It wasn't a good experience. We went down there with a group of 20 and the entire time the volunteer "coordinator" that the Food Bank supplied, yelled at us most of the time. I'm not sure if it's an anger management issue or what, but we left feeling embarrassed and not sure why we even showed up.
I know it's a great feeling to volunteer by helping the folks that need our help. However, it's another thing to feel like you suck and you can't do anything right. We asked why there wasn't any hand outs or signage on the wall explaining ... there was no answer.
Our CEO was with us and had planned on donating around 40K, but after that experience, I think he decided we would find another charity to make the donation to.
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Wonderful opportunity to learn about the good works that North Texas Food Bank is doing. I was very impressed with how organized their operation is, and how friendly all the employees were.
Our team worked alongside two other volunteer groups during an afternoon shift at NTFB. It was very rewarding to see the camaraderie and enthusiasm on everyone's part. My stint helping at the loading dock was strenuous, as we stacked hundreds of 24-packs of Propel vitamin water that had toppled from pallets. But it was satisfying to get it done so that the regular warehouse workers could continue being productive. The afternoon teams together packed up about 17,000 meals. The NTFB fulfills a tremendous need in the community and I look forward to working there again.
I had a wonderful experience volunteering at the NTFB with my Southwest Airlines Maintenance coworkers. The caring staff not only provided a tour of this awesome facility, but also shared with us the many ways it organizes & provides for the hungry in our communities. They were very motivating & encouraging during the entire experience. We all felt the true joy of working & laughing hard together for such a great cause. HIGHLY recommend this experience to everyone!
Our group had a wonderful time. It was not only a great way to volunteer for your community, but also a chance to work together with your coworkers outside of the pressures of work. I've learned so much more about the people I work with everyday from that one event than I have from corporate meetings. Moreover, the facilitator was organized and created a fun environment. Best team building event we've ever done, hands down.
The experience was very heart touching and well received by our group of 22. We turned our team building event into a competition to beat the Home Depot crew. A little friendly competition to out do them, lead to more meals being boxed for the hungry. It was a great team building excercise for us as we all pulled together to complete a final goal. That goal of course was tangible as opposed to other team building or leadership classes I've attended where we did excercises. The tangible goal was seen by us at the end of the excercise. We left with a huge feeling of satisfaction for goals accomplished, and more importantly giving back to our community and the people of North Texas.
I've volunteered for the NTFB several times, and I am always impressed by the way that they easily incorporate groups of all sizes...and with the fun I've had. Even with that familiarity, I still found that our recent corporate teambuilding event at the NTFB exceeded my expectations. We worked really, really hard and actually learned some things about ourselves and the group at the same time. Other teambuiling events I've been to have been nothing but self-help mumbo jumbo or an excuse to sit around and have beers. This was a good use of our time, and fun to boot.
I've had experience with a few other places in doing teambuilding events for a charity. This was, by far, the most well-run and most enjoyable I've done with my team. The program not only focused on the North Texas Food Bank and how it works, but it also had an added benefit of helping my team learn to work together better and build communication. I got a great glimpse into just how competitive our group is, which was a surprise. Sweat flew. Cheers radiated throughout the warehouse floor. And nearly 20,000 pounds of food boxed along the way, we had a lot of laughs. This is a great event to help build camraderie as well as a gift of giving back to the community. I highly recommend this for your teambuilding event. You'll be surprised at the outcome and feedback.
When a Team Member first suggested the idea of Serving U, I wasn't sure. There more I learned, the more interested I became. Not only were we helping the community, we would have the opportunity to come together as a Team to set a goal and work towards that goal. It's sometimes difficult to find a Teambuilding event that everyone will attend / enjoy. Without question, we've had nothing but positive comments from the Team and a request to come back! I'd recommend it to any organization / Team as a true Teambuilding event.
My team spent a day at the North Texas Food Bank recently, and everyone loved the experience. They were so impressed with the layout and efficiency of the organization, and they were intrigued by the various productivity efforts that have been put in place. (Most of my team focuses in improving efficiency and productivity in the mainteance efforts of Southwest Airlines.) The Teambuilding opportunity was excellent, and everyone love the opportunity to set a goal for packing food, and then find ways to improve on that goal. We all have been talking about it for days, and my Leader has already talked to our Vice President about doing a Leadership Teambuilding for our senior leaders at the NTFB! We can't wait to come back.