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Parawest Pays It Forward is a Community Involvement & Volunteer Program designed to give our employees an opportunity to support various local charities and community initiatives.
It seems impossible to say, but so much good came from Hurricane Harvey. The terrible storm created an avenue for our Parawest Management team to help our neighbors. Parawest Pays It Forward was born, a corporate community giving program that provides monthly support to great causes. After Hurricane Harvey, the ParaWest team tried to volunteer around the Houston area but everyone was full of donations & volunteers.
Parawest employees came together to prepare over 150 care packages. The packages contained food, water, personal hygiene, toiletry products and baby products. The infant packs came with unopened diaper and wipe packs, formula milk cans, dry rice cereal, and Gerber food containers. The ParaWest team decided to take the donations to the neighborhoods hit the hardest but did not go to a shelter.
The following week, the ParaWest team focused on organizing and sorting clothes by gender and size for men, woman, children, and infants. Parawest employees and one of our preferred vendors spent most of the morning sorting over 50 filled bags of clothes. The plan was to set up a couple of tables in a centralized location within an effected neighborhood and spread the word by knocking on front doors. The tables of clothing were set out along with cases of water. Little did we know, the need and desire for clothes in the effected area was far beyond what we thought. The word spread and in the matter of 2 hours all clothes had been taken by families in need.
After reaching out to our managed communities not affected and some of our venders, the ParaWest team received a great deal of donations of all kinds. Like the first go around,employees set up all the different items in 200+ packages and loaded them in the back of several pickup trucks and SUV’s. We drove around an affected neighborhood and distributed them to the families. The residents were very happy to see us, a few people mentioned that nobody had been by to help or offer any items.
Lastly, the ParaWest Team realized they needed help sorting the tremendous amount of donations that were coming into the Houston Food Bank. Our Parawest Pays It Forward volunteers went to the Houston Food Bank and sorted food in 4 hour shifts. The Parawest Pays It Forward Community Giving Program lives to this day and will continue to grow each month as we continue to help the people of Houston.