Aramark employees volunteer, service at Page Animal Shelter and Bullfrog School
By Steven Law
Last week, Aramark hosted their Aramark Building Community Day events, and Aramark employees from Wahweap and Bullfrog spent two days in Page volunteering at the Page Animal Adoption Shelter, and one day in Bullfrog, Utah. , where they volunteered at Lake Powell School.
Building Community Day is something Aramark does once a year at all Aramark locations around the world. Sometimes their employees volunteer their time to be of service in the areas where they work and live, and other times they may do canned food or winter coat collections, with the items collected going to wardens. local dining and other community charities.
“We think it’s very important to give back to the local community,” said Brandon Moore, director of human resources at Wahweap. “Page is our community. We all benefit from what Page has to offer and we want to contribute to those efforts. As one of the largest employers in the region, we take this responsibility seriously.
In Page, Aramark employees – made up of both administrators and hourly workers – volunteered for two days at the animal shelter where they brushed and walked the dogs, watered and fed the dogs and cats. , cut the claws of dogs and cats, cleaned the cat house and dog shelter, cleaned the yard and planted bushes and trees. Ten to fifteen people showed up on the two days.
Their arrival at the Animal Adoption Shelter on Friday morning occurred at the same time that three six-week-old puppies were dropped off. The puppies were brought inside and given baths and nail clippings.
Aramark employees volunteered at the shelter from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday and Friday.
“It was really nice to have the extra help,” said Natalie Ferrando, manager of the Page Animal Adoption Shelter and the Town of Page Animal Control Officer. “It was great to have them for a few days. We were able to walk all the dogs and get involved in bigger projects. “
Some of the Aramark volunteers have enjoyed their time working at the shelter so much that they will keep coming back for a long term effort.
“Some of them wanted to continue to help take care of our cats, and some will help me with things offsite, like helping with foster care and doing paperwork,” Ferrando said.
Ferrando said raising awareness in Aramark is a great example of how businesses can give back to their communities. “It was good that they kept him local and helped out here. Hopefully this will encourage other companies to follow the same model.
On the north side of Lake Powell, Aramark employees who live and work at Bullfrog, volunteered at Lake Powell School on September 23, where they held a reading marathon, complete with pizza and drinks for the kids and teachers.
The read-a-thon pizza night was the culmination and celebration of a much larger Aramark service initiative.
This year, Aramark added a new dimension to its community service efforts, funding the volunteer efforts of its many local properties. Grants come from Aramark’s corporate headquarters, based in Philadelphia. Grant money can be spent on community service and awareness.
At Bullfrog, Aramark used this funding to purchase backpacks, water bottles and Scholastic books for students at Lake Powell School. In addition, the school was able to use part of the grant money to purchase pencil paper and art supplies.
“It was a very fun day. The kids had a blast! said Kay Townsend, principal and teacher at Lake Powell School. “Aramark is always so good to us. They bring us gifts for our children every month.
And every Christmas, one of their employees disguises himself as Santa Claus for the children. On Halloween, they make us a chest or a treat, with their cars all decorated, and they provide us with the pumpkins to carve.
“They are very supportive of us and we are very grateful for all the contributions they make to our school.
A group of Aramark employees volunteered their time at the Page animal adoption shelter last week. They are, from left to right: Mary Wurtz, Shadoe Schoppmann, Brittany Brink, Kelly Zwierzchowski, Erica Neils, Tracy King-Garappolo, Kristy Brown, Robert Knowlton and Brandon Moore.
** Photos by Steven Law **