It’s good for the soul, the mind and our collective communities to take a pause from our daily workload and volunteer. For our global CannonDesign team, one of those moments took place on Friday, August 26, when teammates across our firm partnered with local non-profits as part of our Annual Community Service Day. Here’s a recap of how those across our firm gave back.
Our Boston office helped beautify the Hull Lifesaving Museum, an organization that commemorates their maritime heritage and provides life-changing youth development experiences.
In Pittsburgh, our teammates partnered with Allegheny Parks to clean trails at Hartwood Acres. They brought their shovels, spades and boots to help keep the city’s surrounding parks in great shape for the fall ahead.
New York City
Our New York City office volunteered with two organizations: Northwell Health’s Growing Loving Community Garden and The New Jewish Home. With Northwell Health, we helped get their community garden ready for the fall by preparing seeds. At The New Jewish Home, our teammates organized a library, and after doing some tech checks, spent time with residents building shadow box collages. Participants said it was wonderful to have cross-generational and cross-cultural conversations
As one of our largest offices, our Buffalo teammates split up in groups of three and volunteered with several local organizations. One of the organizations is the Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church. This church is a pillar within the Buffalo East Side community. The team packaged meals, sorted clothing donations and helped beautify the community garden.
Two other groups helped rehab the River Rock Garden located in the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and cleaned up the parks and water shorelines in the outer harbor at Wilkeson Pointe with the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper.
Our Toronto team volunteered at Second Harvest Toronto, an organization that finds surplus, edible food that businesses can’t use and hands it out to those in need. The group helped organize food and set up the organization’s staff to feed even more people in the near term.
In Baltimore, our office split their team across two local nonprofits. One volunteered with the Baltimore Urban Baseball Association, which teaches urban youth about baseball by teaching, mentoring, coaching and practice. The other group went to Belair-Edison Elementary School where they helped teachers prepare for the new school year.
Our Washington, D.C office also had the opportunity to give back to two groups: The Clothesline for Arlington Kids and Bridges to Independence. The team has volunteered with The Clothesline of Arlington Kids before, and this time they helped them switch the store from summer to winter wardrobes. At Bridges to Independence, the team was able to collect and donate canned foods for the organization.
Dallas and Houston
Our Houston office volunteered at Bayou City Blessings, an organization that provides food on the weekends and during school breaks for Houston children. The team assembled 1,000 bags with food and created over 2,000 cards for the students to read when they opened their bag. Our Dallas office donated their time and skills to help out the North Texas Food Bank.
Our Denver team partnered with Denver Parks and Recreation to help clean up the South Platte trail in Arkins Promenade.
San Diego and Irvine
In California—our San Diego and Irvine offices joined forces to help two great local organizations: the San Diego Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation and the Irvine Ranch Conservancy, specifically the Boomer Canyon Nature Garden.
In Los Angeles, over 30 of our team members volunteered at the Los Angeles Food Bank and sorted over 10,000 pounds of fresh fruit for distribution. Another group of volunteers spent time with the Midnight Mission sorting donated clothing, shoes and personal goods, and preparing meals for the unhoused community.
In St. Louis, more than 60 employees volunteered across six different sites. Those organizations were Bethel Hills, Crisis Nursery, Forest Park Forever, Gateway Greening, MissionSTL and Stray Rescue.
Our Blue Cottage of CannonDesign team in Ann Arbor, Michigan, worked with Food Gatherers to prepare non-perishable food boxes that were sent out to local food banks.
In Chicago, our team split up to help two organizations. The first was Cradles to Crayons, where the team went through kids’ clothes and sorted them by categories. The other team volunteered with Urban Growers Collective in Chicago’s South Side. This Black- and women-led nonprofit provides jobs in urban agriculture and affordable, fresh food to underserved communities.