VML Foundation Day Has Huge Impact on Kansas City
Kansas City VMLers rolled up their sleeves Tuesday to spend the day giving back to the community for the eighth annual VML Foundation Day. Each year VML closes the doors to regular business to serve the community.
The organizations supported vary from year to year, but the goal remains the same: to use the collective energy and talents of VMLers to make the greatest impact for those who need it most. Harvesters Community Food Network, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Cultivate KC, Heart to Heart International, Longfellow Compost Education Operation and Kansas City Pet Project were the charitable organizations chosen to benefit from this year’s Foundation Day.
VML team leaders planned with the community organizations months in advance to assure each charity received the most beneficial outcomes. A record number of VML volunteers gave a helping hand to the various organizations in the Kansas City area. Some notable and tangible impacts include:
- At Harvesters, VMLers packed 4,706 kits given to those in need and 672 Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) cases, and bagged 9,510 pounds of potatoes and 7,029 pounds of carrots.
- The group at Children’s Mercy Hospital assisted children with art projects, including 22 painted flowerpots.
- At a local Cultivate KC farm, volunteers spent the day in the greenhouse and out in the fields, weeding four bean beds each supporting 100 pounds of beans. Three hundred eighty-five microgreens were seeded, and potted on 24 flats, which will bring Cultivate KC revenue into the thousands of dollars through the end of the year and into 2013.
- VMLers packed more than 3,000 and quality-checked 480 “care kits” at Heart to Heart International. Each kit is valued at $5-$8 and will be delivered to one of 125 countries. Pallets of miscellaneous hygiene items were sorted for future packing efforts.
- VMLers assisted Longfellow Compost with the neighborhood beautification project. Employees prepared a vacant lot for composting, worked in a garden and painted a mural.
- A group of animal-loving VMLers spent the day at Kansas City Pet Project helping with a mural project, cleaning cages, landscaping and walking dogs.
Throughout the day, VMLers shared their experiences on the agency’s primary social channels, posting to Facebook, tweeting, and taking and tracking pictures using the #VMLrepresent hashtag on Instagram. To check out pictures, click here.