One of our client's effort is the 1 millionth Thrivent Action Team

Thrivent’s 1 millionth Thrivent Action Team provides fresh produce to people in need in southeast Missouri.

Donna Aufdenberg eats, lives and breathes horticulture. “God gives each of us talents, and my talent is bringing things to life through seeds,” says the Thrivent client from Jackson, Missouri.

Through her work with the University of Missouri Extension, the horticulturist educates people in 18 counties in southeast Missouri on topics ranging from growing grass to growing plants in greenhouses to commercial production.

But it’s not all work for Donna. Through her volunteer efforts, she also is making a real difference for community gardens and food pantries in southeast Missouri. For nearly the past decade, using the home she shares with her husband, Don, and their twin daughters, Donna has started seeds and plants to feed people who need them.

Thrivent Action Teams were launched in 2014 to make it easier for clients to give back to causes they care about most, and Donna does just that. She became a Thrivent client in 2016 when she received a surprise inheritance and wanted to work with a financial services organization that shared her values of leading with purpose and generosity.

With Thrivent Action Teams, Donna saw the potential to provide fresh produce to even more people. She leads Thrivent Action Teams of Master Gardeners to help with planting seedlings and then transferring them to community gardens. She buys soil with the seed money from the Thrivent Action Team.

Donna’s selfless support of her community also marks a milestone for Thrivent. Her effort is the 1 millionth Thrivent Action Team. Thanks to efforts like Donna’s across the country over the past nine years, Thrivent Action Teams have raised more than $1 billion for organizations nationwide.

We are so proud to call Donna one of our clients here in Southeast Missouri. To learn more about it click here to see the BEAUTIFUL 3 minute video about her project!

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