We launched the Kreischer Miller Cares Day of Service in 2012 as part of our Kreischer Miller Cares program. This structured and planned annual event offers an opportunity for our team members to volunteer at local service organizations to provide hands-on community service.
The event offers one more way for our team members to live Kreischer Miller’s mission to actively support the communities in which we live and work, striving to make our community and world a better place. It also provides an opportunity for our team members to get to know each other better and work together in a fun and fulfilling setting. Team members who choose to participate are compensated for a normal work day.
The 2019 Day of Service took place on Friday, May 10th. This year, Kreischer Miller sent groups of approximately 15-50 team members to each of the following organizations:
Elwyn was one of the nation’s first schools for children with intellectual disabilities, and for more than 163 years they’ve supported individuals with diverse challenges in shaping distinctive, meaningful lives. The Elwyn Farm is an agricultural area on the Media Campus. The farm provides a ways for Elwyn’s students to learn how to plant, nurture and harvest vegetables and fruits. In fact, the farm serve as a key component of the education curriculum at Elwyn. Additionally, products from the farm are sold on campus and given to community food banks.
Kreischer Miller team members helped at Elwyn’s campus farm that feeds residents. Team members planted, weeded, tidied up outdoors, and learned about the process of harvesting crops.
Covenant House, Philadelphia
Covenant House Pennsylvania provides a variety of services to help homeless young people plan, stay on track, and achieve their goals. They also provide housing to give young people the time and support they need to achieve independence.
Kreischer Miller team members conducted a job readiness workshop with youth staying at the Armat Street shelter and organized donations for their “career closet.”
Peter Becker Community, Harleysville
Peter Becker Community is a continuing care retirement community focused on meeting the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of their members. Peter Becker Community is entirely focused on the well-being of their resident, and strives to promote the individuality of each of their full-time and temporary residents.
Kreischer Miller team members spent time with residents by chatting, playing games, and even playing with residents’ dogs! They also washed wheelchairs and helped with some general maintenance tasks.
Cradles to Crayons, Philadelphia
Cradles to Crayons provides children up to the age of 12 who are living in homeless or low income situations with the essentials they need to thrive. Cradles to Crayons collects donations, which are then processed and packaged by volunteers. The packages are ultimately distributed to local children through service partners.
Kreischer Miller team members inspected and sorted donations into categories. A portion of the day was also spent “shopping.” Shopping includes fulfilling the weekly orders that are sent in to Cradles to Crayons by packaging the sorted items into bags for each of the children.
General Louis Wagner Middle School, Philadelphia
Wagner Middle School serves approximately 500 children in grades 6th through 8th. The school’s mission is to ensure all students graduate with the knowledge and skills to be successful in a college prep curriculum in high school.
Kreischer Miller team members conducted a career day workshop with students and strived to promote school pride with several beautification projects. One of the projects included painting and decorating the school’s “zen den.”