Assistance League® of Diablo Valley President Margie Basile (row 1, far right), Community Programs Co-Chairman Laurie McIntosh and Food Boxes Chairman Joanna Smith (row 2, far left) welcome Corporate Partners from Fehr & Peers: (row 1, l. to r) Judy Schaeffer, Katherin Tellez, Pamela Dehal, Meara Breuker; (row 2, l. to r.) Mike Rodriguez, Ryan McClain, Julie Morgan, and Jackson Lo.
Assistance League of Diablo Valley’s Community Programs consists of seven programs that meet a range of community needs on an as-needed basis. Food Boxes is one such program that is responsible for the purchase of food and everyday necessities for individuals and families who are in crisis. Food Boxes Chairman Joanna Smith and committee members prepared for the most recent event by selecting nutritious items that included canned tuna, chicken, vegetables and fruit, as well as peanut butter, jelly, cereal, and tamales. Dish soap, laundry detergent, and toothpaste completed the inventory. Once delivered to the chapter house in Walnut Creek, these items transformed its large conference room into an assembly line workspace.
The next phase was facilitated by the chapter’s Corporate Partners Program, which enlists hands-on and financial help from members of the business and corporate communities. Fehr & Peers, known for providing transportation planning and traffic engineering services to private and public sectors, made a return visit on Thursday morning, May 23. Committed to the Corporate Partners Program since 2011, Fehr & Peers believes that supporting a nonprofit organization such as Assistance League of Diablo Valley improves lives in our community. Eight employee volunteers effortlessly broke down cartons of the above listed items, assembled boxes, and filled 60 of them in a mere two hours’ time. Once again, Assistance League of Diablo Valley and Corporate Partners Fehr & Peers put “Caring and Commitment into Action.”
The third phase, distribution, engaged the Contra Costa County Services Integration Program who, with the help of CAL WORKS, delivered 30 filled boxes to feed families in both Richmond and Bay Point. The entire process went beyond receiving, sorting, and hauling goods from Points A to C. While the food relieved hunger, community awareness nurtured on a deeper level.
To learn about Assistance League of Diablo Valley’s Community Programs, its Corporate Partners Program, and the Assistance League Way Side Inn Thrift Shop that funds these programs, please visit our website: diablovalley.assistanceleague.org.