October 13th, 2011

Columbus Day Isn’t a Holiday for the Cooperators

Columbus Day was a federal holiday. That didn’t mean that SMCU employees took the day off, though. For a second year, the SMCU Cooperators took advantage of the day to spend time giving back to some wonderful local organizations.


The Cooperators went to Mary’s Place Day Center, a drop-in program for homeless and formerly homeless women and their children. While there, they helped prepare food and organize store rooms. They also spent time talking with the ladies at the center and even provided free manicures.

At Treehouse, the Cooperators helped tag and sort donated clothing. The clothing will end up in the Treehouse Wearhouse, where kids can shop several times a year for new and like-new clothing, shoes, school supplies, books, toys, bikes and other essentials that help them feel good and fit in.

The Ronald McDonald House provides housing for families with children dealing with serious medical issues. The Cooperators lent some elbow grease to cleaning efforts. Their help ensured that visitors and residents are able to spend their energy on their loved ones and the struggles they face.

Cooperators worked with the City of Seattle Parks Department to pick up garbage, clear invasive weeds and tidy up the planted areas at Golden Gardens Park. Outdoor spaces are some of the primary rewards of living in the Northwest, and we were delighted to help maintain their beauty and appeal.

Washington CASH provides education and resources to people trying to start their own businesses to whom traditional business development opportunities are not available. They depend on the efforts of volunteers. The Cooperators helped out by preparing thank you letters for the hundreds of people who give their time, so Washington CASH can carry out its valuable mission.

The Food Bank at St. Mary’s has been providing assistance to people in need since the early 1940s. They needed help sorting food donations and preparing bags of groceries for delivery to families in need. The Cooperators rolled up their sleeves to lend a hand.

Full Life Care is a care facility dedicated to improving the quality of life of elders and people with chronic illnesses. The SMCU Cooperators spent quality time with the residents, chatting and working on arts and crafts.

The Jubilee Women’s Center provides safe, affordable, and supportive community housing to help single women get off the streets and regain their independence. They needed help preparing for their 14th Annual Benefit Breakfast fundraiser. The Cooperators helped transport supplies to the event location and spent time assembling centerpieces for the event.

The Cooperators take great pride in and get a tremendous amount of personal satisfaction from being able to contribute to these fantastic organizations. The Columbus Day service event has become an employee favorite that we can’t wait to do again.

See more pictures from Columbus Day on SMCU’s Facebook page.

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