Deploy Solutions on Track to 'Finish' Hunger with Marathon Food Drive

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Employees run their own version of Boston Marathon -- indoors -- to collect food for Pine Street Inn

How do you squeeze 26.2 miles of marathon course into a single office building? Deploy Solutions, a Boston-based provider of recruiting and hiring solutions, has found a way. The Boston Marathon won’t occur for another week, but Deploy employees are navigating their own indoor course, and it’s all for a good cause.

On March 16, the starting pistol officially launched Deploy’s “Race to Finish Hunger,” a food drive that continues through April 17, the day of the 110th Boston Marathon. The course of the actual event has been mirrored through the HR company’s office complex, with donation checkpoints located along the marathon route. Each checkpoint sports a collection box for different food items. All donations will benefit Pine Street Inn, a regional non-profit organization working to provide homeless people with homeless shelter, affordable housing, and training & job programs.

The idea for Deploy’s marathon food drive began when Paul Joseph, a Deploy employee, decided to run the Boston Marathon to support Pine Street. Organizers aim to beat the company record set during Deploy’s last drive, which netted just under one ton of food.

"On behalf of the homeless men and women who eat their meals daily at Pine Street, many thanks to Deploy Solutions for holding this creative food drive,” said Randy Boudreau, Pine Street’s food services in-kind coordinator. “It’s through contributions like this from the community and corporate world that we can serve 1,600 meals to our guests each day.”

“The benefits of our marathon are two-fold,” explained Rosanna Young, Human Resource Manager for Deploy. “Our employees have repeatedly expressed a desire to give back to their community, so this is an opportunity to enhance their work-life balance -- and of course, we’re helping people who are less fortunate in a creative and fun manner.”

The fundraiser is one of several quarterly volunteer initiatives initiated by Deploy’s Community Outreach Committee, employees who represent various departments within the organization. Currently 65 percent of all Deploy employees have participated in an outreach or volunteer initiative, demonstrating the company’s commitment to giving back to its community.

Previous organizations supported by Deploy Solutions include the American Red Cross, The Greater Boston Food Bank, Coats for Kids, Rosie’s Place, The Jimmy Fund, Project Bread, and the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans.

To learn more about donating to the Pine Street Inn, contact Shauna Helton at 617-892-9170. For more information about Deploy Solutions and its community outreach efforts, contact Rosanna Young at 617-641-2100.

About Pine Street Inn

Pine Street Inn is New England’s leading resource for homeless adults, providing refuge, respect, and resources to 1,000 men and women every day. The inn also provides permanent housing with on-site support staff, in locations throughout Brookline and Boston, for more than 350 very low-income individuals. More information about the Boston Marathon Team Pine Street Inn is available at http://www.pinestreetinn.org/marathon/2006.

About Deploy Solutions

Deploy Solutions, Inc. provides companies with a competitive advantage in the marketplace by optimizing performance in recruiting, hiring, and retaining top employees. The Deploy Enterprise Talent Suite™ is a proven solution that improves the quality and performance of the workforce, reduces the cost of talent acquisition, and supports regulatory compliance. The company draws upon flexible technology, deep domain experience, and a comprehensive approach to HR metrics and analytics to drive measurable results for its customers. Deploy provides talent management solutions to a diverse and prestigious list of customers, including: Sheetz, Six Flags, Wakefern (ShopRite Stores), Century Theaters, Hess, FedEx, Tire Kingdom, Advocate Healthcare, Prudential, Bristol-Myers Squibb, American Electric Power, and many more. For additional information, call 877-GO-DEPLOY (877-463-3756) or visit http://www.deploy.com.

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