Empowering those in need, one meal at a time.
Area of sustainability (i.e. food waste, single use plastics)
What were the objectives of the Social Responsibility or Environmental initiative?
The objectives are to give back not only the easy way (donations, gifts, financially) but spend my time one day a week doing something that helps others who really need it. I also am doing this for me. Covid has been tough on everyone and coming out of a busy year in hospitality, it makes me feel good to give back.
I spend one day a week volunteering at Miss Carlys in Rockford, IL helping with their community meals.
Detail of project
Miss Carlys is a unique place where people in need can get items like food or clothing. They can also get help getting off the streets, drug treatment or help getting an apartment or job. What makes it different is that they help everyone whether they are sober or not, whether they have an ID or not. I spend one full day a week making 1000 sandwiches and packing sack lunches for anyone who wants to stop by at any time. No questions. I also work with some of the people on the streets and being able to learn about them and talk to them about our lives is so meaningful for both of us. I am so passionate about helping those in need. In addition to volunteering I was able to donate many clothes, have friends donate clothes and purchase new diapers and socks which were items they needed at the time.
Me Miss Carly's Other Volunteers People that are getting food and donations from Miss Carlys My family and friends
Impact on stakeholders
Stakeholders are getting the help that they need to make it a faster and smoother process as well as getting the food and help that they need to survive.
Companies or partners who contributed to the project
Miss Carlys Many businesses donate to them to purchase food
How did the project meet the original objectives and what were the successful outcomes?
It met the objectives which are always changing because I am able to commit to one day a week. Miss Carlys has helped so many people get permanently off the street, out of prostitution and become healthy from their addictions.
How were objectives and outcomes measured?
Every day, we would make sure finish the 1,000 sandwiches no matter how long that takes.
What you would do differently next time
I am planning to invite friends and coworkers to come help volunteer with me once they do feel more comfortable.
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