Celebrating Community: DFA Employees Lend a Hand

December 22, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Throughout this holiday season, employees of Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) have worked to demonstrate the Cooperative’s value of community. Employees from across the country opened their hearts (and wallets) to help those in need in the communities DFA serves.

Kansas City Headquarters and Central Area
Through activities such as a soup day, bake sale, jeans days and a chili cook-off contest, more than $5,000 was raised for Synergy Services, an organization that assists women and children who are victims of abuse. The money collected was used to purchase toys and clothing that were used by Synergy Services in their holiday store, where families in need select items from the store to give as holiday presents.

In addition, employees donated six boxes of household and other personal care items and purchased more than 175 Angel Tree items (toys, clothes, books, etc.) for Synergy’s holiday store. The DFA donation is the largest the group receives each year during the holiday season.

Mideast Area
Employees at the Medina, Ohio, office for DFA’s Mideast Area raised funds through a Christmas tree raffle. For several years, former Board member Connie Finton has donated a decorated Christmas tree, with proceeds from the raffle benefitting a DFA member in need.

Southeast Area
In the Knoxville, Tenn., office, employees filled several barrels with food and household items for the Mission of Hope, an organization that assists people in need in the Appalachian area. In addition, the employees raised more than $5,500, which was divided among many Knoxville-area organizations including Second Harvest, Knoxville Area Rescue Mission, The Empty Stocking Fund, Angel Tree, Meals on Wheels, The Salvation Army, The East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Love Kitchen and the Weigel’s Milk Fund.

Northeast Area
In lieu of sending holiday cards, the Northeast Area staff made a donation to Heifer International, an organization dedicated to working with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth.

Employees also participated in the Syracuse-based Christmas Bureau collection, sponsored by the Salvation Army, and donated food items, toys and clothing for those in need.

Southwest Area
Members of the Southwest Area office in Clovis, N.M., supplied milk and ice cream for a holiday party for 30 children who currently have a parent deployed from Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis. The children were also given a coupon for a free package of Borden® cheese.

Springfield Locations
Employees at DFA locations in Springfield, Mo., (including the Springfield Plant, Springfield Research and Development, Tampa Street Offices and Community Financial Credit Union) host fundraising events year-round, including bake sales, book sales, an annual chili cook-off and a themed basket raffle with the proceeds benefitting local first-grade students with a Shoe Box Santa Program. Through this program, proceeds help fill backpacks with gloves, hats and ear warmers. In addition, the students received a game, toy, coloring books, a $20 gift card to a local grocery store and more.

The employees also collected non-perishable food and household items for Isabel’s House, a nursery where people who find themselves in a crisis situation can take their children for immediate refuge.

Hughson Plant
Employees at DFA’s plant in Hughson, Calif., participated in a food drive for the Hughson Community Service Center. Two barrels of non-perishable food items were collected.