When Human Resources Manager Don Harpin was asked to spearhead Fulfillment Center 6490’s annual Day of Service last year, he was drawn to the impactful work of the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), which provides resources, housing assistance, meals, clothing and more to individuals and families in and around Worcester, Massachusetts. On their designated day of service, more than a dozen Sam’s Club volunteers arrived to pack lunches and sort donated clothes. Then, upon learning SMOC had a recurring need for items, that single day of service evolved into an ongoing activity, not just for Don but for the entire fulfillment center team. Last year, Fulfillment Center 6490 donated snacks, beverages, more than 3,000 beach towels, blankets and pillows, along with clamshells for packing additional lunches. Beyond material donations, the Walmart Foundation stepped in, providing SMOC with a $5,000 grant. And Don says Fulfillment Center 6490’s giving – of time, goods and services – will continue into 2024. “The possibilities for giving are almost endless with this organization,” Don said. “It just shows as a company that we do what we say we’re going to do. We really put forward what we talk about.”
Forty years after we opened the doors of our very first Sam’s Club, our deep commitment to making a positive impact continues to drive the way we care for members – inside and outside the walls of our nearly 600 clubs. Like Don, Becky, Yajaira and Paul, we are invested in strengthening the communities in which members and associates live, work and play. We’ve been member and community obsessed for four decades, and we’ll continue to be so for decades to come.