“You are going to have so much fun working with Harland Clarke” – this was how I was introduced by my United Way colleague, to the fun and passionate Community Involvement Team at Harland Clarke Customer Contact Center. And, it was true! The leadership team at Harland Clarke takes the idea of leading by example to heart. Harland Clarke exemplifies what it means to GIVE, ADVOCATE, and VOLUNTEER in both its workplace and our community.
Chaundale Cook leads the team with enthusiasm and jumped right in when I called about holding a Stuff the Bus school supply drive. She hung posters and encouraged her co-workers to share when there were coupons and sales for school supplies. The Center has just 230 employees but they gathered over 11,300 items for Stuff the Bus!
With boxes and boxes of donated supplies, the leadership team rolled up their sleeves and volunteered their time to sorting not only their own items, but also piles of items donated from other Stuff the Bus drives. It was incredible to watch this group of 25 swarm into our Stuff the Bus headquarters at The Gateway and divide thousands of school supplies for 8,500 at-risk kids into categories so that they are ready to be stuffed into backpacks during our Day of Caring on September 11 (tomorrow!).