Touched by Hunger, Company Comes Together to Give Back

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April 26, 2019 By: Tina Mortimer Category: Hunger Stories

Mitch Brabec began volunteering for Second Harvest Heartland back in 2012 when he was still in college. A few years later, when he began his career as a commercial development specialist for Bio-Techne corporation—a company that develops and manufactures proteins and solutions for the diagnosis, etiology and progression of specific diseases—he was asked to help find a team-building event for employees.

“I suggested and then organized a volunteer event at Second Harvest Heartland with members of the department,” he said. “It was a huge success. Everyone in the department enjoyed the volunteer work.”

Brabec credits the planning and execution of the volunteer team at Second Harvest Heartland with the success of the event. With the enthusiastic response, Brabec said another volunteer event for the department was soon planned. And then another.

The last volunteer event involved the company’s entire Minneapolis campus, more than 80 employees and their family members, and was filmed by Bio-Techne.

“Everyone that participated was moved by the mission and the purpose of Second Harvest Heartland,” he said. “The ‘work’ was fun and the camaraderie among volunteers was great.”

The best part of the volunteer experience, according to Brabec, was basking in the knowledge that such a small investment of time and work would be maximized to help as many individuals and families as possible.

“We have all been touched by the hunger struggle ourselves or through a friend, neighbor or even a work colleague,” he said. “Many employees at the Minneapolis campus and at our other sites, volunteer for different organizations. It is part of our personal and work culture.”

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