Melaleuca Team Members proved that kindness and competition go a long way toward
fulfilling our mission statement: “To enhance
the lives of those we touch by helping people reach their goals.”
company-wide food drive collected more than 14,500 canned goods in 274 boxes.
The donation was made to the Idaho Food Bank to help families in need
throughout eastern Idaho who might be struggling this holiday season.
Additionally, the comradery that
surged through all of Melaleuca’s Idaho locations was inspiring as Team Members
from several departments gave from their hearts and participated in the fun.
Can the Boss
“While we initially promoted the food
drive as a friendly competition to get people invested, it quickly escalated into
something more as we realized the overall impact we were making,” said
Melaleuca Chief Information Officer Todd Sorenson.
IT Team Members were happy to “Can the Boss” by filling Todd’s
office with canned goods over a few weeks. And they were quite successful by donating
4,187 food items.
“The higher the cans stacked, the more people wanted to
participate,” said Senior Administrative Assistant Jessica Gines. “It got to
the point where you didn’t want to meet with Todd unless you brought a can of
“I feel like I’ve got a brand-new office,” Sorenson laughed now
that the food is boxed and donated to the food bank.
Pie in the Face
the International department, friendly competition spurred team members to
collect 5,460 food items for the annual food drive. For every dollar or two
cans of food donated, Team Members voted for someone else on the team to get a
pie in the face.
“Our goal was to have fun with each other while making a
difference in people’s lives,” said Wayne Billman, International Vice President.
“In the end, everybody was laughing because so many votes were submitted that
everyone received a face full of whip cream.”
Development, Team Members showed their generosity by donating food, money, and Accolade
points—normally redeemed for prizes based on performance—to purchase items for
the drive. The department divided into two teams with tacos on the line for the
“Business Development believes in, loves, and lives
Melaleuca’s mission statement,” said Dave Martineau, Business Development
Director. “Our team rallied around the opportunity to help those in need in our
In a surprising twist, Martineau treated the entire
department to tacos. As a whole, the department donated 2,093 food items for
The Hunger Games
Not to be
outdone, the Rexburg Call Center collected 2,491 items during a team vs. team
competition they named “The Hunger Games.” Each food item counted as one point, but to
keep things interesting, every package of Ramen noodles counted as a negative
point. Dropping negative points on other teams became a way to stay ahead of
the competition while still contributing to the growing piles of food.
“It was hilarious to see team members bring in pallets full
of ramen and sabotage other teams,” HR Administrative Assistant Maddie Landers
Melaleuca: A Generous Culture
“The competition and friendship that spread throughout Melaleuca was a direct result of the hard-working, generous culture fostered here,” said Jamie Reynolds, Vice President of Human Resources. “This is a place where our Team Members celebrate accomplishments, cheer on each other and lift up the community.”
Fun and games aside, Team Members eagerly embodied Melaleuca’s mission and took action to enhance the lives of families who are less fortunate. They came together to make a real difference in the community, and because they did so, the holidays will be much brighter for hundreds of families!