The sweltering Texas sun beamed bright overhead as Mayra Hernandez shoveled soil into an area that would soon become a community vegetable garden.
Hernandez, along with about 375 other Caterpillar employees, participated in the Caterpillar Day of Caring through Victoria County United Way. The large volunteer event allowed employees to assist in 19 projects throughout the Victoria, TX area.
From painting homes and fences to sorting food and items, employees say they were happy to help make a difference in their community.
“We have two hands – one for helping our self and another for helping others,” said Hernandez, a Section Manager at the Victoria facility. “It feels phenomenal knowing that our hard work will make a huge difference in our community.”
While Hernandez was part of a larger project this year, she has helped before in other aspects, such as sorting food at the food bank.
“I think it’s amazing that everybody plays their part to help the community.”
This year’s Day of Caring turnout was a record for Caterpillar Victoria, and serves as a reminder that employees in Victoria are truly living Caterpillar’s Values in Action.
Brooke Garcia, executive director for Victoria County United Way, said she was amazed by the number of volunteers and thankful for all the hard work put it at the 19 projects throughout the city of nearly 70,000.
“The commitment of the companies in this area is truly amazing,” said Garcia. “For a company such as Caterpillar, to send more than 300 employees into the community to help the nonprofit organizations, many of which would not be able to complete these necessary projects without volunteer help, says a lot about the character of Caterpillar’s leaders and the culture of the company.”