Walmart Distribution Center earns PRIDE volunteerism awardMay 17, 2012 by clackey
A London business and its employees have earned southern and eastern Kentucky’s PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award.
Walmart Distribution Center (DC) 6097 was honored yesterday for its contributions to local events during PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month in April.
During the Spring Cleanup Kick-Off, 27 Walmart DC associates volunteered for a total of 54 hours to pick up roadside litter near Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.
At the Laurel Lake Cleanup, 29 associates volunteered 87 hours. The distribution center rented two pontoons to take them out on the lake to pick up trash, and several associates brought their own boats.
“We can’t thank you enough for your commitment to serving your community,” said PRIDE’s Mark Davis, who presented the award today.
“You obviously care about making your home town the best it can be, and you’re willing to put your time and resources into making it happen,” he said. “When the call goes out for volunteers, we know we can count on a strong group from the Walmart Distribution Center.”
“You make a great team,” Davis added. “You have fun volunteering together, and you get a lot done. If everyone could see you out there, I think they would decide to follow in your footsteps.”
“Walmart is involved in a lot of community events, and our associates take ownership and choose where to volunteer,” said Teresa Parmon, who is the Human Resource Office Manager at Walmart DC 6097.
“We have a sustainability program, which means we recycle everything here, and I think our associates see volunteering with PRIDE as a continuation of that,” Parmon said.
“This is our community, and we get involved in many ways,” Parmon added. “When the tornado hit East Bernstadt, our associates looked for ways to help. Walmart does so many things for the community, from volunteering with PRIDE to helping children at Christmas to offering the Teacher Rewards program to walking for the March of Dimes. It’s just what we do.”
The PRIDE Volunteer of the Month program recognizes hard work and dedication to the PRIDE initiative, which promotes environmental education and cleanup efforts in 38 counties. With corporate sponsorship from TECO Coal, commercials about each PRIDE Volunteer of the Month are broadcast on WYMT-TV, which is the CBS affiliate in Hazard.
“Volunteers are the backbone of PRIDE,” said Congressman Hal Rogers, who co-founded PRIDE. “We wouldn’t be where we are without our volunteers. More than 360,000 volunteers have helped with PRIDE cleanup and education projects. We want to thank TECO Coal for helping PRIDE give these generous people the recognition they deserve.”
“Please tell us about PRIDE volunteers who impressed you because we want to thank them,” Davis said. “You can call our office, toll free, at 888-577-4339, or go online to submit a nomination for the PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award.”