Each year, Cleveland Water employees participate in the City of Cleveland’s Harvest For Hunger campaign. It’s a great way for us to collectively give back to the communities we serve but it also helps bring us together with our colleagues. This year our main event was so successful, we more than doubled the contributions raised in previous years at the event.
In 2015, the Cleveland Department of Public Utilities decided to try something a little different to raise money for the campaigns. After watching the Cleveland Food Bank’s Harvest For Hunger campaign kickoff where local celebrities raced around the Food Bank with kid-sized shopping carts, organizers thought it might be fun to adopt something similar, and the DPU Race to End Hunger was born. The Race involves teams of participants who race around our administration building strategically collecting payroll deduction cards, cash and Super Six food items from their coworkers. Of course, the tiny shopping carts and Harvest For Hunger aprons are a necessity, and many teams devise creative and fun ways to get the job done!
From the beginning, Cleveland Water and many of its supporting Public Utilities sections proved they were up to the challenge. In the first year, more than $4,500 was raised in less than an hour on a Friday afternoon. The second year, $5,500. This year, our employees were ready to up the ante, gearing up for the event in the weeks preceding and ultimately raising more than $11,800 during the race alone! That’s more than 47,000 meals for those in need, not to mention, the Race also brought in about 1,200 pounds of food for th e Cleveland Food Bank.
To date, Cleveland Public Utilities has raised more than $50,000 for this year’s Harvest For Hunger campaign but we’re not done yet. And, next year, we’ll do it all again.