Governor’s Office Victorious in MLK Day of Service Competition
Taking part of an effort by Montana AmeriCorps and VISTA members to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, the Governor’s Office and the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) spurred a friendly competition to collect donations for a healthy breakfast food drive. The drive was hosted by the Dept. of Public Health and Human Services Prevention Resource Center’s VISTA Project as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
What started as a call for employees in both the Governor’s Office and DLI to donate healthy breakfast items for the local food pantry, quickly turned into a heated, albeit friendly, competition inspiring each side to donate more than the other. Multiple emails were passed between offices staking winning claims. Rumor has it that even the Governor, Steve Bullock, and the Commissioner of DLI, Pam Bucy, donated to the cause.
AmeriCorps VISTA member, Amanda Paramore, said, “It started off when I asked the Governor’s Office and DLI if I could put donation boxes in their offices. The next thing I know they told me that they were having a competition to collect the most food and I was the judge.”
According to Paramore, “After a two week period when the drive had ended, when I came to pick up the donations, there was way more food than I could ever carry. There was a palate of peanut butter! It took multiple car loads to deliver the food, but the expression on the faces of the food pantry staff made it well worth it.”
In total the drive collected 1,356 pounds of food for the Helena Food Share. Governor Bullock will keep the winning trophy on display on the fireplace mantel in his office… well, at least until the next Day of Service competition.