Meet Arnold Harvey. He’s just your everyday, waste collection driver who for more than 24 years has worked at Waste Management’s Gaithersburg Hauling, servicing the Washington, D.C. area. Arnold was recently recognized on both Fortune.com and in People Magazine for what you might call his hobby: community service.
In 2007, after seeing the continuing needs of his community while servicing a homeless shelter on his route, Arnold teamed with his wife, Theresa, to found God’s Connection Transition, a nonprofit organization that provides food and clothing to children in need, families and the homeless.
At first, it started small – he organized a collection drive among Waste Management coworkers to gather food and clothing. Over time, it grew to involve customers on his route, who began to hear about his efforts.
Today, Arnold partners with a number of grocery stores and retailers to gather goods, such as bread, canned foods and even bicycles, and then stores them in a warehouse that’s open daily for people in need. During the week, he and volunteers also distribute those items to local churches, homeless shelters and community centers. Through these organizations, God’s Connection Transition collectively reaches approximately 5,000 families a month.
Check out his organization’s Facebook page here.