Employees at C&S Family of Companies Volunteer In Recognition of MLK Day
Keene, NH -- In 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. posed the idea that “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?’” Motivated by his dream of people collaborating to make a difference in their communities, teams of employees from the C&S Family of Companies in 14 states volunteered on or around the 2017 MLK Day of Service. They went to Head Start Schools and other schools in low-income neighborhoods to read books to students.
“There’s nothing more important than children because, being from the inner city, where I came from, it’s not too often that people did these types of things,” said C&S Operations Manager Michael Crutchfield. He works at the company’s Stockton, CA distribution center and volunteered alongside his coworkers to mark the MLK Day of Service by reading with 21 preschoolers.
Employees from the C&S Family of Companies, including first-time MLK Day of Service participants from Grocers Supply (TX), and FreshKO Produce Services (CA), engaged with students at the following:
Alabama Kershaw YMCA Head Start, Montgomery
California Roosevelt Preschool, Stockton
Ivy Head Start, Fresno
Connecticut Enfield Head Start, Enfield
Florida Smart Pope Livingston Elementary School, Jacksonville
Hal Marston Head Start, Orlando
Brentwood Elementary School, Miami Gardens
Strawberry Hills Head Start, Plant City
Hawaii Ewa Elementary School, Ewa Beach
Louisiana Hammond Head Start, Hammond
Maryland MRDC Head Start, Havre de Grace
MRDC Head Start, Elkton
Massachusetts The Growing Tree Learning Center, Westfield
New Hampshire Southwest Community Services Head Start, Keene
Southwest Community Services Head Start, Swanzey
New York RECAP Western Orange County Head Start, Middletown
Head Start of Orange County, Newburgh
Pennsylvania Donegan Elementary School, Bethlehem
Sonny Days Preschool, DuBois
ELCO-Fort Zeller Elementary, Richland
South Carolina Share Head Start, Greenville
CCSD Thomas Meyers II Head Start, Charleston
Texas Clayton Homes Head Start, Houston
Vermont West Bee Nursery School, Brattleboro
To further encourage reading, each student was surprised with two new, age-appropriate books of their own. A total of 2,500 books were provided by C&S through First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday and Service Act was signed in 1994 to expand the mission of the holiday as a day of community service, interracial cooperation, and youth anti-violence initiatives.
C&S community involvement programs support initiatives to fight hunger and to promote the health and enrichment of communities that are homes to the company's employees and facilities. To learn more, please visit http://community.cswg.com.
Caption: Employees from the C&S Family of Companies volunteered in schools around the US on or around the 2016
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Pictured: Michael Crutchfield and a few coworkers from C&S in Stockton, CA read
and gave new books to the students at the nearby Roosevelt Preschool.