About two and a half years ago, Reed Kelly, a manager at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, was looking for a community service project that fit two criteria. First, he needed to find an organization with a mission that his company could support financially. Second, this organization needed to offer plenty of engaging opportunities for his colleagues to volunteer as a team. When he contacted Second Harvest, he knew his search was over.
“It was an easy fit for us,” Reed says.
When Reed approached Second Harvest, he asked where he and his colleagues were needed most. The Mobile Pantry distributions for seniors and other struggling community members are a top priority. In addition to the company’s financial support of senior feeding programs, a group of Wells Fargo Advisors employees help unload, sort and pass out food to seniors at Una Church of Christ in Antioch on the second Friday of each month.
In his time as a volunteer, Reed has had the chance to speak with countless patrons, including a mother and her two children. As he helped her carry food to her car, she told Reed that her family was having a tough time starting a new life in Nashville. She said that although her husband was a doctor in Egypt, the only job he’s been able to find here is as a bellman.
“It’s not that people don’t want to work,” Reed says. “A lot of people are down and out on their luck and are just trying to put food on their table.”
Because Second Harvest makes it so easy to serve, Reed encourages other businesses to consider joining the fight against hunger as well. He has witnessed the need and knows there is much more work to do to provide hope to all his neighbors in need.
As we approach Volunteer Appreciation Month this coming April, we want to thank you, Reed, and everyone at Wells Fargo Advisors who works tirelessly to improve the lives of the seniors, children and families we serve. Your partnership in this effort is invaluable.
If you are interested in learning about volunteer opportunities, please visit our website here.