THUNDER BAY ON ------ June 12, 2013 ----- Hot and sunny weather made giving back to the community feel even more fulfilling for SHIFT Thunder Bay’s Young Professionals Network at their 2nd Annual Drive Away Hunger Volunteer Food Drive, presented by BDO and supported by 5 Forks Restaurant. On Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 between 6pm-8pm, SHIFTers; including a few of SHIFT’s youngest attendees yet, were glad to volunteer their time canvassing a Thunder Bay neighbourhood asking residents for contributions of non-perishable food items to donate to the Regional Food Distribution Association (RFDA). Drive Away Hunger flyers were sent in advance to the residential neighbourhood and a grand total of 617.1 lbs of food was collected by 20 eager volunteers, visiting 500 houses, in record time, in just over an hour. All volunteers and participants were welcome to an After Party at 5 Forks Restaurant where they enjoyed a variety of scrumptious appetizers and socialized in the Forks South multifunction private room.
As SHIFT is always looking for ways to engage young minded individuals to support charitable organizations in Thunder Bay, this yearly event makes perfect sense to fulfill SHIFT’s community pillar nicely. When Chris Logan, Senior Accountant with BDO Canada approached SHIFT 2 years ago with the idea of collaborating for a campaign that would help provide food (one of the most basic needs in life) for individuals going hungry, SHIFT could not say “no”.
SHIFT would like to thank BDO for making this event a success, 5 Forks Restaurant for providing the fantastic after party, the RFDA for the opportunity to help, SHIFTs Professional & Personal Development Committee for the planning and execution of this event and all volunteers for taking part in helping make a difference in the community.
The Regional Food Distribution Association is a great local organization that provides food to local and regional food banks and tends to experience slow donation periods during the summer months and are continually seeking in-kind donations of products and services to keep their overhead costs down and to direct their limited financial resources toward feeding the hungry.
SHIFT is Thunder Bay’s home for young-minded professionals who understand that moving their community forward means more than just doing business. It’s the big picture, from social and environmental concerns to personal and professional development. Together, we can move forward.