Findlay Volkswagen Henderson Creates Food Pantry Amid Current Coronavirus Hardship

April 17th, 2020 by

During the trying times caused by COVID-19, Findlay Volkswagen Henderson General Manager, Melisa Eichbauer, has turned the Findlay Volkswagen Community Room into a food bank to help employees and community members struggling to find food items and other essentials.

Melisa Eichbauer says:

“Like many dealerships, we’ve started to feel the pinch in relationship to COVID-19 and our stay-at-home initiative that we have here in Nevada. We were required to close our showroom and we started to see less customers on our service drive. I could see the stress and worry mounting on my team member’s faces and it kept me up at night trying to find solutions to keep the business going and to keep them motivated.”

Eichbauer came up with a way she could potentially relieve some of the stress from her team:

“I decided, let’s build a pantry. Let’s make it for employees and let’s fill it with foods that maybe they can’t access right now, whether it’s because of availability or just funding, and that’s what we did. We put together a pantry of shelf stable foods and we told all of our employees that it was here for them and if there was a need beyond that to let us know. We wanted to make sure they knew that we cared about them and their families and that we will all get through this together.”

Marcy Colletti, Marketing Director at Findlay Volkswagen says:

“While Findlay Auto Group as a whole is supporting its employees company-wide through extended pay and benefits, we realize that some of our fellow employee’s households may be in a crunch with the changes brought about by this crises. If we can help, we absolutely want to. This is just a part of what Findlay Volkswagen Henderson is about and what we felt needed to be done in a time like this. It is a priority of Findlay Volkswagen Henderson to make sure its employees are taken care of.”

In addition to direct employees, the pantry, stocked with fruits, vegetables and bread, but primarily focused on non-perishables like canned soups, peanut butter, pastas, grains, canned fruits, canned vegetables, shelf-stable milks and more, is open to anyone in the community who might need an extra hand. In reducing touch points around the store, Findlay Volkswagen Henderson had to temporarily close its book swapping program, the Little Free Library, as books were community items that were passed among people in a take-a-book, leave-a-book system. The space has now become a second pantry area in the store for customers and anyone in the community that is in need.

If individuals in need of assistance prefer to keep their social distance, Findlay Volkswagen Henderson team members are available to take requests via phone or email. Items will be bagged and brought out curbside.

If you need help or would like to help others, contact Marcy Colletti at mcolletti@findlayauto.com or call 702-558-6600 ext. 6626.

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