Partner Spotlight: Second Harvest Foodbank of Metrolina

As the summer comes to an end and we start to enjoy the cooler weather, the Live Love Serve Foundation would like to put a spotlight on Second Harvest Foodbank of Metrolina – a community organization committed to supplying food and grocery items to charitable agencies that assist people in need. 

This September, Second Harvest Foodbank has created a 30 day awareness campaign called Hunger Action Month, where people all over the United States stand together to end hunger. This month is a time where individuals and partner organizations should spread the word and take action in the hunger crisis that exists in our nation today. 

From its regional distribution center and secondary branches, Second Harvest Foodbank serves a total of 24 counties, with 14 being in North Carolina and 10 counties located in South Carolina. Last year, the Second Harvest Food Bank distributed more than 60 million pounds of food and household items throughout its 24 county service region, with 12.8 million of those pounds being distributed to agencies in Mecklenburg County alone. 

How the Live Love Serve Foundation Partners with Second Harvest Foodbank 
CBI Workplace Solutions and the Live Love Serve Foundation have been longstanding supporters of Second Harvest Foodbank of Metrolina. Each year in December, we host an end-of-year, holiday celebration for our Associates in which we celebrate our successes as a business and a community. At this celebration, we always come together to participate in a service activity that will benefit neighbors in need and many times throughout the years the service activity we have chosen is to host a food drive benefitting Second Harvest Foodbank of Metrolina.

Additionally, throughout each year, various CBI locations and individual Associates have given their time to sort and package food at the Second Harvest Foodbank’s regional distribution center located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Second Harvest Foodbank is very near and dear to our hearts and the Live Love Serve Foundation will continue lending our support however we can throughout this fall. 

There are many ways you can contribute to the Second Harvest Foodbank of Metrolina. Whether you host a food drive, give your time in the regional distribution center or make a donation, all efforts are much appreciated and needed. Learn more about Second Harvest Foodbank and how you can support them in the upcoming months by visiting Let’s all do our part to take action against hunger.

YBLA’s R.I.S.E. Virtual Leadership Summit

The Live Love Serve Foundation has partnered with and supported the Young Black Leadership Alliance (YBLA) for several years, and we continue to help them make their mission known in our local community. Founded by John and Tammy Martin in 2006, the YBLA focuses on developing young black leaders to have a positive impact on their community now and in the future. They develop and equip young individuals to impact and inspire underserved and at-risk students in their families, schools and communities to achieve successful life outcomes. The young people that take part in the YBLA program are peer mentors and role models for other students, and by developing these students to become service-minded leaders, the YBLA is strengthening families, schools and communities throughout our area.

In June we posted about the YBLA’s scholar’s day, which was a graduation awards event that the organization hosted for their graduating seniors.  This month, on August 22, the YBLA will host their first ever R.I.S.E. Virtual Leadership Summit for high school juniors and their parents who have an interest in leadership development and want to learn what it takes to attend the college of their dreams. This event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes an impressive lineup of guest speakers. 

Kwan Brown, Director of Community Engagement of the group Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, will discuss how parents and students can empower themselves to become better advocates for their unique educational needs. 

Additionally, inspirational speaker Marlon Smith will provide students with leadership development skills, career readiness advice and more. Students will have the opportunity to connect directly with college representatives from Historically Black Colleges, Ivy League Universities and other private and public institutions around the country who will help students prepare for a successful college experience after high school. 

This Virtual Summit is just one of the many ways the YBLA is positively impacting local students in the Charlotte area, and the Live Love Serve Foundation is so proud to partner with such an outstanding organization. Learn more about the R.I.S.E. Virtual Summit and how to sign-up here and check out the other great things the YBLA has in store for this year by visiting their Facebook page

Partnership Spotlight: Rotary Club of Charleston

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you know that the Live Love Serve Foundation is a strong supporter of various non-profit and charitable organizations within the communities in which we do business. 

We also partner with a number of professional organizations in all of our markets who are working to make a positive impact on clients and partners within our industry. An organization we support in our Charleston market is the Rotary Club of Charleston, which has been serving the historic Charleston area since 1920. 

When asked “What is Rotary?” most people would answer that it is a service club, but it is actually much, much more. There are 1.2 million neighbors, friends and community leaders who come together as Rotarians to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the globe. Rotarians see challenges in unique ways, think differently, seek unique solutions, act responsibly and make a difference.

How the Live Love Serve Foundation and CBI Workplace Solutions Partner with the Rotary Club of Charleston

Kerby Teller, CBI’s market leader in Charleston, sits on the board of the Rotary Club with his role focusing on community initiatives. Kerby has played a large role in connecting CBI, the Live Love Serve Foundation and the Rotary Club and has provided extensive support through his leadership and service. Additionally, Kerby has engaged other associates in our Charleston office to participate in volunteer events with the Rotary on a regular basis.

Ongoing activities that the Rotary Club of Charleston sponsors include:

  • Rotary Readers – Weekly rotations where club members read to elementary aged students for about 30 minutes each week. This activity helps build a child’s excitement for reading and gives them access to a mentor who can encourage them along the way.
  • Adopt a Highway – A quarterly activity where club members pick up trash to keep a section of highway clean. Afterwards they get together for adult beverages and group camaraderie.  
  • Entrepreneurship Classes – Weekly classes where Volunteers speak and mentor, a class of students at James Simmons Elementary. 

If you live in Charleston and are interested in learning more about the Rotary Club of Charleston, visit their website and learn how you can get involved in this great organization.