Xerox Maui recently showed its support of the Maui Food Bank by providing funds and labor to build new shelving units for the local nonprofit. Close to a dozen Xerox Maui employees and their family members gave up a recent Saturday afternoon to build the much needed shelves. Xerox Maui also donated $2,000 to purchase materials for the shelves.
“These shelves serve an important role in our operations,” said Richard Yust, executive director for the Maui Food Bank. “The shelves are stocked with food and are used daily by our 120-plus partner agencies who come to the Maui Food Bank to obtain donated food for their programs. Our current shelves were over ten years old, literally falling apart, and desperately needed to be replaced.”
In addition to constructing 36 shelving units, Xerox Maui volunteers also attached new wheels to each unit. “Our new shelves can now be wheeled into the warehouse for stocking, then back into the front area for easy access by our partner agencies,” said Yust. “This provides us with a more efficient and time saving method for replenishing our shelves, which is done on a daily basis.”
Once the shelving units were constructed, Xerox Maui employees worked together to stock the shelves with donated food. “It goes without saying that we (Maui Food Bank) can’t do what we do without the help from businesses like Xerox,” said Yust.
Xerox Maui’s support of the Maui Food Bank is part of the company’s nationwide Xerox Community Involvement Program (XCIP), which is an employee-driven and corporate-supported community giving program. The XCIP program provides Xerox divisions throughout the country with an annual budget to implement community-based projects. In Hawaii, Xerox funds projects that benefit those in need, with the stipulation that all donations must be accompanied by employee volunteer man hours.
“We are blessed to live in such a special place,” said Arnold Wunder, account manager for Xerox Maui. “The people of Maui and the Island as a whole are very dedicated to supporting one another. XCIP is one way our employees are able to reach out and give back for all that we have received as members of this community.”
Xerox Maui has implemented the XCIP locally for the past 18 years and has supported non-profit organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America, Ka Halea Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center and many others.
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