When a representative from the United Way visited her workplace seven years ago and spoke about the Karing for Kidz backpack program, Lisa Lamoureux jumped at the chance to participate in a program in which she could also involve her young daughter. Since then, the two have spent one evening a week packing meals for local students who might otherwise go hungry on weekends.
“It’s eye-opening to realize that people in our backyard are suffering from hunger,” says Lamoureux. “I’m glad to give back and also be able to show my daughter what is happening in the world around her.”
Lamoureux also helps at the United Way’s Combat Hunger events and coordinates her workplace volunteer program, as her company, Bemis Associates, allows each employee to take 40 hours of paid volunteer service each year.
“I believe that it so much better to give than to receive, and I’m fortunate that my workplace supports this philosophy,” says Lamoureux. “I am able to get the satisfaction of knowing I’m helping out while also getting others involved.”