We had a great day of volunteering at the Humane Society of Huron Valley. No one came home with a new pet, but there were a couple of close calls.
We spent our service day with another partnership with The Neighborhood Design Center at the Duncan Street Miracle Garden in Baltimore, MD, founded in 1988. Many took to weeding the miracle gardens, ready with ripe peppers, squash, tomatoes, zucchini and broccoli to name a few. Another team helped rid the surrounding garden grounds of trash in preparation for upcoming events. Not only did we have a fun break outside of the office within our community, but this season they grew so many vegetables that our team got to take some fresh-picked produce home!
Franklin Park Zoo’s mission is related to education and conservation, and we think it aligns well with our values. It was designated a Boston Landmark in 1980 and was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Our volunteer team removed brush and cleared understory to reveal a large stone staircase and the adjacent stone footpath and scenic pedestrian bridge. This area will be developed into a quiet area for use by visitors to enjoy.
Our Buffalo office volunteered at four worthy organizations across Western New York. Our smallest group spent time at Hasek’s Heroes sorting equipment for disadvantaged youth participating in the hockey-centered program. Another group spent the morning demoing and cleaning a home for Habitat for Humanity Buffalo. For the second year in a row, a group of volunteers helped the Seneca Street Development Corporation doing general cleanup and landscaping. Our largest group gathered along Buffalo’s Squajaquada Creek with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeepers and collected dozens of bags of trash, two shopping carts, and a moped. Yes, a moped.
We participated in Community Service Day at North Avenue Beach, picking up trash on the beach and surrounding park areas. Armed with trash bags and plenty of sunscreen, the group picked up more than 23 bags of trash. The office also hosted the WINGS art program for volunteers wishing to help victims of domestic violence through art. Another group of volunteers went to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help repack donated food and other products to be distributed to those in need.
We made our way down to the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio (RMHC) for the community service day. The RMHC is the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world, with the ability to provide guest rooms for 137 families! Our group assisted in cleaning guest rooms, sorting and folding laundry, and restocking inventory.
For more than 30 years, Shared Housing Center has been working to break the cycle of homelessness in Dallas. Our contributions began way before Community Service Day with collecting donations. We helped by organizing the closet by size and type of clothing so people could find what they’re looking for, taking inventory of their school supplies – more than 700 pencils! – and cleaning up the toy room. It was an accomplished day and we were proud to volunteer ourselves to the cause.
We had a wonderful day working with Bayou City Blessings in a Backpack. We were able to create more than 1,800 weekend meal kits for kids in need. The meal kits included seven items with cards of encouragement.
Irvine & San Diego
Our offices came together and met halfway between the two to share a Stewardship at The Reserve At Rancho Mission Viejo – San Juan Capistrano. There was much to do around the land, clipping trees and pulling weeds, but the biggest deed of the day was in creating an enclosure for a desert tortoise that was donated to The Reserve for one of their school programs.
We met up at the Los Angeles Food Bank to help assemble boxes of food for senior citizens living all over the LA region. After hours of assembling, we were able to box more than 1,150 kits for seniors and their families to enjoy. It was a very rewarding experience and was a great way for us to give back to our community while also team-building with our co-workers.
We teamed up with local environmental nonprofit group Big Reuse. We split up into two groups to broaden our support capabilities: one group assisted with the composting process in Long Island City, and the second group went to Big Reuse’s salvage warehouse in Brooklyn where they organized and cleaned the community donations to refurbish and then give away or sell.
We were excited to volunteer for the Marin Food Bank. We sorted oranges that were considered cosmetically not good enough to put on our grocery shelves and packed the quality produce into 35-pound boxes to go to the ones in need. In less than 90 minutes, were able to box more than 20,000 pounds that will go out to shelters, schools and charities.
We participated in community service day serving four organizations around the Greater Saint Louis area. Over 60% of us dispersed to Gateway Greening, Refab, Forrest Park Forever and Youth In Need.
We volunteered with The Clothesline for Arlington Kids, a local nonprofit who creates a retail experience for kids to “shop” for clothing twice a year to create new summer and winter wardrobes. The majority of the clothing is donated to the nonprofit and all are given to families in need at no cost to them. Our main activity was flipping the store from summer to winter wardrobes, and we crushed it! We are already looking forward to next year!