Reading, PA – On Tuesday, February 19, a local company, Berkshire Systems Group Inc., gave back to the community by having its employees engage in a service project to benefit Reading residents served by Hope Rescue Mission, Meals on Wheels, Opportunity House and Olivet Boys and Girls Clubs. Over 100 employees of the Shillington-based systems integration company worked together during their annual meeting to assemble meals and snack bags to be donated to these community organizations, preparing meals for 250 people in shelters and 200 home-bound seniors as well as providing snack bags to 300 youth.
The project was part of BSGI’s corporate culture of encouraging employee volunteerism and giving back to the community. Beth Hann, BSGI President said “Giving back is not just about making ourselves feel good, but it’s our obligation as human beings to help where we can. My goal is to give our staff the opportunity to get involved to whatever level they feel comfortable and try to make a positive difference in people’s lives.”
This project was organized by VOiCEup Berks, a local nonprofit dedicated to connecting people with meaningful volunteer opportunities in Berks County. “It is amazing to help civic-minded local companies connect with organizations in our area to fill community needs and help others. I’m thrilled to be part of an organization that facilitates these connections and promotes positive community change.” Said Christi Terefenko, Executive Director for VOiCEup Berks.
VOiCEup Berks, a fund of Berks County Community Foundation and an affiliate of Youth Volunteer Corps, is a local organization dedicated to connecting all sectors of Berks County to volunteer opportunities through service learning. Formed in 2015, VOiCEup is the collaborative effort of a group of experienced volunteers who are committed to the power of service.