SpartanNash associates care deeply about the communities in which they live and work. One way this care is demonstrated is through volunteering throughout the year. Many of our associates have been volunteering for years or even decades, while others may be searching for the right opportunity to make a difference. As a company, we want to support our associates who have, on their own, made a commitment to volunteering, and we want to inspire other associates to begin or increase their volunteering efforts. In this way, we can continually build stronger communities for our families and neighbors.
Volunteering is an important component of SpartanNash’s Corporate Responsibility commitment and a catalyst to building a winning culture. Volunteering helps improve the communities we serve, while building relationships, camaraderie, teamwork and a sense of pride and purpose in our service to others.
In 2017, SpartanNash challenged our associates to collectively contribute at least 30,000 volunteer hours — and we are proud to announce we exceeded that goal by 36 percent, volunteering a total of 41,016 hours as a company.
As a way to recognize and honor our associates’ dedication to volunteering, we also launched the 100 Club in 2016. Associates who exceed 100 recorded volunteer hours in a calendar year can select their favorite 501(c)(3) charity, and SpartanNash will make a $100 donation in their name. In 2017, 115 associates joined the 100 Club.
Our company vision is to be a best-in-class business that feels local, where relationships matter. Supporting and encouraging volunteerism helps us live our vision and allows us to recognize our associates who also value volunteering.
Helping Hands in the Community days
Since 2011, our Minneapolis Service Center has hosted an annual Helping Hands in the Community Day – a day of community service where associates complete group volunteer projects at various local nonprofits. In 2016, Helping Hands was expanded to SpartanNash’s corporate headquarters in Grand Rapids, Mich. and its MDV military division in Norfolk, Va.
Over the last seven years, associates have contributed more than 20,000 hours at nearly 50 community partners.
As our associates give back, they quickly learn how much they receive in the process. Helping Hands days help us better connect with our Foundation grant recipients, community partners and coworkers.