Last week we had the privilege and pleasure of continuing our Pledge 1% commitment. This time with another successful (Thanksgiving-themed) volunteer day at SOVA!
Nestled in the heart of the valley, and much more than a food pantry, SOVA provides free groceries and a wide variety of services to more than 9,000 of our neighbors. Across all of their LA locations , they serve and support more than 100,000 Angelenos of all ages, races, and ethnicities.
SOVA was established by JFSLA who have themselves been serving greater Los Angeles for more than 160 years (seriously, they were the first charitable organization established in LA way back in the 19th Century!).
Our most recent volunteer session once again took us to the warehouse where our team helped transform several pallets of Turkey-day-ready, non-perishables, and pantry staples into pre-packed and ready-to-distribute bags of groceries for the big day. The bags, containing green beans, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing will be matched with a whole turkey and distributed to those in need at centers all around the city!
It wasn’t our first time helping with this prep process and so, with our team spread around 2 packing lines, we set to work stocking supplies, bagging groceries, and loading giant boxes for the distribution centers. With our “assembly line” in full-swing we were able to prep and pack over 800 families’ Thanksgiving meals in a little under 2 hours, even with a smaller crew than normal!
For a 360-degree timelapse of the process to see us scurrying away in action, just follow the link right here!
It’s a tremendous feeling, being able to do real good as an organization, and we can’t wait until our next Pledge 1% sesh.
If you or someone you know in LA could use some support, please help them find SOVA’s information and, if you’d like to your organization to Pledge 1%, consider them as an effective and inspiring volunteer opportunity.
In the meantime, keep working hard, smart, and happy — and we’ll see you in the cloud.