The 345 Wolfe Eye Clinic employees from across the state, including those from Fort Dodge and Sac City, gathered in Marshalltown on Friday.
The morning and early afternoon included educational sessions, medical presentations and discussions as well as company updates and awards. This year the staff concluded the day with a community service project in conjunction with Meals from the Heartland, a Des Moines-based, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization.
"We decided on Meals from the Heartland because they do so much good distributing food both locally around Iowa and to places like South Africa, Haiti and Kenya," said Dr. Steve Johnson of Wolfe Eye Clinic. The inspiration for Meals from the Heartland began with a 2007 food packaging event sponsored by a church in West Des Moines. Today, the volunteer organization works with businesses, organizations, school, churches, individuals and families in an effort to provide food to the hungry in Iowa and around the world.
Wolfe Eye Clinic employees prepared for the day by fundraising within the clinics. Employees were given the option to wear jeans to work on Fridays since March, with a contribution to the effort. A raffle was also held. The total funds raised allowed Wolfe Eye Clinic employees to prepare 60,000 meals for distribution by Meals from the Heartland. "I am incredibly proud of what our employees have achieved," said Dr. Ben Mason of Wolfe Eye Clinic. "Everyone opened their hearts and because of that, many people will receive food they desperately need."