AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — If you were out shopping Friday at Market 33, you might have gotten a hand with your groceries from the Maverick Boys & Girls Club of Amarillo as they launched their ‘Thank You Market 33!’ project.
The kids in the Career Launch/Entrepreneur Club will be working with Market 33 management and staff to learn about different jobs at the grocery store and will be using their customer service skills as a “Thank You” to the community and Market 33.
“We give to all kinds of organizations and charities, but to actually have them come back out and see how we operate. It’s humbling and exciting to see them take interest in what we do as well,” said Jared Copheranham, vice president of Market 33.
Summer McCampbell, compliance director with the Maverick Boys & Girls Club of Amarillo said that being able to go out and show the kids within the club what partners who give back to them do show a greater appreciation for those partners and helps strengthen the community.
“Without these partnerships, our doors wouldn’t be open, therefore their parents wouldn’t be able to go to work or go to school and be able to create a home life for them, have we not had people like Market 33 partnering with us to keep our doors open,” said McCampbell.
Copheranham added it’s a two-way street when it comes to giving back.
“We wouldn’t be here without the community and valuing what we do and comes in a buys groceries. We are excited to be a part of that community both here at Market 33 and downtown at Fiesta Foods. Community involvement is very important to us, it’s a part of our core values,” said Copheranham.
Last December, Market 33 partnered with the Maverick Club in a project that provided grocery vouchers to families including those who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the release, the Carl J. Anderson Foundation provided the funding for the vouchers that were given to 248 families just before Christmas.
Market 33 management volunteered to print the vouchers for free to the club and altered their software to accommodate the vouchers. The funds were used to purchase only food items and cleaning/hygiene products with no alcohol or tobacco products eligible, the release explained.
The release stated, “Because of the generosity of the management and staff at Market 33, all the funds allocated went directly to the families.”
“We just want to make sure that our families are taken care of holistically and market 33 made that possible. By doing these outreaches and community partnerships, and having them by the central part of those and kind of things, it helps them build those core values,” said McCampbell.
The Club said they welcome the opportunity to work with other business to fulfill their program goal to introduce students to the “world of work.”