Timewell, IL resident named Dot Foods 2017 Volunteer of the Year
Dot Foods, Inc. recently named Customer Service Representative Brandon Kindhart from Timewell, Illinois, as the 2017 Volunteer of the Year.
The annual award program is part of the Dot Foods Teaming with Local Charities (TLC) program, part of the company’s charitable initiative and a core component of its culture.
As Volunteer of the Year, Kindhart received a $1,000 donation to the charity of his choice, which he directed to QUANADA, based in Quincy, Illinois.
Dot Foods will also send Kindhart on a celebratory vacation at RT’S Cove, Dot Foods’ private resort in Osage Beach, Missouri.
“We are so thrilled that Brandon Kindhart was named the 2017 Volunteer of the Year,” said Mt. Sterling TLC Director Elly Passmore. “Brandon was a finalist last year, and as his last name says, he has a kind heart, and his selfless service has helped strengthened our community, which is what the award is meant to represent.”
Kindhart, who works at the Dot Foods headquarters in Mt. Sterling, Illinois, has worked at the company for 11 years. He is currently a Key Account Customer Service Representative and previously held roles as a Customer Service Representative, as well as working in the warehouse and in building and grounds maintenance.
In 2017, Kindhart volunteered nearly 95 hours.
Overall, more than 300 Dot Foods employees from the Mt. Sterling location, along with those in St. Louis, Missouri, and Burley, Idaho, volunteered for a combined 4,442 hours in 2017 as part of the TLC program.
In addition, employees donated nearly $30,000 to local charity organizations via employee program incentives. The Mt. Sterling TLC group reaches into 11 West Central Illinois counties to volunteer with 40 organizations including the Central Illinois Food Bank, the YMCA, the United Way, the Area Agency on Aging, as well as many local schools and community leadership programs.
“Our company’s volunteers are dedicated workers and outstanding people who are willing to go the extra mile to help others,” said Passmore. “I am proud to work alongside all of these individuals as we continue to strive to make an impact throughout the counties in West Central Illinois.”
Today’s award announcement kicks off the TLC’s National Volunteer Week activities which will include volunteering at a Dot Foods-sponsored mobile food pantry in Mt. Sterling as well as various other volunteer opportunities with the YMCA, Senior Center, and local schools. At the ceremony, Dot Foods recognized the other eight 2017 Volunteer of the Year finalists and awarded a $250 donation to each to be given to the charity of their choice. A panel interviewed each finalist to learn more about their motivation to volunteer, level of involvement at the charitable groups they work with, and dedication to inspiring others to give back.
During the reception, Dot Foods also recognized employees who hit the 100-hour cumulative volunteer milestone along with individuals who have surpassed 1,000 hours of volunteer contributions through TLC.
The other 8 Volunteer of the Year finalists for 2017 are:
EMPLOYEE NAME TITLE CITY CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION
- Tricia Baker Customer Service Team Leader Timewell, IL Brown County United Way
- Chris Brierton Retail Customer Development Representative Versailles, IL Mt. Sterling YMCA After School
- Lora Decker Database Specialist Mt. Sterling, IL St. Mary’s School
- Leslie Easley Garage Parts Clerk Timewell, IL St. Mary’s School
- Pat Ford Garage Technician White Hall, IL North Green Food Pantry
- Nathan Goudschaal Illinois Dry Warehouse Lead Clayton, IL QUANADA
- Kevin Passmore Garage Technician Camp Point, IL Camp Point Fire Department
- Josh Stuckman Dry Warehouse Material Handler Golden, IL Meals Plus for Seniors Quincy