Corporate Volunteerism Spotlight: Sage Hospitality
Sage Hospitality Partners with Mile High United Way to Make a Difference in the Community
For four hours on March 18, 160 Sage Hospitality volunteers filled the walls of Food Bank of the Rockies and packed an astounding 144,514 pounds of food, the equivalent of nearly 113,000 meals for those less fortunate. They also filled 1,250 bags of food -- 10,000 meals -- for Food for Thought’s Power Sack program which distributes meals to high-poverty Denver Public School children to bring home for the weekend.
Sage has made volunteering and giving back to the community part of their corporate culture in Denver and across the U.S. This year for their annual “Community Day,” they collaborated with Mile High United Way to find the perfect opportunity to engage their employees while helping others. By leveraging partnerships with Food Bank of the Rockies and Food for Thought, Mile High United Way was able to coordinate one of the largest single volunteer groups the organizations have ever hosted. “Our relationship with Mile High United Way is very inspiring,” says Robin Kirtley of Sage Hospitality, “we are proud that with their help we were able to bring together such a large group of volunteers in one day to make such a huge difference in our community.”
Through volunteer groups like Sage Hospitality, Food Bank of the Rockies is able to provide an essential community service. In Colorado, one in four working families do not have enough food to meet their basic needs*. And nearly one in six Coloradans experienced hunger at some point in 2012**. Having access to healthy food is crucial for individuals and families to be self-sufficient; for children to enter school ready to learn; and for our youth to graduation from high school and move on to college or a job.
“Last year we distributed 106,251 meals (127,000 pounds) of food each day,” says Janie Gianotsos of Food Bank of the Rockies a long-time partner of Mile High United Way. “We simply wouldn’t be able to do this without the help of volunteers.”
The community’s challenges are bigger than any one organization can solve alone and Mile High United Way is uniquely positioned to bring together nonprofits in need of volunteers with corporations of all sizes who want to donate their time. They believe that community change cannot happen without dedicated, caring volunteers and is committed to making these important connections between the agencies and local businesses. Whether it’s volunteering at a food bank, reading to children, or giving time and expertise to connect homeless people with vital services, volunteering not only boosts company morale, but makes Metro Denver a stronger community.
Thank you to ALL of the Mile High United Way volunteers for giving back, inspiring hope and creating opportunities; for helping families become stable and independent; and for choosing to LIVE UNITED. Together, we change lives and transform communities.
*Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2011, September 2012
**Hunger Free Colorado estimate based on Food Research and Action Center, Food Hardship in America 2012, February 2013, and Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2012, September 2013