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Aramark Employees Volunteer Time & Services

Aramark Employees Volunteer Time & Services
October 02
11:08 2021

Aramark employees volunteer time, services to Page animal shelter, and Bullfrog school

By Steven Law

Brittany Brink, Senior HR Manager, and Tracy King-Garappolo, HR Associate Manager, exercise dogs being sheltered at Page Animal Adoption Shelter.

Last week Aramark held its Aramark Building Community Day events, and Aramark employees from Wahweap and Bullfrog spent two days in Page volunteering at the Page Animal Adoption Shelter, and a day in Bullfrog, Utah where they volunteered at the Lake Powell School.

Building Community Day is something Aramark does once a year at all Aramark locations, worldwide. Sometimes their employees donate their time doing service in the areas where they work and live, and other times they may do canned food or winter coat drives, with the gathered items going to local food pantries and other charitable community agencies.

“We believe it’s very important to give back to the local community,” said Brandon Moore, a Human Resources Manager at Wahweap. “Page is our community. We all benefit from what Page has to offer, and we want to be a part of helping out with those efforts. As one of the area’s biggest employers, we take that responsibility seriously.”

Charles Kayner, an Aramark employee in Bullfrog, reads to Lake Powell School student Dwayne Chee during pizza party Read-a-thon in September

In Page, the Aramark employees – consisting of both administrators and hourly employees – volunteered for two days at the animal shelter where they brushed and walked dogs, watered and fed the dogs and cats, trimmed the nails of dogs and cats, cleaned up the cat house and the dog shelter, cleaned up the yard, and planted some bushes and trees. They had ten to fifteen people show up both days.

Their arrival at the Page Animal Adoption Shelter Friday morning occurred at the same time three six-week old puppies were dropped off. The puppies were brought inside and given baths and nail trims.

The Aramark employees volunteered at the shelter from 9 a.m. to noon both Thursday and Friday.

“It was really nice getting the extra help,” said Natalie Ferrando, Director of the Page Animal Adoption Shelter, and Animal Control Officer for the City of Page. “It was great having them for a couple days. We were able to give all the dogs a walk and get caught up on some bigger projects.”

Some of the Aramark volunteers enjoyed their time working at the shelter so much, they will continue coming back on a long-term effort.

“Some of them wanted to continue helping take care of our cats, and some will help me with off-site things, such as helping with fostering and doing paperwork,” said Ferrando.

Ferrando said Aramark’s outreach is a great example of how businesses can give back to their communities.  “It was nice that they kept it local., and helped out here. Hopefully it will encourage other businesses to follow that same model.”

On the north side of Lake Powell, Aramark employees who live and work in Bullfrog, volunteered at the Lake Powell School on Sept. 23, where they held a read-a-thon, complete with pizza and drinks for the kids and teachers.

The read-a-thon pizza party was the culmination and celebration of a much larger Aramark service initiative.

This year, Aramark has added a new component to its community service efforts, by funding the volunteer efforts of its many local properties. The grants come from Aramark’s corporate office, which is based in Philadelphia. The grant monies can be put toward community service and outreach.

In Bullfrog, Aramark used that funding to buy backpacks, water bottles and Scholastic books for the students of the Lake Powell School. In addition, the school was able to use a portion of the grant money to purchase pencils paper and art supplies.

“It was a very fun day. The kids had a blast!” said Kay Townsend, Principal and teacher at Lake Powell School. “Aramark is always so good to us. They bring us gifts for our kids every month.

And every Christmas one of their employees dresses up like Santa Claus for the kids. At Halloween they do a Trunk or Treat for us, with their cars all decorated, and they supply the pumpkins for us to carve.

“They’re very supportive of us and we’re very grateful for all the contributions they give to our school.”

Featured Photo:

A group of Aramark employees volunteered their time at the Page Animal Adoption Shelter last week. They are, from left: Mary Wurtz, Shadoe Schoppmann, Brittany Brink, Kelly Zwierzchowski, Erica Neils, Tracy King-Garappolo, Kristy Brown, Robert Knowlton and Brandon Moore.

** Photos by Steven Law**

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