Sixteen Campbell employees made the short trek to the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey (RMHSNJ) in Camden, N.J. during the week of Thanksgiving to help with some “home” renovation.
While the volunteers were given just six short weeks to design and furnish the newly constructed space, everyone was determined to see the whole job through until the very last headboard was nailed into place and the last spot of wet paint had dried.
The Campbell-adopted room was created by three members from Campbell’s Global Design team. They transformed the bare room into a flourishing vegetable farm to tie in the work that Campbell is doing in Camden with its Healthy Communities Program, which helps provide access to fresh foods for city residents.
“Volunteering and being part of our community is an integral part of who we are at Campbell, and it was an amazing opportunity to be able to use our creative skillset to help families and support the Ronald McDonald House,” said Cory Brookes, Senior Designer – Campbell’s Global Design Center.
The “Campbell Vegetable Farm” room is one of four new spaces that the RMHSNJ added this fall, which will help the not for profit corporation in its mission to act as a “home-away-from-home” for children and their families as they come from across the country and globe to be treated for serious illnesses and injuries in area hospitals.
“We really wanted to go above and beyond,” said Shakirah Hameed, Designer – Campbell Global Design Center. “We hope that when the families open the door, they are comfortable and comforted, and we hope that the room helps relieve a little bit of their stresses.”
President of the RMHSNJ, Teddy Thomas, emphasized how Campbell volunteers have helped throughout the years to give families a semblance of normal life while they attend to their children’s medical needs.
“We feel very fortunate to be the Ronald House in the U.S. with the closest Fortune 500 company as a neighbor, and we are delighted to have a wonderful relationship with Campbell that stems from board member involvement, to volunteers as guest chefs and now an adopted bedroom,” said Thomas.
The volunteer hours spent on the room also generated a $5,000 grant for the RMHSNJ as part of a Campbell program which distributes grant funds based on employee service time. “Campbell Vegetable Farm” was completed just in time for a family to move in the week of December 7.