When Josh Dardick, General Manager of United Natural Foods in Rocklin, held his leadership team-building event he chose to give it value and purpose beyond the UNFI Corporation. Challenging his leadership team with a surprise “build a bike” exercise, he then turned right around and donated the brand new and “just assembled” bicycles to families of children in need as well as the Koinonia Homes for Teens for teens transitioning from foster care.
The teens of Koinonia were invited to the UNFI facility and found Mr. Dardick greeting them at the front door. They were then ushered in and introduced to the complete leadership team. One by one, UNFI team presented the bikes to the children. Starting with youngest children and smallest bikes and working their way up to our teens with adult bikes. For the Koinonia teens, being welcomed and honored by Josh and his leadership team added significantly to the experience.
While there, we found that there were foster parents among the UNFI leadership team. John, who with his wife have fostered many children for many years said, “A child should never be without, including smiles, joy and hope . . . not only did we give them bikes but for those older kids, shaking their hands and smiling will last. Because most of those kids come damaged from adults, treating them with dignity and respect we helped them a lot.”