Living our values is something that is important to our employees every single day, and there’s no greater time to celebrate and share those values in our communities than the holiday season. A time of celebration and gathering, this can also be a time of economic challenge for individuals and families across our state. In 2019, we put several of those values to work—People, Teamwork, and Stewardship—as we rolled up our sleeves to help those who help others.
In an effort to provide support where it was most needed this holiday season, Great Western participated in a three-part giving campaign with food banks across our state to provide meals to families in three different counties.
In September, Great Western ‘paved the runway’ with a gift to Food Bank of the Rockies, to help them kick off their annual giving campaign and provide an important jumpstart to the holidays.
In November, over a dozen employees from Great Western volunteered at Weld Food Bank, in conjunction with a telethon with KFKA Radio where we matched dollar-for-dollar contributions from the community to Weld Food Bank.
Finally, in December it was our pleasure to sponsor Food for Hope, an Adams County initiative that provided meals through local schools to over 2,500 families this holiday season.
All in all, this campaign provided 20,000 meals, 5,000 meals boxes in Adams County schools, and 250 Thanksgiving dinners.
In the words of Bob O’Connor, CEO of Weld Food Bank, it’s “friends supporting friends… there is nothing greater” and we like to think that’s what it’s all about, every day.
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