Fostering a Giving Spirit

As Thanksgiving approaches, we have much to be thankful for at Barnhart.  Our 50th anniversary, for one. Who knew that a company that started at a kitchen table with a handful of employees would grow to 45 branches nationwide and 1200 employees? We couldn’t be more grateful for the clients and our team that made it all possible.

We try to foster a giving spirit not only at Thanksgiving, but throughout the year among our employees. Our Barnhart Cares program makes it easier for them to get involved in the local causes that matter the most.

In addition to Community Cares grants to help the underserved in our communities, Barnhart gives each employee funds to donate to the ministry or charity of their choice. For every hour volunteered, we match those funds up to 10 hours per quarter. A majority of Barnhart employees take advantage of the program and give back in a variety of ways.

Here are a few examples:

The Shreveport branch provided Thanksgiving meals for several needy families this season.
The Phoenix branch packed 7776 Manna Meals for Feed My Starving Children, which are donated to FMSC partners around the world.
Members of our Houston branch served the homeless at the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen.

Whatever the activity, our volunteers have learned that when you give of yourself, you get so much more back in return! Or to quote Anne Frank, “No one has ever become poor by giving.”   

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

About Meredith Portman

Meredith Portman is a freelance writer who specializes in heavy industry, healthcare and education.
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