October 27, 2010
Anne Goldfeld, NW VEG Volunteer Coordinator
Among the 250 plus volunteers at VegFest held in September were five Wells Fargo team members. These volunteers contributed a total of 33 hours during VegFest, with an additional 10 hours volunteered by the teenage daughter and friend of one employee. I spoke with Carolyn Payne, a Volunteer Program coordinator at Wells Fargo, about their experience:
Q. How would you describe the employee response to the VegFest volunteer opportunity?
A. Wells Fargo Team Members who took part in the opportunity were excited to participate in the ongoing awareness of vegan and vegetarian diets.
Q. Some of the Wells Fargo volunteers were "Green Team" members. How did VegFest fit with the mission of the Green Team?
A. Since June 2008, "Green Team" members at Wells Fargo's Barnhart Center in Beaverton have focused on environmentally-related projects in the community and at the center, including sharing information about sustainable and organic foods that are grown and sold locally.
Q. Were any of the Wells Fargo volunteers vegetarian before VegFest?
A. Yes, a few of the volunteers were vegetarian.
Q. I observed that all of Wells Fargo volunteers seemed to enjoy attending VegFest as well as volunteering there. What was the feedback from volunteers after the event?
A. The Wells Fargo team members had such a good time, they plan to participate in the 7th Annual VegFest and other volunteer events that continue to focus on sustainable, organic and local food options.
NW VEG congratulates Wells Fargo on receiving the 2010 Governorís Outstanding Statewide Volunteer Program Award. We look forward to seeing Wells Fargo team members for our second year tabling at their annual Health and Wellness Fair being held on November 10. And of course, we are excited about their continued participation with NW VEG at VegFest 2011 and other opportunities. Thank you, Carolyn and Wells Fargo Volunteers!