Volunteer Spotlight: Sunrise Banks

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December 18, 2018 By: Tina Mortimer Category: Partner News

In 2017, employees from Sunrise Banks donated more than 8,000 hours of their time to volunteering in our community, and many of those hours were spent at Second Harvest Heartland.

Maggie Utter, third party risk analyst at Sunrise Banks, is a volunteer leader at the bank.

“I have been with Sunrise Banks for almost four years,” she said. “Volunteering is a core value. So much so that employees are given 40-hours paid time-off to volunteer each year. Employees are always willing to lend a hand to help those in need.”

For Utter, it’s about more than lending a hand to her fellow community members. It’s personal.

“There was a time when my kids were very young that I couldn’t afford to buy food for dinner,” she said. “I was so thankful for the food shelf that helped me out. It is an honor to be able to give back to an organization such as Second Harvest Heartland.”

Utter said if there’s one myth she could dispel about hunger, it’s that it doesn’t happen here in the United States.

“I think many people connect hunger problems with other countries,” she said. “However, we do have a hunger problem right here in the United States, and it is constantly growing.”

Utter feels that volunteering is especially important this time of year, when the holidays are in full swing and it gets easy to forget about those less fortunate.

“The holidays are an especially tough time for people who are living paycheck to paycheck,” she said. “If giving some of my time will help to ensure that families will have a wonderful dinner for the holidays, I am all for it.”

Get involved

If you’re a business owner or manager looking for a great team-building experience, you can strengthen your team and help your hungry neighbors at the same time at Second Harvest Heartland. We are counting on the generosity of corporate volunteers like you to fill day shifts in December, January, February and beyond. Volunteer for a shift today. Signing up is quick and easy.




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