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Volunteer Heroes & Champions


Open Hand Celebrates Cox Automotive and Other Corporate Champions

ATLANTA, GA (March 12, 2015) – Open Hand recently hosted its sixth annual Corporate Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at 103 West in Buckhead to acknowledge and honor many of its loyal corporate volunteers.

“We’re so grateful to have the opportunity to show our appreciation to our faithful corporate partners as we celebrate more than 27 years of community service in metro Atlanta. Our much-needed services would simply not be possible without their incredibly generous investment of time, talent and resources,” said Open Hand Executive Director Matt Pieper.

Open Hand Director of Volunteer Services Shawan Allen presented Cox Automotive with the Community Champion Award, Open Hand’s highest volunteer honor – given annually to the corporate partner that, through a combination of volunteer hours, consulting and financial support, truly epitomizes what it means to be an advocate and champion for Open Hand. Mike Rowell, a 10-year volunteer representing Turner Broadcasting System, spoke eloquently about the value of his Turner team's experience at Open Hand over the years and the positive influence it has had on his own life.

A Community Champion Award winner in 2010, Cox Automotive volunteers contributed over 1000 hours at Open Hand in 2014, while Cox Automotive’s Vice President of Talent Development and Open Hand board member Esther Dabney lent her expertise to help shape and execute Open Hand’s leadership and employee development strategies to ensure that Open Hand can maintain the organization’s leadership position today and into the future.

Open Hand also honored the following companies with the Community Spirit Award for their passionate support of the organization: Southwest Airlines, Turner Broadcasting System, The Home Depot, Bank of America, UPS, Alliant GMCF, The Coca-Cola Company, AT&T and The Arby’s Foundation. Corporate volunteers are integral to the work Open Hand does in the community, volunteering thousands of hours in the kitchen, delivering meals to clients, and generously donating services and financial resources.

The event was generously underwritten by Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, 103 West, and Awards Atlanta.

Strong corporate partnerships have helped Open Hand grow to become the largest community-based provider of home-delivered meals and nutrition education in the country. These partnerships continue to help Open Hand not only improve quality of life for clients, but potentially save Georgia millions of dollars annually in the treatment of preventable, nutrition-sensitive chronic disease.