Petaluma, Calif. (July 15, 2019) — The volunteer effort by staff members of Optio Solutions and affiliate, CrossCheck, at the Redwood Empire Food Bank has reached 14 consecutive months. Ten employees participated in the food bank’s weekday Warehouse Support program on June 27. Food bank representative Cassidy Jourdan said the staff members helped package 4,722 pounds of fresh apples and oranges, representing 5,666 meals for seniors in need.
During the 14-month period of May 2018 through June 2019, company volunteers are responsible for packing 2,274 grocery boxes, 7,161 pounds of apples, 6,600 pounds of carrots, 7,161 pounds of oranges, and 2,400 pounds of plums. Their efforts represent over 800 man-hours and approximately 76,549 meals for people in need. The team is composed of 16 volunteers per month on average.
CrossCheck Senior Vice President Charles Dortch III launched the effort in May 2018 and is on site to help pack food items. He is joined by other CrossCheck senior vice presidents as well as President and Chief Executive Office Chris Schumacher of Optio Solutions.
“It’s great to see management and employees coming together to support our community,” said Schumacher, who often conducts quality control on the content of grocery boxes before they are sealed and palletized. “It’s a fun time outside of the office doing something that makes a difference to others in need.”
The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization serving north coastal California from Sonoma County to the Oregon border. Since 1987, the REFB has provided food and nourishment to those facing hunger, currently serving 82,000 children, families and seniors in Sonoma County while striving to end hunger in the community.
Evening Warehouse Support shifts are scheduled Monday through Thursday from 5 – 7 pm, but a variety of other volunteer opportunities are offered throughout the week (see the REFB Volunteer page for days and times.)
About Optio Solutions
Optio Solutions, LLC is a national debt collection agency focused on improving the ROI of clients and protecting their brands via extensive financial services experience, advanced technology, certified data security, legal compliance and professionally designated staff. Optio is a member of ACA International and the California Association of Collectors. The agency has offices in Petaluma, Calif. and Fargo, N.D.