Team building is About Reaching Out
Team building by is very nature is about bringing people together to achieve a common goal. More than a set of exercises and principles, it is about our faith in the vastness of the human potential and in our innate capacity to discover inner resources previously untapped if faced with challenges. That is why, for me, the idea of reaching out is part of my commitment as a team building practitioner.
Recently, I was lucky to join a group volunteer activity spearheaded by the Community Outreach committee of the Philadelphia branch of Meeting Professionals International (MPI). With our beliefs that community outreach should be a collaborative effort and that we don't have to reinvent the wheel, we decided that our efforts would best be maximized if we partner with another agency. We chose the South Philadelphian food processing plant of Philabundance.
Philabundance is a non-profit hunger relief organization serving the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley area providing food to the thousands of Americans who are hungry, needy or homeless. It a wonder of team building effort as it has built an amazing collaborative team – a network of 500 member agencies including food cupboards, churches and religious institutions, shelters, social services agencies, and emergency kitchens, especially those that serve food in disaster-stricken areas. It provides food to an estimated 65,000 people per week, almost a quarter of whom are children and 16 percent are seniors. In 2010 alone, 18 million pounds of food were distributed in the Delaware Valley by Philabundance.
That day, working hard systematically, we were able to process a total of 12,700 pounds of food including meat, vegetables, fruits, breads, dairy products, canned and packaged food, and prepared, ready-to-eat meals. That experience confirmed my beliefs that it is indeed possible to build a team, have fun, and contribute to the common good all at the same time – such is the beauty of team building.
About the author: Betty Robinson, one of Philadelphia’s the first female chefs was known for her creative, non-conventional style of cooking. These qualities define her current passion as founder and CEO of Philly Hops & Go Team Building, an innovative team building company specializing in team building activities that build trust and promote high performance teamwork.
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