CMI Orchards is WAEF Volunteer Organization of the Year

CMI Orchards is WAEF Volunteer Organization of the Year

Wenatchee, Wash…. CMI Orchards is the Volunteer Organization of the Year for the Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF).  Annually, WAEF recognizes a volunteer organization, individual and alumni member for their efforts to make a difference through volunteerism.  This year 15 employees from CMI Orchards volunteered for WAEF in varying capacities, including as student mentors, holiday dinner hosts, scholarship selection committee members, event support, student care package contributors, and members of the board of directors.

Chris Willett is the chairman of the Washington Apple Education Foundation Board of Directors.  He shared this about the impact of CMI, “The desire to make a difference is evident throughout the company.  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.”

The announcement was made earlier in the week to company employees.  Tomorrow morning an event will be held at the company’s headquarters in Wenatchee to recognize the organization and its employees for the impact it made with WAEF this year.

CMI Orchards president Bob Mast commented on the company’s involvement and recognition, “CMI Orchards is honored and humbled by being named WAEF’s Volunteer Organization of the Year.  We are extremely thankful for the time, effort and willingness our employees have demonstrated to such a fantastic organization like WAEF.  It is our honor to provide as much support as possible towards our industry’s leading charitable organization and champion students through advanced educational opportunities.  Thank you WAEF for honoring CMI Orchards with this award and more importantly, for all of your efforts to encourage student success not only college, but in life.”

WAEF relies on nearly 200 volunteers annually.  Volunteers provide valuable outreach and support to the foundation’s scholarship recipients, assist with fundraising events, select annual recipients of the foundation’s scholarships, provide direction on governance committees, and other important functions.

Later this month the foundation will announce recipients of this year’s Alumni Volunteer of the Year and Individual Volunteer of the Year.

The Washington Apple Education Foundation is the charity of the tree fruit industry.  Its mission is to impact lives through access to educational opportunities.  Annually WAEF awards over $1 million in scholarships to kids raised in tree fruit industry families.  Funding for the foundation is raised through annual contributions made by members and supporters of Washington’s tree fruit industry.  For more information on WAEF visit,

CMI Orchards is one of Washington state’s largest grower, packer and shipper of premium apples, pears, and cherries.  Its CMI Orchards and Daisy Girl Organics are top selling brands in the United States. The company is dedicated to delivering the best tasting, highest quality fruit to its customers throughout the United States and the world.  For more information on CMI Orchards, visit

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