News release from Kroger:
Kroger Honors Louisa Visocky as 2012 Community Service Award Winner
Selected from 136 nominees across five state operating division
(April 8, 2013) – The Kroger Co.’s Central Division, headquartered in Indianapolis, has announced 16 Community Service Award Winners for 2012 who were selected from among 136 nominees submitted by each of the division’s 136 stores. Louisa Visocky, a pharmacist at Kroger’s 218 East Pettit store in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was selected as one of 16 winners for 2012.
Louisa is fluent in Spanish and uses her language proficiency every day to help Kroger customers. One third of her store’s customers speak Spanish and many do not speak English. Louisa also is very active in supporting the Burmese Chin community in the Fort Wayne region. On her own initiative, she begin learning Burmese using language tapes so she could better serve those customers and the local community and even helped label food items in the store in Burmese. She gathers donated supplies for the Burmese American Society and the Burmese Refugee Center, donating many items herself. She has acted as a volunteer translator for Burmese families when buying homes or other important transactions. She also acts as a mentor for several teenage Burmese girls, helping them adjust to life in Fort Wayne.
Louisa is was nominated by her store manager, Wade Voight.
According to Kroger President Jeff Burt, “As a company Kroger is deeply committed to serving our local communities. We believe customer service and community service are integral parts of the same purpose. We deliberately seek ways to honor those associates whose community service and leadership inspire others. We invest considerable volunteer time, talent and financial resources in supporting our communities. Louisa demonstrates community service in a truly inspiring way. I am very proud of Louisa and so are the more than 15,000 members of the Kroger Central Division family who selected her for this award.”
About The Kroger Co.
The Kroger Co. has been serving local communities for 130 years. The Kroger Central Division has 136 food stores, 114 pharmacies and 76 fuel centers operating under four banners; Kroger, Scott’s, Owen’s and Pay Less, with locations primarily in Indiana and Illinois, in addition to three stores in Missouri, one in Michigan and one in Ohio. Kroger Central Division is dedicated to supporting every local community it serves, contributing more than $13.3 million in 2012 to local organizations, primarily focusing on hunger relief, K-12 education, health causes and diversity. The Kroger Co. was recently named the most generous company in America in a Chronicle of Philanthropy listing detailed in Forbes Magazine. At Kroger we value: honesty, respect, inclusion, diversity, safety and integrity.