Medtronic employees — thousands of miles apart — team up to make a difference in the Dominican Republic
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – It was a volunteer effort with a unique twist.
“We’ve never done anything like this before,” said Noi Keothammakhoun with the Medtronic Foundation. “This is pretty unique.”
In June, Noi, along with dozens of her fellow employees gathered in Minneapolis at Feed My Starving Children, an organization committed to combatting hunger around the world. Employees mixed, sealed, and boxed up hundreds of meals to be sent to a small community named Batay 106 in the Dominican Republic.
“I saw that the meals were going to the Dominican Republic and it touched my heart,” said Grace Silverio-Jones, who drove from Kansas City to participate in the effort. “It means a lot because my father is from the Dominican Republic.”
But their work didn’t stop at packing and sending. Medtronic had a presence on both ends of this project.
Just days after the meals were packed in Minneapolis, Medtronic employees in the Dominican Republic drove to Batay 106, unpacked the food, and organized an entire day of events for children living in extreme poverty.
“We were able to serve over 100 children,” said Olivia Henriquez, a Medtronic employee who helped to organize the event. “Helping children is very dear to our plant and the opportunity to help restore health through food is putting our Mission in motion.”
The “Pack to Plate” event was a first of its kind for Feed My Starving Children, too.
“We’ve never done this before with a company like Medtronic,” said Polly Wright, spokesperson for Feed My Starving Children. “The fact that we connected employees in the Dominican Republic with employees here to make a difference was pretty special.”
Keothammakhoun said the effort brought together a variety of employees, retirees, and employee resource groups.
“We are showing the collective impact we can have when we work together,” she said. “We want to make a difference in the communities where we live and work.”
The “Pack to Plate” event was part of Project 6, a month-long volunteer effort that encourages employees to serve in a variety of ways in their local neighborhoods. This year, more than 14,000 Medtronic employees across 48 countries reported more than 50,000 hours of community volunteering during Project 6.