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Friday, December 23, 2011

DFI Giving Back to Our Community

Written by Jeremy Lushene (Webmaster and Communications Consultant)

Even with a tightening budget and uncertain economy, DFI employees opened their hearts and their pocketbooks this past year to give to those less fortunate.

Through fundraising activities via the Combined Fund Drive program, DFI employees gave a total of $3,892 to the Thurston County Food Bank this year, exceeding last year’s giving by more than $1,000!

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the food bank and I can tell you that the money makes a huge difference.

DFI staff took it upon themselves to conduct a toiletry drive for the Olympia YWCA to supply toothpaste, deodorant, and other essentials to some of the less fortunate members of our community.

DFI’s financial education team volunteered their personal time to help organize the Thurston County Economic Survival Fair which connected residents to local resources for managing their finances during tough times.

DFI’s Adopt-A-Family committee raised more than $850 through several fundraisers. The money will make several local families holidays much brighter by providing them with clothing, diapers, food, and gifts for children.

These are just a few examples of how DFI and our staff gave back to our community in 2011. Staff have many more of their own personal stories.

I’m proud of what my agency has achieved and look forward to supporting the community in 2012.