Formed in 2014, the Outreach Committee has approached each year with a goal to help a diverse array of organizations that serve to better our local community, with an emphasis on the marine industry.
Year after year, committee meeting after committee meeting the conversation is still the same, if only we had the ability to help everyone. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Ultimately volunteering and lending a hand to help others is a full-time job. There is never a limit to those that are in need nor an end to what we can do. As a committee, we try to remind ourselves that at the end of the day, we are doing what we can as an organization and with each year we will continue to try a little harder.
Buzzards Bay Coalition | Community Boating | Employee Ownership Foundation | Donorschoose.org | Salvation Army | Share the Harvest Farm
Sharing the Harvest Community Farm
Sharing the Harvest Community Farm has distributed over 725,000 lbs. of produce to South Coast residents since 2006 in partnership with the United Way of Greater New Bedford Hunger Commission. Their mission is to help hunger relief agencies in New Bedford and surrounding Southcoast communities.
2022 marks the 3rd year in a row of Imtra supporting the farm as one of our core organizations with a financial contribution. However, this year Imtra’s donation of helped the farm secure a $10,000 matching grant from the Amelia Peabody Foundation. With this grant, the farm will be more likely to meet the needs of the rising number of people experiencing food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing economic turmoil.
While monetary donations are always needed, the farm depends on the efforts of its volunteers. Thanks in part to the Communications Committee Imtra was able to get back out to the farm and get our hands dirty for an afternoon of impact. The remaining plastic in the fields was removed, a 500ft bed of garlic was planted, and 180 lbs. of fresh produce was harvested and processed, all in 3 hours. The produce Imtra picked and washed was distributed to the plates of 150 households! I think those that attended can all agree that physically getting your hands dirty and working together gives you a certain kind of fulfillment. Our hope is to get back out to the farm again this year.