Cooks Dish Out Joy and Good Health
London, ON – From the smiling faces of the volunteers and those they assist, helping out in the community has been very rewarding! Almost once a month for the past five years, representatives from Sutton Group – Select Realty Inc.* buy groceries then prepare and serve dinner to the Salvation Army’s clientele. The REALTORS® and staff who participate in these four-hour shifts have fun in the kitchen together preparing a nourishing meal for people in need.
“It is great to be able to help out and contribute directly to the community,” says Ron Nieman, a sales associate and one of the frequent volunteers. “The highlight is that we work as a team and as friends. We have fun and joke around with each other. We also share the cost of the food for the dinner.”
When the Salvation Army made an urgent plea for volunteers, including corporate groups, REALTOR® Paula Hodgson answered the call. That was five years ago. She continues to take on the tasks of buying groceries and scheduling volunteers from the office. The team has logged many hours in the charity’s signature red aprons! In fact, working around winter and summer holidays, the office sends a group of volunteers nine out of 12 months of the year.
“This really is a collective effort and everyone’s contribution is important,” says Ron. “We all appreciate that Paula organizes this project, which directly benefits so many of our neighbours in need.”
In addition, this office regularly gets involved in food and toy drives. As winter approaches, they collect hats, mitts, gloves and socks for London’s homeless population.
Volunteer work is great for corporate team-building and the community. The Salvation Army in London is in need of assistance: http://www.centreofhope.ca.
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