Nimble Blog

NimbleUser Participates in Supply Drive for Lollypop Farm

Written by Courtney Lill

During the month of May, the NimbleUser team participated in a supply drive for Lollypop Farm, a local animal shelter with multiple adoption centers throughout the Rochester area. Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, aims to build lifelong bonds between people and animals through education, community outreach programs, and the prevention of cruelty.

As a team, we donated over 20 items, including pet food, treats, and cleaning supplies. The NimbleUser team also bonded over stories and photos of their own pets who were the inspiration for the donations. Check out the photos of some of our fur children here. (We’re very proud pet parents.)

Interested in making a donation of your own? Check out Lollypop's wish list. Items can be dropped off at the shelter in Fairport or adoption center in Greece. Anything helps!

Lollypop Donation.JPG

Tags:

Volunteer Day: Northwest Harvest's Cherry Street Food Bank

Written by Bobby Watson

As somebody living right in the center of Seattle, surrounded by high-rise office buildings, various apartment complexes, hundreds of restaurant establishments, and just as many retail shopping stores, it’s sometimes hard to fathom that millions of people in the United States go hungry every single day. Washington is the 22nd hungriest state in the nation, with 14.3% of the state’s inhabitants not having constant and reliable access to food.

Nwh Logo

The Northwest Harvest is a 501(c)(3) based in Seattle, Washington. Besides providing food for over more than 370 partner programs, they operate the Cherry Street Food Bank in downtown Seattle. Cherry Street is one of the busiest food banks in the state, and provides nearly 1.5 million meals every year to anybody who walks through the door.

In mid-December, I spent a few hours volunteering at the food bank. My main role for the afternoon was to help sort and serve food to everybody who chose to go through the grocery line instead of receiving a prepared lunch. We had served almost 700 people by around 1:30 in the afternoon!

On most days, visitors have the option of either going through the grocery line or taking a pre-made bag of food, which is especially important for the folks who have no way to prepare their own meals. On the day I volunteered, we offered mashed potatoes, stuffing, pasta, tomato sauces, and an assortment of canned vegetables, soups, and beans. We also had rice, fresh lettuce, fresh berries, and various other items that they could take, all for free. The only limitation is that you can only take 1 or 2 items from each bin of food. I was there on a Monday, but Thursdays are a special day - family day - when items such as baby food and diapers can be picked up.

What You Can Donate

I’ve donated canned goods during food drives in the past, but I’d never really considered the fact that food banks need certain goods more than others. In just my first day volunteering at Cherry Street, I realized several things:

  1. When donating a canned good item, try to donate an item that has a tab for easy opening. Some people who go to the food bank don’t have can openers readily available to them.

  2. Macaroni and cheese is a popular item (although somewhat unhealthy), as is chicken noodle soup (at least during the winter!).

  3. Try to donate something other than green beans. Corn, peas, carrots, etc. are all good options. But not green beans. (Trust me, even if everybody who read this article didn’t donate green beans, the food bank would still get enough green beans.)

  4. People need to care for their pets, too. I had many people ask for cat and dog food, or litter.

For some other good insights, check out this article, “What food banks need most (and what they get too much of)

Final Thoughts

My experience was eye-opening. It’s easy to donate $25 to a food bank or a shelter and give it almost no more thought whatsoever, but you don’t realize the impact it has on somebody’s well-being until you spend time there and see people filing in from all walks of life.


I’ve since decided that I want to continue volunteering at the food bank and have committed to volunteer there at least one afternoon shift a month throughout 2015. If you’re feeling inspired, why not search for a local food bank in your area?

Tags:

Volunteer Day: Monroe Community Hospital Golf Tournament

Written by Janelle Danehy

My volunteer day took place on June 30, 2014 with Monroe Community Hospital (MCH). MCH is a long term care facility that houses residents from birth to the most recent celebrated birthday of 105 years old. Each year, MCH holds a golf tournament to help fundraise for their program, Project Independence. Project Independence is a program within the MCH foundation that helps raise money for residents to aid in their independence of daily activities. The golf tournament and the MCH foundation raised over $40,000 this year, with over $3,000 in raffles alone the day of the tournament. The proceeds from the tournament will be used to support power wheelchairs, including customizations and maintenance, adaptive and therapeutic equipment, and specialized programs that promote resident independence to a high degree.

My job in the morning was to help set up and assist with registrations and managing the raffles. Golfers were teams of 4 who were sponsored by local businesses or paid their own portion. Each golfer received a gift bag, that I helped stuff prior to their arrival. The bag included a golf polo, golf balls and tees, water bottles, and score cards. There was also a raffle set up at the end of the registration table. The raffle prizes were contributions from sponsors, and the golfers bought raffle tickets to help raise additional money for the foundation, while having the opportunity to win prizes.

Golf tournament.jpg

During the afternoon, I was placed on one of the three “hole in one” holes to monitor the golf teams. At hole five, eight, and eighteen, golfers had the opportunity to win either an Amazon Kindle, a 50 inch television, or a brand new car, and I had to be sure if a hole in one was made, I could confirm it happening. Unfortunately, no hole in one was made during the day, but it made for a fun, competitive afternoon. There was also a food section on the outdoor patio that was cooking hot dogs, hamburgers, and Italian sausage for the golfers. I made sure they were fully stocked through the day, and did not run low on anything. When the teams began trickling back into the country club for dinner, I helped tear down the food and put things away. I helped with a few side jobs before the day wrapped up and the tournament ended.

golf tournament - carts.jpg

I have been a part of volunteering with MCH for many years and see the benefits of Project Independence on residents. Touch screen computers to aid in communicating, advanced mobility with wheelchair improvements, and electronic beds are some of the advancements brought to MCH. The foundation as a whole does many positive contributions for the community and helps to improve the quality of life for individuals, young and old. 

 

Tags:

NimbleUser Participates in SBC Thanksgiving Basket Drive

Written by Beth Farrar

For the past 18 years, the Small Business Council (SBC) of Rochester has run a Thanksgiving food drive for the local Rochester Business Communtiy. The goal for the 2014 SBC Cares Thanksgiving Appeal is to provide more than 3,000 families with food baskets for Thanksgiving dinner. Requested items include non-perishable items such as stuffing mix, canned fruit & vegetables, dessert mix and more. Each basket also includes a $25 grocery gift card.
 
NimbleUser is participating in the appeal by donating four baskets, with employees signing up to bring in the requested items. NimbleUser has participated in this holiday drive for the past 4+ years and it is something the staff and their famililies look forward to. Sig VanDamme, Founder & Chief Customer Officer of NimbleUser, commented "Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on how fortunate we are and to pay it forward." 

SBC Cares

In 2013, the SBC of Rochester reported:

  • 2144 food baskets collected
  • $19,738.55 in donations
  • 200 participating businesses
  • More than 75 SBC volunteers who helped to pick up and distribute food baskets.

Local organizations that benefit from the collected baskets include:

  • Sojourner House
  • Mercy Residential Services
  • Wilson Commencement Park
  • Veterans Outreach Center
  • The Community Place of Greater Rochester
  • Catholic Charities
  • YMCA
  • Alternatives for Battered Women
  • Baden Street Settlement
  • The Open Door Mission

 

Tags:

Nimbler Joe Klimek Honored by WPI Alumni Association for Distinguished Service

Written by Beth Farrar

Joe Klimek WPI AwardJoe Klimek, a 1994 graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and Account Executive at NimbleUser, received the John Boynton Young Alumni Award for Service to WPI. The John Boynton Young Alumni Award for Service to WPI is presented by the WPI Alumni Association to young alumni who demonstrate the qualities of WPI’s founder through their energy, commitment, involvement, and noteworthy service to the university and/or the Alumni Association. Joe accepted the award on Saturday, May 31, during his 20th reunion celebration.

Joe stated, “I have chosen to invest my time and talents with WPI because I believe in the mission of the university and I experienced first-hand the impact it has on individuals. Not just in my own experience, but with hundreds of students and alumni that I have interacted with in my various roles. I focus my volunteer efforts on bringing as many alumni as possible back into touch with the university. Many have left their college years behind to enter successful careers and start families. However I have found that if I can pique their interest with just a small task or favor, then nearly everyone is willing to answer the call to help. That may be a scholarship application review or just posting a blog entry – we all want to give back and we simply need to be asked.

A member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, Joe has dedicated countless hours to his fraternity and the greek community at WPI:

  • He helped build the Lambda Chi Alpha chapter facility in the mid-1990s and has helped facilitate many alumni activities and events for Lambda Chi Alpha alumni. 
  • He has served on the Alumni Board for WPI’s chapter and currently serves as the board chair. In 2013 Joe organized a series of events, including a gala banquet, in celebration of Lambda Chi Alpha’s centennial year on campus. Among current students in Lambda Chi Alpha he is known as a trusted advisor, mentor, and friend.

Joe is also a long-time member of WPI’s Greek Alumni Council, which encompasses alumni from all fraternities and sororities.

  • He served as council secretary and president from 1996 to 2002 and currently serves as its president once again. Under his leadership, the council integrated the WPI wireless network into chapter houses nearly 15 years ago, and he helped establish the Greek Alumni Council awards as an important campus program to recognize greek excellence. 
  • He is also a mentor to other greek house corporation presidents.

Over the years Joe has served WPI’s general alumni body as a class representative on Alumni Council and on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Additionally, he has volunteered to assist admissions with student recruitment.

NimbleUser would like to congratulate Joe on his award, volunteerism and spirit of giving back.

Tags: