GREEN BAY - A piping hot meal to fill you belly with a big scoop of ice cream to finish it off.
This recent meal at the New Community Shelter in Green Bay is being served by some special volunteers. They all work for the same area company, LaForce.
"I think I hit the jackpot here, because there's a lot of community involvement," said Barb Deacon, LaForce employee.
Barb Deacon started working at the hardware supply company a few months ago. She was impressed with its new program. It encourages employees to volunteer. Deacon says it feels good to help her neighbors.
"It gets you thinking what can I do next, how can I better myself as a person, as a community member, an as employee," said Deacon.
"The little things that you wouldn't think matter, really matter," said Deb Coenen, LaForce employee.
Deb Coenen has been an employee at LaForce for 18 years. She serves on the volunteer committee and helps coordinate the events.
"But it is a big commitment from the company to allow their committee members to meet during working hours. It does take you away from your desk," said Coenen.
The company has a committee that looks through all sorts of volunteer opportunities. And because the committee does all of the research, workers say it's easy for them to get involved.
"We are constantly getting communications, telling us this is what's coming up, this is what's going on next, this is what you can get involved in," said Deacon.
"There's just so many different opportunities and people that appreciate the help. It makes you feels good," said David Blom, LaForce employee.
David Blom also helps organize events. He says the group tries to schedule at least one each month.
"It's very important for companies to get involved because they have the resources, they have the people, they have a lot of times the financial backing," said April Pingel, LaForce volunteer coordinator.
April Pingel coordinates the volunteering at LaForce.
"I am very excited that it's been so successful, and I only see it continuing that way," said Pingel.
She also helped serve the meal this past week.
Shelter officials say the LaForce volunteers are making a difference.
"Having them do community service at will, to come here to New Community Shelter and give back is amazing," said Mercedes Hernandez, New Community Shelter.
Employees feel it, too.
"I sleep better at night, and hopefully with the positive experiences I have, I can help encourage people to volunteer as well," said Deacon.
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