posts tagged with Volunteer

Learning the Value of Service, Sharing with Those in Need

danconnors-foodandfriends.jpeg Years ago, when Dan Connors was a carefree college student, his summer job was cutting lawns in upstate New York. Dan enjoyed the pleasant work, the smells of fresh-cut grass, and the intermittent schedule. He was wiling away the afternoon on the sofa on one of his days off when his dad walked by and said “Get off the couch, you’re coming with us.”

Celebrating 10 Years of Volunteer Work in Los Angeles

fcw-losangelesteam.jpg If you bring up the subject of FedEx Cares Week around Mary Gonzales, you’ll see her face immediately fill with energy, and you won’t be able to miss the light in her eyes. Mary will quickly tell you that she is just one of an amazing team of hundreds of FedEx volunteers who give back to their community every year in the Los Angeles area. This humble attitude, and the experience of doing something to truly help others, brings people back to sign up for often-difficult physical work, volunteering year after year.

Restoring the Identities and Livelihood of Our Homeless Community in Memphis

logohomelessconnect.jpg As Robert and I moved from station to station, I saw the world through the eyes of someone experiencing homelessness. As I helped him fill out a form for a replacement Social Security card, I had to pause on the second line: What is your address? Such a simple question for most of us, but not for Robert. Later, I received a text from my husband: What should we do for dinner tonight? Such a casual choice, full of options for most of us, but not for Robert.

My Message to Dads: Fathers Rock! Mentors Rock!

fathers rock[1].jpg I’m Terry Allen. By day I’m a Dallas-based FedEx Account Executive in our sales department. To my family, I’m “dad” – coach, mentor and positive role model. If you ask my son, I am the bank, the chauffeur and the nosey guy who meddles in all of his decisions.

I know all too well that for various reasons, not every family has a father figure. Growing up in a single parent household, I saw the challenges my mom had as a widower raising, at the time, seven siblings. What was so amazing is that my mother made sure that there were male role models for my brothers, sisters and myself. My uncles, grandfathers and older cousins were ever present in our lives. Looking back...

VIDEO: Delivering Education with Teach for America

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 3.44.34 PM.png For the past seven years, FedEx has supported Teach for America and their commitment to provide students of diverse backgrounds with educational opportunities that will reward them and their communities for a lifetime.

I recently spent the morning in a ninth grade classroom at Arlington High School in Indianapolis as part of “Teach for America” week. That visit had special meaning for me. My son Johnny, who recently graduated from Rhodes College, is joining the TFA corps and will begin teaching in Memphis this fall. We both share a passion for learning and the belief that every child deserves the same opportunity for achievement and advancement through education...