There is something special about a homemade holiday card. When you open the envelope, you can immediately feel the love and care that was involved in making it. Volunteer Square was excited to help coordinate a holiday card making project for the employees of the Gault Family Companies.
In early fall, I met with Megan Donaher Ventrella, Human Resources Coordinator and Meredith Donaher, Director of Marketing at Gault. They wanted to start an employee volunteer program and offer a variety of potential projects for people to get involved with. At our initial planning meeting, we discussed a kicking off of the program at their annual staff meeting in March of 2019. 4 volunteer events would be presented for employees to participate in during the course of the year. We also decided to take advantage of the holiday season and look for a fun volunteer project that employees could do in the office. We wanted something that would be fun and creative and encourage people to take a short break from their day to participate in.
Megan and Meredith suggested that I contact Circle of Care, an organization that Gault has supported in the past. When I spoke with Circle of Care Program Director, Tammi Small, she knew just the project for the Gault team. Tammi explained that each year families are invited to apply for a $100 Target gift card to help offset holiday expenses. The gift cards are sent by Circle of Care in early December and she said they would love to have homemade cards to send along with them. When I presented this to Megan and Meredith, they loved the idea and were excited to have their employees participate. They were already doing a giving tree in their Westport office and thought this creative project would pair well with that.
On Tuesday, December 4th, we set up the kitchen in the Gault Family Companies Westport office with holiday card supplies. Supplies were also delivered to the Bridgeport office so employees could participate there as well. Over the course of 3 days, both offices created a total of 55 homemade cards to be sent to Circle of Care families.
Megan, Meredith, and I delivered the cards to the Circle of Care office on Friday, December 7th and the staff loved them! We had a chance to see their new office space, learn more about their programs and talk with Executive Director Gina Longo. This was a great first volunteer project for the Gault Family Companies to participate in. Their employees made beautiful cards for a wonderful organization and I have no doubt that the families receiving each card will feel the love and care that went into making them.
Volunteer Square is excited to work with Gault Family Companies to create the 2019 employee volunteer program and we will continue to share stories of the amazing work they are doing through our blog!