Posts tagged #volunteer

Hospitality with a Service Heart

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In a world where businesses continue to focus on the bottom line and output , it is special to be a part of a company that values service to others like At Your Service. The Founder and Owner of At Your Service, who likes to be referred to as our Coach, Mark Casaburi, has always had giving back as part of the AYS mission. Recently, he was inspired to turn our service focus toward a new organization.

The World Central Kitchen (WCK) organization was founded by Chef Jose Andres in 2010. The WCK is a global group of Chefs dedicated to combating hunger and poverty. This organization is usually first on the scene in times of emergency. It was when Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, Mark wanted to find a way to give back. First, we used the At Your Service office in Sayville as a donation drop off location. AYS with community and staff donations were able to donate items to larger causes flying in essentials to Puerto Rico. But after this experience, Mark wanted to do something bigger.

During a time of emergency, everyone should have access to a humble plate of food.
— José Andrés

Mark found the WCK and discovered a WCK supported farm, La Botica De La Tierra, in Puerto Rico that needed some help. Inspired by this, Mark brought our team down and worked on the farm planting trees and building fences. About the experience, Mark said: “Our team had a really special experience. Working together on a farm brought our teamwork to such a high level.  Volunteering with WCK is helping to create a more sustainable food ecosystem.  We feel the farm work we provided will create strength for Puerto Rico to bounce back after future hurricanes and other natural disasters. It’s a fulfilling feeling to do our small part to feed the world and those in need.”

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Our experience on the farm was so transformative that we decided as a team to make a monetary donation to the farm in Mark’s honor. We also recently attended the Dine N Dash WCK fundraiser in DC with our team in an effort to stay connected with the organization.It was a great night of local food and drink that led up to a private audience with Chef José Andrés! Although the night was wonderful from start to finish, one simple sentence from Chef Andrés really resonated with us all: “During a time of emergency, everyone should have access to a humble plate of food.” It is that exact sentiment that drives Mark and the team at AYS to be dedicated to giving and to the WCK.

We are looking forward to returning to La Botica De La Tierra soon and plan to continue partnering with WCK for years to come! To support the organization and make a donation to WCK, click here.

Posted on July 17, 2019 .

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 .