Publix Serves Week: A United Way Day of Caring Extravaganza
Publix Serves Day is a company-wide effort that involves Publix store associates in a variety of volunteer work. While Publix associates give back individually throughout the year, associates look forward to helping their communities and team building with fellow employees within their respective districts to help change lives. Covid-19 has changed the way this yearly event takes place. 2021 has turned Publix Serves Day into Publix Serves Week!
This year, Publix Associates from several different stores were given different days in which to help the community. Several did Days of Caring with different United Way Agencies throughout Lee County. Publix Store 1564, 13121 Paul J. Doherty Pkwy., Fort Myers, helped UW Partner Agency, Midwest Food Bank by participating in their “Load Out Day”. Volunteers helped prep food orders and loaded vehicles up with food. Publix Store 162, 5781 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres, assisted UW Partner Lehigh Community Services by sprucing up their parking lot with lines and arrows in order to easier direct traffic.
Several Publix stores provided help with the United Way Gifts In Kind Warehouse. The United Way Gifts in Kind program accepts donations from the community and distributes them to local non-profits in need of the items.
Publix Serves Day honors Publix founder, George Jenkins, who passionately believed in giving back to the community, and Publix employees are still carrying on the tradition. Brian West, Publix spokesperson, said, “We have the greatest associates! Every day, they give back to their communities in so many great ways. Publix Serves is an opportunity for them to do something together, and meet the needs of organizations in a big way.”
“Publix has a strong corporate culture of giving back to the community. Publix associates make a difference in the lives of thousands of people in our community by volunteering for various projects through Publix Serves and United Way Days of Caring. Thank you, Publix, for giving back to our community.” said Jeannine Joy, President and CEO of United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee.
About United Way
The United Way’s Day of Caring is a year-round program, coordinated by the United Way Volunteer Center, which matches businesses’ desire to help with the needs of the community. Many local groups and companies have participated such as Lee Health, Fifth Third Bank, and Scotlynn, USA. The United Way Volunteer Center connects individuals and companies to volunteer opportunities throughout our community. You can reach the United Way Volunteer Center by calling 239-433-7567, or by visiting the United Way website at www.UnitedWayLee.org/Volunteer.