Here are some of our recent VolunCare Crew accomplishments that serve as a source of great pride to all of us at ESL.
Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign
During the 2015 holiday season, approximately 75 ESL employees contributed 225 hours as bell ringers for the Red Kettle campaign at local malls and shopping centers. See Democrat & Chronicle article "ESL Workers Getting Paid to Volunteer at Holidays" for the complete story.
Foodlink Summer Meals Program.
When school is not in session, many school-age children in our community go hungry. But this important program helps provide healthy meals during the summer months.
- In July 2014, an ESL VolunCare Crew of 14 people helped kick off Foodlink’s Summer Meals Program at Frontier Field. They also engaged children in a variety of fun activities, including face painting and batting practice. They even helped children get autographs from Red Wings players. It was a great event for all involved. And it definitely made a difference for children in the Rochester area.
Foodlink Warehouse Operations
The Foodlink warehouse is the hub of a regional, 10-county network that serves meals to 200,000 people. It plays a key role in fighting hunger in our area.
- ESL employees help collect and redistribute more than 16 million pounds of food each year to the 450 member agencies in the Foodlink network.
United Way Day of Caring
Every year, the United Way helps organize hundreds of one-day projects designed to make our community a better place to live. ESL is a proud supporter and participant in the annual Day of Caring event.
- In 2016, some 30 ESL employees spent an entire day cleaning up and beautifying the grounds at Memorial Park in Gates and Camp Arrowhead in Pittsford.
- In 2015, ESL employees worked to "spruce up" the grounds of the Webster Arboretum and the Genesee Waterways Center.
- In 2013 and 2014, a team of ESL employees volunteered to improve the landscaping for a Lifetime Assistance home serving developmentally disabled adults. They also worked on other projects designed to improve the quality of life for residents.
- In 2014, ESL volunteers played an important role in a “Reading and Seeding” program at a Rochester area school. The program is designed to encourage reading, learning, and literacy.
Flower City Habitat for Humanity
Since 1984, this hard-working organization has renovated more than 200 homes in the Rochester area. The effort helps low-income families achieve home ownership and strengthens neighborhoods affected by poverty.
- In 2013 hundreds of ESL employees helped build a new home for a low-income family in Rochester. The project was sponsored and funded by the ESL Charitable Foundation.
These are just a few examples of the many ways that ESL volunteers make a difference in Greater Rochester by continuing our longstanding tradition of community service.
Volunteering is an important way to contribute to our community.
And whenever ESL employees are involved, there’s always great energy, enthusiasm, and camaraderie.