Posts tagged #day of service

On The Scene: Washington, DC

Recently, our DC managers sat down to share with us everything from the best places to go in DC to the best things to know before you go on an interview. Check it out below!

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Does your city have a nickname?  The Capital!!!

Best place to grab a bite? We love to step out to District Taco for a quick lunch. Although it’s never that quick because the line is always out the door...but that is just a sign that it is definitely worth the wait!

Best local watering hole? Bar Deco is located right next to the Capital One Arena so you get the feel of being a part of the excitement without paying the big price! Their rooftop is the best place to grab a drink after a long day at work!

Favorite local charity to support/volunteer at?  This year for our Day of Service, we decided to serve lunch at S.O.M.E. and it was such a fun and wonderful experience. We plan on making it a more regular thing!

Favorite sports team? REDSKINS!!!!!

Best resume pro-tip? Always double check spelling and punctuation! That is such a big pet peeve of ours and can really make an impact in a good OR bad way.

Best interview questions you’ve ever been asked? 

Casey: One of the most unexpected questions I’ve ever been asked is what song I would choose to represent myself. That surprised me and made me think out of the box.

Myriam: “Tell me about a time you screwed up.” This question allows you to show how you turned a mistake into a positive situation.

Best advice for an interviewee? Always research information about the company so you know a little bit about the position prior to going in to your interview.

To work with our DC team, contact us here.

Posted on January 12, 2018 .

Our Day Of Service With Habitat for Humanity

The At Your Service Long Island office recently volunteered at Habitat for Humanity Suffolk County as part of the At Your Service Day of Service series. Our team was honored to help build a one story house in Ronkonkoma. We had a lot of fun - and we learned a lot too.

Before we suited up, we got to learn a little about the Habitat program from our coordinator, Chris. Habitat has the home recipients participate in a series of classes on finance and basic home repair prior to moving into the home.  Recipients work for 300 hours on the home they will be receiving - they call this sweat equity.  The program establishes a foundation so the recipients of a Habitat home can successfully maintain and stay in that home.

Through partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, Habitat for Humanity gives housing for AmeriCorps volunteers, individuals who serve full time to volunteer at Habitat or affiliates and gain scholarship money to use to further their education at the end of their term. We got the chance to work with 2 individuals from AmeriCorps, (they were in charge of making sure we didn’t get hurt in the process!) and despite the cold, we had a great time and really felt like we were making a difference in the community.

The house itself is going to a Huntington School district security guard, Youlanda Carey. Huntington High School’s Habitat for Humanity Club raised $20,000 to support the Habitat efforts and came out to volunteer at least once a week to work on the house that Ms. Carey will be receiving.

This day really encouraged us and made us feel like we were making a difference for this home for a very deserving person. The project is running into the summer so we are hoping to make it back there! (Once the weather gets warmer!)

Thanks to Habitat for having us!!

Posted on March 9, 2017 .

Day of Service: Cradle to Crayons with At Your Service Boston

We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.
— Winston Churchill

On Friday, March 27th, At Your Service Boston chose to spend our At Your Service Day of Service with Cradles to Crayons at the Giving Factory.  If you have never heard of Cradles to Crayons, I encourage you to research their cause, make a donation, and take time to volunteer with them at the Giving Factory:  https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/ .  

Cradles to Crayons helps hundreds of thousands of children in the Cities of Boston and Philadelphia,  with a mission that “one day every child will have the essentials they need.”  Cradles to Crayons collects donations of new and lightly used children's items for children ages newborn to 12 years old. They provide new or gently used school supplies, clothes, shoes, and books to statewide homeless and low-income children through a united network of social service agencies and schools.  Last year, they reached 100,000 children in the city of Boston, which we learned is only 1/3 of the children that need the help they provide. 

Upon entering the Giving Factory we were greeted by delightful workers and a group of volunteers, mixed of local organizations, student groups, and families eager to begin.    Our At Your Service group was assigned the task to sort children’s fall/spring jackets. We sorted the spring and fall jackets based on gender and the size of the jacket to give to a specific child. The items cannot be dirty, over used, or have any branding on them (unless it’s a Boston Sports team, of course). Having the volunteers organize the donations is such an imperative aspect of their mission. Cradles to Crayons matches each item with a child based on  the age or size of the child, their needs, and interests. Each child receives a unique package hand picked for them specifically, meant to feel like a gift and bring them joy in their adverse circumstances. The Giving Factory radiates love, hope, and selflessness.

It is through days like our Day of Service that I remember to appreciate the people in my life and be thankful for the things I take for granted on a daily basis.  I truly believe that, when a company creates a culture valuing good will, generosity, and hospitality, they're not only serving their clients but they’re enriching their employees.  I am proud to be a member of such a company.

-Hannah Slaga, AYS Boston

Posted on April 15, 2015 .