KBR Building Group Employees Volunteer at Orlando Union Rescue Mission for Thanksgiving Holiday Festival
November 28, 2011

On Wednesday, November 23 — the day before Thanksgiving — several employees from KBR Building Group's Orlando office, together with their children, volunteered for the day at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission. During the all-day event, over 1,200 homeless men, women and children were served a holiday meal, and they also had the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of activities. 

Shannon Mungovan, Office Manager, KBR Building Group, elaborated on the day's events. "Our role was to be 'parking lot guides.' It’s not what it sounds like. We were asked to work the 'festival' outside. Each of us escorted either an individual or a family around to the various sponsors' booths after they ate Thanksgiving dinner.  At each station, they were given hygiene bags, rain ponchos, toys for children, fruit cake and desserts. Animal balloons were handed out, and both kids and adults could get their faces painted. We were able to spend about 15 minutes with each individual or group we escorted. For us, this event was even more rewarding than if we had been food servers because it gave us a chance to get to know them a little bit. The smiles on their faces, generosity in their voices and the hugs from the children made every minute special!"

Wes Collier, Senior Project Manager, KBR Building Group, added “The chance for our children to be involved in this volunteer effort gives them an opportunity to put a real face on the fact that there are many people, including families, that are struggling in today’s world.  The gratitude expressed by the Mission’s patrons lets us know that even the smallest of efforts can make a difference in someone’s day and that the blessings you get back from helping others far outweighs the effort on your part.”

Last year, KBR Building Group employees volunteered at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission's events for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The plan is to do the same again this year, hopefully establishing a holiday tradition for years to come.