Forsyth Technical Community College Launched Forsyth Tech Works Volunteer Program

Forsyth Tech employees out volunteering

From sorting food and preparing bagged lunches to painting and hauling gravel, Forsyth Tech employees spent time this past September offering their services to the community.

“All full-time employees received eight hours of community service leave as part of a new program we launched last year,” explains Anna Marie Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer. “We didn’t see a large adoption of that benefit during the first year, and wanted to increase participation. That’s when Forsyth Tech Works was born!”

From September 19 – 27, approximately 100 employees took advantage of volunteering during work hours at the following nonprofits:

  • Family Services, Inc.
  • Forsyth Humane Society
  • Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Shepherd’s Center of Winston-Salem
  • Veterans Helping Veterans Heal
  • World Relief

“When you can volunteer time toward a community project or worthwhile cause, it does something to the soul of your being,” reflects academic advisor Jana Poplar on her volunteer experience at Second Harvest Food Bank.

“Our goal is to support the sense of community at Forsyth Tech,” Smith says. “Many of the agencies we are partnering with are actually those that directly support some of our students. It feels good to link ourselves with organizations that serve those we serve. “