Danforth In the CommunityTricia Herby
Throughout the holidays and into the new year, Danforth offices and employees volunteered their time and resources to help the less fortunate in the communities in which we work.
In our Capital Region, employees chose to assist two organizations: CAPTAIN Community Human Services of Saratoga County and the Veterans and Community Housing Coalition. For CAPTAIN Community Human Services, employees held a food drive and collected non-perishable food items to donate to the nonprofit organization which helps young people and their families navigate poverty, substance abuse, homelessness, academic challenges and more in the Saratoga region. The Veterans and Community Housing Coalition provides housing and support services to homeless and low-income Veterans. For this organization, Capital Region employees collected new and gently used hats, scarves, mittens, boots and gloves to help keep the veterans warm through our frigid New York winters. A group of employees traveled to each of the organization’s headquarters to drop off the donations and spread some holiday cheer.
Our Central New York office in Victor also worked to help keep the veterans in their community warm and provide them with food throughout the holidays. For the veterans at the Canandaigua VA, Central New York employees collected non-perishable food items, donated a full Thanksgiving meal to 3 families, delivered gifts to children of the veterans, and collected 25 blankets to donate in the new year. A full range of staff from the office to the shop helped deliver the donations to the grateful veterans. Especially noteworthy were several employees who made sure that each child of the families they were assisting had a special toy for Christmas.
In Western New York, a food and clothing drive was initiated for the Salvation Army, including a special Turkey Day Drive where employees donated turkeys of all sizes right before the Thanksgiving holiday. Additionally, several employees volunteered to help with the organization’s Street Feed for the Homeless which feeds the homeless in the city of Buffalo throughout the winter months. In recognition of all of the efforts, Danforth was honored at the Salvation Army’s first annual “Thanks” dinner several weeks ago.
Community engagement is one of John W. Danforth Company’s key strategies within our credo. The company is excited for the coming year as our employees continue to integrate and invest in all of our communities across the state.