“I don’t have the time.” “Lovely idea, but I’ve got work to do.” “Not sure I want to get my hands dirty.” Ever muttered these phrases in response to being invited to do community service? Pushing through these thoughts to a vision of making a difference is all it takes.
Promoting a strong sense of Community is at the core of the Nutiva culture, and recently we had a beautiful opportunity to put our values into action. A group of Nutiva employees participated in the City of Richmond’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and are so glad they did!
Sure there was work to be done planting trees, mulching a field of weeds, and watering new edible plants, but there was something bigger going on. Something causing the big smiles, the easy willingness and collaboration, and the sense of bonding over something meaningful.
Quality Assurance Assistant Zin Luu describes it as a gratifying feeling, “It felt good to give back. You interact with people and find out what they’re all about. Then you can go back and see the progress and know you were a part of that.” Key Account Service Specialist Laura Wheat adds, “It was good to be able to come together from all walks of life, different ages and races, especially on Martin Luther King Day, to make a better Richmond.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is remembered for encouraging the greatness of serving, and that “something bigger going on” is the grace and love that it brings out. At Dr. King’s last sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 4, 1968, he preached, “…everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”
We think serving community also leads to personal well-being, another one of our core values. Sometimes we feel we don’t have time or are too busy with other things, but the satisfaction of serving to honor such a man and his ideas was a joyful privilege.