Over the last few weeks of September employees from Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF), Financial Accounting Standards Board(FASB), and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) were busy volunteering and collecting items in their office for two different non-profit agencies in Norwalk, CT.
On Friday, September 20th, volunteers from FAF, FASB, and GASB spent the afternoon with the clients at ElderHouse visiting, sharing snacks, and playing beach bingo. ElderHouse is a not-for-profit adult day center that serves seniors in Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. Part of the senior community for over 40 years, they help older adults to remain living in their own homes, and delivering peace of mind to caregivers. It's a safe, active and caring place where seniors can spend their days socializing with friends, participating in activities, enjoy breakfast and lunch, and receive affordable, high-quality care. To learn more about ElderHousevisit their website.
The teams decorated the tables where the clients have lunch with beach themed table clothes and napkins. Volunteers then joined the clients at their tables to visit and get to know each other. After lunch wrapped up, the volunteers brought out cake and ice cream for dessert to celebrate the end of National Adult Daycare Week and that was just the beginning. The ElderHouse team had shared that the clients love potato chips so colorful buckets were brought out full of potato chips for each table and the bingo game began. Coins were buried in sand and each winner, assisted by a volunteer, was able to dig in the sand for their winnings. It was a fun afternoon enjoyed by clients, volunteers, and staff at ElderHouse and a great way to celebrate the end of a special week.
From September 16th - 27th, the FAF, FASB, and GASB teams held a Diaper Drive in their offices, for Children's Connection, a program of The Human Services Council in Norwalk. During the two weeks, staff members donated diaper, bottles, wipes, formulas and pacifiers. At the end of the two weeks, a final count was tallied at over 2,000 diapers! The coordinators of the project delivered all the donations to the Children's Connection on Tuesday and Kari Pesavento, Director of Children's Connection, said she was overwhelmed by their generosity!
The teams are FAF, FASB, and GASB are no strangers to volunteering. They work hard to find meaningful and thoughtful volunteer opportunities for their employees to participate in. Volunteer Square provides several options for projects and the team chooses 3-4 projects annually based on survey feedback. It's important to the company that they offer their employees the opportunity to give back to the local community and participate in activities that make a great impact on the agencies they work with. Past projects include, Veteran's Park Cleanup, preparing bags for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, hosting collection drives for various organizations in their offices, and preparing the Domus school building for summer camp, just to name a few.
This is the second year we've had the pleasure of working with their team and we love it. Congratulations to all the volunteers that participated in the most recent project at ElderHouse, we can't wait to see what FAF, FASB, and GASB will do next!