page-12_omaha-dc_volunteersSpartanNash 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 2016, SpartanNash challenged our associates to collectively contribute at least 15,000 volunteer hours — and we are proud to announce we exceeded that goal by 35 percent, volunteering a total of 20,234 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.

See our 2016 SpartanNash volunteer impact report.

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

helpinghands_communitySince 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.

Over the last six years, 1,628 associates have participated in the Twin Cities, contributing more than 10,500 hours at 19 different community partners.

The program has been so successful that we expanded Helping Hands to our Grand Rapids, Mich. and Norfolk, Va. service centers in 2016. More than 300 Grand Rapids associates volunteered 1,854 hours at 21 community partners, and more than 80 MDV Norfolk associates contributed nearly 500 hours at eight nonprofit organizations.

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 co-workers.