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C&S Names Pa. Forklift Operator Its 2018 Volunteer Of The Year

C&S Volunteer of the Year, Joel Arvelo
Joel Arvelo with his soccer team.

C&S Wholesale Grocers has awarded Joel Arvelo the company’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award.

Arvelo is being honored for his commitment to the nonprofit Allentown Youth Soccer Club, where he is a coach and serves on the organization’s board of directors. He has been an employee with C&S for 12 years, currently operating a forklift at the company’s distribution center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

“Joel is selfless in giving his time, skills and energy,” said Mike Duffy, C&S CEO. “His involvement benefits local children by developing their athletic skills, promoting sportsmanship and fostering teamwork. The ripple effects are apparent in their lives, in their classrooms and in the wider community. We applaud Joel and are proud to recognize him.”

Arvelo was congratulated by 1,000 colleagues at the company’s recent State of the Business Meeting at its headquarters in Keene, New Hampshire. He will be featured on the company’s website and highlighted in the 2018 edition of the “C&S Community Involvement Report.” Since 2005, C&S has recognized one person as its Volunteer of the Year for lending his or her time, talent and support to causes in the local community and for inspiring others.

To honor National Volunteer Month in April, teams of employees from C&S volunteered to accomplish more than 25 projects for charitable causes and community organizations across the country. They are listed below by project category:

Hunger

Montgomery Area Food Bank, Salvation Army Meals Program, Montgomery Area Council on Aging/Meals on Wheels (Alabama); 
Stockton Emergency Food Bank (California); Plant City United Food Bank, Salvation Army Food Pantry, Feeding South Florida (Florida); Merrimack Valley Food Bank (Massachusetts); 
Food Bank of the Hudson Valley (New York)
; Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley (Pennsylvania); Lowcountry Food Bank (South Carolina); and 
Vermont Food Bank (Vermont).

Education

Woodland Park Magnet School (Louisiana); Southampton School (Massachusetts); and Keene Day Care Center (New Hampshire).

Social Services

Habitat for Humanity of Fresno (California); 
Enfield Senior Center (Connecticut); 
New Jersey Institute for Disabilities (New Jersey); 
Leg Up Farm, Northeastern Area Senior Center, Habitat for Humanity of Berks County (Pennsylvania); and Ronald McDonald House (South Carolina).

Environment

Great Massachusetts Cleanup (Massachusetts); Gress Mountain Ranch (Pennsylvania); and 
Student Conservation Association (Texas).

Throughout the year, C&S encourages employees to volunteer through two programs: Dollars for Doers, which matches employees’ volunteer time with a donation up to 1,000 hours; and Team Up & Make Strides, which supports employees who raise funds and awareness by participating in events for charity.

C&S Wholesale Grocers services grocery customers of all sizes, supplying more than 14,000 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases and institutions with more than 140,000 different products.

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Mike Berger

Mike Berger

Mike enjoys touring various supermarkets to check out the latest foods and trends. When he isn’t writing, he takes pleasure in sports, his family and young, energetic grandchild.

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