The term partnership is so overused in today’s world that its meaning seems to have lost value. However, it’s in challenging times like these that we find ourselves with the opportunity to redefine what partnership means to us — and even put some action behind the term. With that in mind, we’d like you to learn more about one of our clients, Northwest Harvest.
Northwest Harvest is the only nonprofit food bank distributor operating statewide in Washington with a network of 375 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools. The organization distributed nearly 28 million pounds of food through this network last year — equivalent to 22 million meals. We are proud and honored that Northwest Harvest trusts Silverware to support and optimize the distribution and warehouse management software they use to run their operations, Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Insight Works.
The coronavirus pandemic and ensuing economic crisis are creating enormous strains on Northwest Harvest’s distribution network and financial resources. To address this unexpected food crisis in the Puget Sound area, Northwest Harvest will open two satellite distribution facilities to meet the increased needs of the community. The organization reached out to us requesting additional software licenses for Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Insight Works warehouse management system to support these new facilities. As a nonprofit, funding new initiatives is always a challenge — one made even more difficult in the current economic climate.
Partners answer the call
We turned to our partners at Microsoft and Insights Works on the behalf of Northwest Harvest. Both partners responded immediately, promising to provide all the additional software licensing at zero cost to Northwest Harvest. Neither company hesitated when volunteering to help, and then both asked how they could further assist. The savings, more than $25,000, is now directed to meet the food crisis that families and individuals in our community face.
True partnership is proven in difficult times. The generosity and support demonstrated by Microsoft and Insight Works to Northwest Harvest was based on each organization’s deep commitment to doing the right thing for their partners. Microsoft and Insight Works have redefined partnership as a verb. We choose to work with them because they share our understanding of partnership and what partners do when it matters most.
“Thousands of people and providers across Washington State rely on us for our services so we planned to open additional emergency locations to respond to the demand. It’s been a challenging time for all of us, operationally, financially, and emotionally, but we are able to accomplish this project due to the support and compassion we’ve received from our partners and donors who have answered our call for help. We can’t thank them enough for assisting us and our community when we needed them most.” – David Coe, Information Technology Manager for Northwest Harvest
Thank you, Microsoft. Thank you, Insight Works. We hope that everyone chooses their partners as well as we’ve chosen ours. It matters in these uncertain times.
To learn more and support Northwest Harvest’s efforts, visit https://www.northwestharvest.org/donate.