Village Veterans Find Fulfillment in Village Service Project
Last week, our veteran teammates visited the San Diego Food Bank while attending DaVita’s two-day Veterans 2 Village (V2V) program. All 81 program participants volunteered to help the food bank sort, pack and prepare food for distribution to individuals and families in need.
Check out their stats:
- 5,000 pounds of food sorted from the San Diego Food Bank Summer Food drive = 4,166 meals
- 2,200 pounds of rice repacked into 2,200 one-pound bags = 1,833 meals
- 8,042 pounds of potatoes were sorted and packed for distribution = 6,701 meals
- 720 senior boxes were packed for a total of 21,600 pounds = 18,000 meals
And we learned that our team broke the San Diego Food Bank’s record on packing the most pallets of senior boxes – 12 pallets in one and a half hours! Congratulations teammates!
Veterans 2 Village (V2V) is a two day professional development class that focuses on self-development and introduces our Village Veterans to our other military programs and benefits, as well as how to get more involved in DaVita veteran initiatives. The program is open to all DaVita veterans and service members. The veteran participants and veteran guides focus on emotional intelligence, communication, and team building with the intent to help ease the transition from the military into the Village culture.
Here’s what some of the V2V participants had to say about their Village Service Day:
- “As a social worker, I was very happy to be in a food bank for the first time. I am grateful to have that experience now to help me relate to others.” – Anna McKeon
- “I was happy to achieve our purpose.” – Ivan Ruvalcaba
- “It gave me fulfillment.” – Scott Hoffman
- “I liked that we went in as strangers (our first hour together), as teammates from all levels and made that commitment to go in together to give service to others in need.’ – Tyrone Richardson
- “Made me feel proud to give back to help those military families.” – Kerron Higgins