The Washington Apple Education Foundation, WAEF, presented the nonprofit’s 2020 Volunteer Organization of the Year Award to CMI Orchards on Nov. 4, according to a news release from CMI. Annually, WAEF recognizes an industry organization for their efforts to make a difference through volunteerism.
In addition to financial support provided by the company, 16 CMI Orchards staff members volunteered with WAEF this year to support a variety of events and activities to further the mission of impacting lives through access to educational opportunities, according to the release.
“The desire to make a difference is evident throughout this company,” Chris Willett, WAEF board chairman, said in the release. “The genuine commitment of CMI employees that take time to connect with students, help with events and serve on foundation committees is inspiring. Our thanks to the individuals that volunteered this year and to the company for encouraging their involvement.”
CMI Orchards President Bob Mast recognized WAEF as the leading charitable organization for the tree fruit industry and their work to champion and guide students through educational opportunities with direct links back to the industry.
“CMI is honored and humbled to be named WAEF’s Volunteer Organization of the Year,” Mast said in the release. “We are extremely thankful for the time, effort and enthusiasm our employees have demonstrated to help further the mission and work of such an impactful organization.”
Annually, WAEF awards more than $1 million in scholarships to students raised in families with ties to the tree fruit industry. Funding for the foundation is generated through annual contributions made by members and supporters of Washington’s tree fruit industry. For more information about WAEF, visit www.waef.org.
CMI Orchards is one of the largest growers, packers and shippers of premium Washington state apples, pears and cherries produced by its four independently owned family farming and picking companies in Central Washington. For more information about CMI Orchards, visit www.cmiorchards.com.
—by Jonelle Mejica