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Celebrating National Volunteer Month

Delta ModTech employees make a difference!

Throughout the year Delta ModTech gives our employees the opportunity to give back by sharing their knowledge, their dollars, their labor, and, most importantly, by sharing their hearts.

Our charitable giving events benefit people around the world, from working with local high school robotics teams and college groups to serving the local community food pantry and helping pack meals to fight against global hunger. Here are some highlights of how our employees step up and give back.

Our most recent Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) event on April 11 was a fun and rewarding team-building effort. One hundred and fifty volunteers, including employees, their families, and several of our partner school groups arrived at the FMSC facility at 5:00 p.m.

We had nine packing teams, a warehouse team, and a group to work at the label table. We turned up the music and … ready, set, go! We were up for the challenge to feed as many kids as possible in a one-and-a-half hour time slot and hopefully beat our previous meal-packing record of 134 boxes.

By 6:30 we had packed 157 boxes, provided 33,912 meals, and fed 93 kids for an entire year. Success! In addition, we raised $5,380, and with Delta ModTech’s corporate match our total donation was $10,760.

The teams were competitive. With some suspense the winner was announced: Congratulations to Matt’s team of project coordinators. His team packed 19-and-a-half boxes. Several teams were right on their heels. Cam and the design engineers packed 19 boxes and a group of mechanical engineers led by Michael were at a little over 18 boxes. Ultimately, we were all working together for a great cause and the feeling of success was shared by everyone.

Prior to the FMSC event, Delta ModTech hosted The Hospitality Center, a group of international college students. They arrived at 2:30 to tour Delta, meet our employees, and learn firsthand about potential career paths. Our employees volunteered to share their knowledge and help with the tours and machine demonstrations. Then everyone enjoyed some networking and a light dinner provided by Delta ModTech prior to heading to the FMSC to work together for a great global cause.

Also this month, Delta ModTech was a sponsor for the inaugural year of the FIRST Robotics Granite City regional competition in St. Cloud, Minn. As a sponsor, Delta ModTech supported the event in a number of ways. Our COO, Wendy Stromberg, was a guest speaker for the VIP luncheon, plus we had several employees volunteer as judges. In addition, many Delta employees are involved all year as coaches and mentors for various robotics teams.

Other year-round activities include food drives for the local food pantry and quarterly Red Cross Blood drives hosted at our facility. On average, 30 to 40 Delta employees choose to donate blood conveniently in our training room, providing over 30 pints of life-saving blood per session.

Overall, Delta encourages our employees to find ways to make a positive impact on society and the environment. For example, this month we are celebrating Earth Day (April 22) and the importance of sustainability by providing gloves and bags for employees to take as they go on walks in the neighborhood during their break time—and pick up any litter they see along the way.

A fun educational trivia contest on April 24 tested our knowledge on various environmental topics. Fresh, hot popcorn was served, and the winners received a pair of tickets to a Minnesota Twins baseball game.

At Delta ModTech, the spirit of volunteering is strong. It’s also an integral part of how Delta ModTech encourages a healthy balance of work, fun, and teamwork, which clearly boosts employee morale and engagement.

Your next machine is only as good as the people who make it