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.