Volunteers running a bake sale

Doing Good on Insight Time

18 Nov 2014 by Robyn Itule

While many companies use off-site meetings and retreats to foster a sense of camaraderie among teammates, Insight uses hands-on volunteer work for team-building. Plus, the company is committed to giving back to the communities where it does business.

Fulfilling both of these noble causes, 50 teammates spent part of their morning on Nov. 18, 2014, at the Tempe, Ariz., location of Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). The Christian 501 (c)(3) nonprofit provides nutritionally complete meals for starving, malnourished, and hungry people in nearly 70 countries through 100 percent donations and volunteer work.

As loud music played, Insight teammates worked together—and sang and danced—to hand pack dry meals, including rice, dried vegetables, and soy protein. Each of four staff teams cheered and shouted each time they filled a box full of meals.

“Not only was it a great opportunity to show Insight as a caring member of our community, it was also a nice opportunity to get to know some of the other employees,” said Heather Heimsoth, a marketing manager at corporate headquarters who recently started at the company.  “I really enjoyed myself and felt proud to work for an organization that allows us time to give back to those less fortunate.”

FMSC by the Numbers

In just two hours, Insight teammates, as well as other office teams and Tempe community members, made a difference in the lives of many.

89 – People
137 – Boxes filled
216 – Meals in each box
29,592 – Meals
81 – Children fed for a year
Total cost of meals – $6,510.24

Insight encourages corporate contributions and partner donations besides hands-on participation such as the FMSC event. Employees are also given two paid days off a year to volunteer at the non-profit organization of their choice.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” –Winston Churchill