April 2019

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Gault Cares Volunteers at Earthplace

Spring is here, just in time for the employees from Gault Family Companies to complete their first Gault Cares volunteer event at Earthplace in Westport, CT. Volunteer Square was thrilled to help coordinate the first employee volunteer event for the company, having worked with the Gault team back in December when they made Homemade Holiday Cards for Circle of Care Families. 

gault care.jpgWhen we first began discussing employee volunteer projects for 2019, Earthplace was the first organization to come to mind. The leadership team at Gault, was passionate about supporting Earthplace and thought this would be a great project to kick off the Gault Cares program. After a very detailed site visit at Earthplace in November 2018 to determine the scope of the projects, the Gault leadership team assigned project managers to each major task that needed to be completed and also created some opportunities for general clean up. A second site visit in March with the project managers and the staff of Earthpace, helped to determine the materials and number of people needed for each task. The project managers, Tina Bahr, Chris Bianco, Andy Dehler, Kevin Lago and Kevin Rackliffe were then ready to get to work with their teams.

Volunteer Spotlight on Jean Kaiser

“Every act of kindness you do pays off and you should always pay it forward. That’s what we are here for, to take care of each other.” This is how Jean Kaiser describes why she’s been a dedicated volunteer throughout her life. Nominated by Person-to-Person, we are thrilled to recognize Jean in our Volunteer Spotlight.

 

Growing up in Mobile, Alabama, Jean started volunteering as soon as she was old enough to do so. The first volunteer project she remembers was selling donuts on the median of the highway to raise money for children in need.  Her parents taught her at a very young age to give back to her community and it certainly stuck. Raising her children in Westport, CT, she started an afterschool program and encouraged all the kids that attended to volunteer by the time they were in the 6th grade. They would stock shelves at the food pantries, volunteer at Senior Centers, and host food drives. Her volunteering rubbed off on her children as well. She and her daughter volunteered for the Mercy Learning Center and her daughter was also participated in the AIDS quilt program. Jean and her daughter love the Mercy Learning Center and the wonderful things they do for women and education. Her daughter even went back and worked as a teacher there after college.

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