CMI Orchards Recognized as 2020 Washington Apple Education Foundation Volunteer Organization of the Year
- by Lilian Diep
WENATCHEE, WA - When those in the produce industry are recognized for their contributions to the community it has a way of making our hearts happy here at AndNowUKnow. Our hearts are definitely smiling as CMI Orchards has announced that it has been recognized as the 2020 Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) Volunteer Organization of the Year.
Every year the non-profit organization recognizes an organization for its volunteer work as it continues to make a difference in the community. CMI was presented with this year's award during a ceremony at its headquarters on November 4.
“CMI is honored and humbled to be named WAEF’s Volunteer Organization of the Year. We are extremely thankful for the time, effort, and enthusiasm our employees have demonstrated to help further the mission and work of such an impactful organization. WAEF is the leading charitable organization for the treefruit industry and works to champion and guide students through educational opportunities with direct links back to the industry. It is an honor to support this important effort,” explained Bob Mast, President of CMI Orchards.
In addition to providing financial support to the organization, CMI Orchards’ staff had 16 volunteers who supported eight events and activities with WAEF as it furthered its goal of impacting lives through education, according to a press release.
"The desire to make a difference is evident throughout this company. The genuine commitment of CMI employees that take time to connect with students, help with events, and serve on Foundation committees is inspiring. Our thanks to the individuals that volunteered this year and to the company for encouraging their involvement,” said WAEF Board Chairman Chris Willett.
CMI Orchards’ employee volunteer contributions include:
- December Career Tour Hosts: nine volunteers
- December Holiday Dinner Table Facilitators: two volunteers
- Scholarship Committee Members: three volunteers
- Student Mentors: two volunteers
- Virtual Learning Circle and Workshop Presenter: one volunteer
- Event Support: two volunteers
- WAEF Board of Directors: one volunteer
- Care Package Organization: four volunteers
“CMI Orchards was one of the earliest supporters of the WAEF mission. In fact, they joined with two other industry partners to create our first scholarship and have been a tremendous partner since,” explained WAEF Executive Director Jennifer Witherbee.
Annually, WAEF relies on the help of over 200 volunteers as they provide outreach and support to recipients of the Foundation’s scholarships. CMI Orchards and its employees have played an integral role in helping shape the lives of those involved with WAEF, and continue to do so.
We would like to thank CMI Orchards for continuing to go above and beyond, setting an example for the produce industry. We would also like to congratulate the team on this honor.