In March, Fathom kicked off its 2016 charitable giving initiatives with our first company-wide volunteer day. 40 volunteers from throughout Fathom came together to assist the team at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
Split up into two sessions, we helped sort food and pack lunches for distribution to local food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to then be sent out into the community. “Coming together with colleagues outside of work and seeing out that our passions don’t just lie in the marketing world was great. We had a blast, and it was very rewarding to see our efforts helping those who need it,” said Nurture Marketing Specialist and volunteer Abby Dunn.
Teamwork was essential for us throughout the day, as we worked closely with the staff at the Food Bank and adopted a new goal with our coworkers. Business Development Associate Mickey Haba said, “It was a great experience to work with our teammates on a common goal of helping people in need. Our volunteering really speaks to the mission of Fathom to inspiring transformation in its own people, local communities, and larger world.”
By the end of the day, we had sorted and repacked countless boxes of food, knowing that community members would soon see the food on their own tables. Seeing the generosity of the Cleveland community in the form of the donations and being a part of sending that food to those who will use it was both a potent reminder of the enormous need around us and an infinitely rewarding workday well spent.
“It feels great to work for a company that encourages employees to give their time to good causes.” – Abby Dunn, Nurture Marketing Specialist
About the Greater Cleveland Foodbank
As the largest hunger-relief organization in Northeast Ohio, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank helps those in need through food distribution, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) efforts, meal preparation through the Food Bank Kitchen and help center support for the hundreds of Cleveland-area community members who call each day.
Last year alone, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank distributed its food donations through 800 food pantries, meal programs, and shelters to provide just under 48 million meals across the counties it serves according to their annual report.
Volunteers play a huge role in making this possible—the volunteer time logged at the Food Bank in 2012 totaled over 62,000 hours, equaling the work of 30 full-time employees. The Greater Cleveland Food Bank accepts monetary and food donations and opens its doors to community members and groups interested in volunteering their time. Learn more about giving to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
About Fathom Gives
While Digital Marketing is our job, we recognize that giving back and making our community a better place gives purpose to what we do every day. Through the Fathom Gives Program, employees are encouraged to take interest and be passionate about helping the world around them in any way they can. With quarterly volunteer opportunities like the one held at the Food Bank and a corporate matching gift program, Fathomers are encouraged to come together to make real change happen outside the walls of the company.