GREENVILLE, NC — Members of the 2018-2019 Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute (LI) volunteered their time, on December 12, 2018, at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC (CENC) Greenville Branch sorting and bagging 6,840 pounds of sweet potatoes for distribution to local families experiencing food-insecurity.
The Food Bank of CENC was the first of four volunteer visits for the LI during the program's "Make A Difference" session. Participants also visited the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain, Community Crossroads Center, and Ronald McDonald House of Eastern NC.
The Food Bank of CENC annually hosts the LI and several other corporate, church, school, and community groups, counting on thousands of volunteers to assist with sorting, boxing, and bagging millions of pounds of food for distribution to local communities in the region.
"It's important to highlight the local non-profit organizations, said Kate Teel, vice president of the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce. "During the holiday season, it provides participants the opportunity to give back to the Greenville-Pitt County community and truly feel like they're making a difference."
The LI is a eight-month program, providing educational, civic, governmental, and community engagement opportunities in order to train and promote leadership in the greater community. During the program, participants get an in-depth view of community issues, develop leadership skills necessary to assume leadership roles, and are exposed to community involvement opportunities.
The 2018-2019 program, presented by Vidant Medical Center, marks the 35th year of leadership training. Since its inception in 1983, the LI has trained and graduated over 900 civic leaders.