March 28, 2014

Citizens of the Week: Shaw’s Global Sourcing Department

— Shaw Industries as a company is known for its support of the United Way of Northwest Georgia, but a group of employees there have gone out of their way to take time to give back.

Members of Shaw Industries’ Global Sourcing Department worked almost every day last week volunteering in some capacity.

On Monday, they were at the Whitfield County-Dalton Day Care Center and Bright Beginnings Day Care reading to preschool classrooms and helping with St. Patrick’s Day crafts.

On Tuesday, they helped Meals on Wheels, an organization that delivers fresh, hot meals to individuals who otherwise wouldn’t likely have access to the meals, on two of their routes.

On Wednesday, the group volunteered to help organize “Buddy Lunches” through Big Brothers Big Sisters in which adults paired up with children who needed a mentor. The lunches were at City Park School and Tunnel Hill Elementary School.

United Way Volunteer Center Coordinator Jennifer E. Latour said the Shaw volunteers came to the schools with their arms filled with treats.

“Rick Davis came rolling in with stacks after stacks of pizza, and his team of volunteers gushed in holding bags, bags, bags of chips,” Latour said. “When the kids spotted all of the goodies, let’s just say their shyness evaporated like thin air.”

On Thursday, volunteers interacted with individuals with developmental disabilities at Cross Plains Community Partner.

On Friday, the group packed more than 100 boxes of food at the Salvation Army and also helped sort through donations.

Others who volunteered during the week were Sheena Findley, and Tim Ausmus (United Way’s Corporate Volunteer Council chairman), who helped organize the week of service.

“This team has such a big heart, and they willingly sacrificed their time to give back,” Latour said.

For their week of work, The Daily Citizen names the group from Shaw’s Global Sourcing Department Citizens of the Week.