Serving with our members is humbling for ECCU staff
And it never fails to encourage everyone who’s involved
Designating work time to give back is becoming common practice for more and more organizations. In fact, one source says that what’s now known as volunteer time off (VTO) is “the hottest trend in employee perks.” At ECCU, it’s been part of our culture for quite a while, and the latest give-back experience proves yet again that serving together is a win/win effort.
This summer an ECCU team joined with Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California to support their Acts of Appreciation Military Outreach ministry. The ministry is designed to recognize and shower military families with God's love through various "Acts of Appreciation." Two of those acts are to write notes of encouragement and assemble gifts for military families. These may seem like simple gestures, but for the ECCU staffers who participated recently (Dianna Reynolds, Josie Salazar, Julia Moegelin, Julie Polek, Kyle Ferris, Randall Segerstrom, and Rodica Marc), they were a substantial event.
“What a wonderful ministry this is,” Julie Polek said. “They were so organized and ready for a great time of serving. I loved having members of our military there to share and interact with us. As is very often the case when serving, I feel like I am the one who was blessed.”
Another ECCU serve team partnered with North Hills Church in Brea, California expressing similar sentiments about their experience. ECCU CMO Mark Middlebrook and five fellow staffers joined the church to serve the foster kids who attended the camp during a week-long Royal Family Kids Camp in the Southern California mountains.
Royal Family Kids works to create positive, life-changing moments for innocent children who have been victims of neglect, abuse and abandonment. “God is doing great work through these dedicated volunteers from North Hills,” Mark says. He summed up the serve-day experience as “fun and humbling.” Joining him for the day were Amanda McClure, Brian Constable, Byron Panopio, Jim Babbage and Paul Fritz.
With experiences like these, it’s no wonder more and more organizations are, like ECCU, offering service opportunities as an employee benefit!
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