Retirees Give Back
From food banks to senior centers, blood drives and school districts, our Graybar retirees have been busy giving back to their communities.
Forklifts and Food Banks
As a volunteer manager at Bishops’ Storehouse Food Bank in Mukilteo, Washington, Graybar Retiree Bert C. helps supervise volunteers and manages the warehouse inventory. He also works alongside his wife Marsha in stocking shelves, fruit/vegetable bins and filling patron food orders.
“Many of these skills I picked up while working at Graybar,” said Bert. “From product ordering to inventory and warehouse management – and yes, I even get to drive the forklift!”
Music for a Good Cause
Graybar Retiree Ted H. spends time volunteering at The Gathering Place, an Alzheimer and dementia support group sponsored by the nonprofit, volunteer led organization, CarePartners.
“Since my background was in IT at Graybar, I put together slide shows and other audio visual items to entertain and stimulate the attendees and then run them during the meeting,” said Ted. “Music is always big part of our program. It makes every meeting feel like a party!”
West Virginia Home Remodeling
From June 23-28, Graybar Retiree Terry A. and 30 volunteers traveled to rural West Virginia to help remodel a house for a young family. The group remodeled a bedroom, painted and even installed a septic system and a bathroom, among other projects.
“The best part was getting to know the family,” said Terry. “The mom and dad had recently adopted a 12-year old girl. The girl had been living with her grandmother, who had recently passed away. They were very grateful for all that our team did for them.”
Service Work in Seattle
Retiree Robert V. has been involved with the Atlantic Street Center (ASC) in Seattle since 2012, when his local Graybar branch donated 3,000 children’s books to the non-profit social service agency. In 2017, Robert became Board President.
In June, Robert spent time volunteering at Marra-Desimone Park through the Seattle Works Day Project. His team cleaned and cleared out a community garden.
If you are a Graybar retiree and you volunteer in your local community, we want to hear from you! Email us at GRAYBAR150@GRAYBAR.COM and tell us all about it!