Environmental Factor, September 2011, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Goal exceeded, as NIEHS Feds Feed Families drive concludes
By Eddy Ball
At the collection point in front of Keystone, volunteers showed off donated products, during the July 27 collection. Shown, left to right, are Judy Hanson, Michelle Owens, and Chris Long. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)
Volunteer Rachel Frawley picked up food and other items for loading in the cars that carried the goods to the Durham Rescue Mission and the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)
Volunteers at NIEHS collected a record 3,550 pounds of non-perishable food, infant products, and hygiene items, during the 2011 Feds Feed Families food drive, far surpassing the 2010 total of 1,050 pounds and exceeding this year's goal by 50 pounds.
NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., said she was gratified by the generosity of employees and impressed by the leadership of organizers Bill Jirles of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2923, Annette Rice of the Research Triangle Park Chapter of Blacks In Government (BIG), and Monya Wells of the NIEHS Office of Management (OM), in the collection of food for delivery to the Durham Rescue Mission(http://www.durhamrescuemission.org/) and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina(http://www.foodbankcenc.org/site/PageServer?pagename=FBCENCHome) .
“We can all take pride in the way NIEHS has given back to the community in this time of need," Birnbaum said. "I want to thank Annette, Bill, and Monya for once again inspiring employees to join in to make the food drive a success, as well as the many people at NIEHS who took time to help their neighbors."
Answering the call
As they have in past charitable efforts, NIEHS/NTP employees and contractors did their part to make the drive a success, by helping to promote the food drive and make collections at the end of June, July, and August. As the weight of the donations suggests, there was plenty of lifting and moving to go around.
During the drive, which ran from June 28 through Aug. 31, the number of volunteers grew steadily. In addition to the organizers, the volunteers included William Boyd, Juanita Bradley, Sally Fields, Rachel Frawley, Margaret George, Veronica Godfrey Robinson, Dianne Gray, Judy Hanson, Chris Long, Dennis Malone, Jackie Osgood, Michelle Owens, Dudley Riner, VeeVee Shropshire, Mike Tyson, Mitzie Walker, Myra Westmoreland, and Sheila Withers, along with others who pitched in behind the scenes.