
In celebration of National Volunteer Week April 23-29, UGI employees will work together in an initiative to benefit the communities in which we live and work. This year we’ll be collecting sports equipment and snacks to benefit area youth. These donations will go to: Avenues of PA (Frackville and Hazleton Offices), Big Brothers Big Sisters Monroe County, Community Bike Works-Allentown (Lehigh and Lehighton), Olivet Boys & Girls Club, and United Way Lower Anthracite-Shamokin School District.
Additionally, the Lehigh office will again participate in the Volunteer Challenge hosted by the Volunteer Center. They’ll be working with Community Bike Works at Mosser Village in Allentown to help construct bike storage, repair the bike path, and build a community gardenl. Through the Earn a Bike, Community Bike Works’ flagship program, students team up with adult mentors for a 12-week course in bike mechanics and safety. Regardless of your work location, I invite all east employees to participate in this challenge by collecting the above mentioned items at your local office or volunteering a day to help at Community Bike Works.
National Volunteer Week is also a time for UGI to say “thank you” to our dedicated employees who not only give their best everyday at their job, but go home and continue to serve their communities through animal care and rescue, church, sports teams, emergency services, amongst other avenues. Truly you are everyday people making extraordinary impact.