On Friday, Duke Energy employees from Greensburg, Columbus, Connersville and New Castle came together and volunteered their time to work at the Greensburg Community Bread of Life.
Bread of Life is a community-outreach organization that aims to provide two free weekly meals to the needy.
In a corporate-sponsored program that’s been running many years — Duke Energy In Action — employees give of their own time to help out in the community. Some of the volunteers drive long distances to assist. An organization is chosen ahead of time, and employees work with each organization to complete what needs done.
Gary Litten has been organizing the day of service for eight years and said he hopes to continue the tradition for many more years. Any employee who wants to participate, he said, is granted the time off work. Many friends and family members have joined in to help along the way as well, he added.
Litten is the team leader for Duke Energy In Action; he and a small army of employees have lent their aid to many different charities over the years. Last year, they worked at an animal shelter; the year before that, they were at the Bread of Life. Prior to that, the volunteers spent four years working with the Westport Baptist Youth Camp.
Litten explained that his team meets around January to make a list of potential non-profit charities that could use assistance. The team then contacts each of those non-profits to help decide where the employees will volunteer, basing the final decision on the work each charity needs done. The team aims to help as much as possible, and the chosen charity is the one who’ll benefit the most from the extra aid.
When asked if the employees enjoy their volunteer work, Litten looked around at the smiling, happy group and answered yes. He added that they like to help and are fortunate the company allows and supports their efforts. Many of the volunteers present chimed in and added that they enjoy getting out to help the community and seeing workers from other offices whom they don’t normally get to see.
Duke Energy employees arrived at the Bread of Life Friday morning toting canned goods for donation, ready to work. The twelve employees brought more than 73 pounds of food for the Bread of Life’s stock rooms, as well as numerous toiletries that could be useful to the organization.
This year, volunteers had their work cut out for them. They washed windows, re-caulked seals, changed light bulbs, cleaned light fixtures, installed a new mailbox, pulled weeds, planted flowers and fresh herbs, cleaned shelves and floor mats, and painted walls — among many other jobs. In addition to the hard work the employees did, Duke Energy Corporate gave the Greensburg Community Bread of Life a $1,000 grant to aid their mission of feeding the hungry.
Litten and the other volunteers present said they look forward to helping on their next service day. They enjoy spending time together and assisting a worthwhile charity at the same time, they said.
Bread of Life worker Shawn Terrell said he’s grateful for both the work completed by Duke Energy employees and for the grant money. It’s not a stretch to imagine that meal days will be easier for volunteers at the Greensburg Community Bread of Life for a while to come thanks to the extra tasks completed by Duke Energy’s volunteer team.
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