A group of 12 employees of The Hartford committed five hours to Bread for Life on Sept. 16 to give the organization the jump on the upcoming Soup Nite. Their Day of Volunteering was organized by Tricia Martin, AARP sales manager, a 26-year employee of The Hartford.


Not one of the volunteers lives in Southington but are residents of Bristol, Colchester, Essex, Hartford, Meriden, Newington, Westbrook and Wolcott. All work from their own homes and are based in Windsor. “My agent Judy DeFelice searched for a worthy cause and found Bread for Life,” said Martin.


The Hartford encourages its employees to take part in HART, the company’s Community Service Program “to support and encourage the dedication and passion of our employees in the community,” according to Martin, who headed Team Tricia. “The Hartford allows us to go on different days to volunteer up to eight hours a year.”


Executive Director Eldon Hafford said he was really impressed that such a large group dedicated their day to Bread for Life. He and staff kept the volunteers busy wrapping nearly 1,000 sets of utensils that will be used Oct. 15 on Soup Nite, one of the organization’s largest annual fundraisers. They also toured the warehouse.


“This really inspired us to start something, maybe an annual team day of caring,” Martin said. “Hopefully it can be with Bread for Life.”


“It is wonderful people like these employees of The Hartford and so many others in the community that ensure that Bread for Life can continue its mission that no one go hungry,” Hafford said.


For more information about Bread for Life, visit www.southingtonbreadforlife.com.


Photo courtesy of Bread for Life
Tricia Martin, AARP sales manager, The Hartford, right, and Team Tricia gather following the work they performed at the Bread for Life kitchen in preparation for the annual Soup Nite planned for Oct. 15.