Participants in the United Way’s Day of Caring likely recognize Mike Fleek, a volunteer who can be seen each year flipping burgers at the event’s culminating barbeque. Fleek also helps plan the barbeque, as his employer, Hannaford Supermarkets, donates all of the food used in the cookout.
“I spend time reaching out to different stores asking for donations, and they are happy to contribute,” says Fleek. “On the day of the actual event I also run around and collect everything.”
Fleek has also served on the overall Day of Caring Steering Committee for more than twelve years. He originally joined at the request of a manager who suggested it as a way to build professional connections, but Fleek says he found much more than that.
“Volunteering definitely brings something special to my job, but the best part is the relationships I’ve formed with people I’ve met over the years, particularly those involved with the Day of Caring,” says Fleek. “It’s a fun group and the time we spend together is sincere.”