Giving Back to Boston: 2010 in Review
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Giving Back to Boston: 2010 in Review

A look back at what our associates did to give back to our community

As a whole, Grand Circle associates are a committed bunch, eager to give of their time, talent, and resources to help a neighbor in need—in fact, 97% of our Boston staff participated in community service this past year. Because of this dedication, Grand Circle Foundation is able to organize a wide variety of events each year—with confidence that each one will be a success.

As we look forward to another successful year of giving back, here's a look back at some of our favorite events in 2010:

The Greater Boston Food Bank:
We began 2010 with a company-wide food drive that yielded 846 pounds of non-perishable food items for the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB). Associates also participated in quarterly volunteer nights at the GBFB facility, where every item needs to be sorted, inspected, and packaged before distribution. One of the largest such organizations in the country, GBFB feeds 83,000 people across nine Massachusetts counties every week by distributing to soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, youth programs, and more.

Rebuilding Together Boston:
For the past 15 years, Rebuilding Together Boston (RTB) has been Grand Circle Corporation's largest community service event, with more than 100 associates and their families working together every April to renovate the home of a neighbor in need. In 2010, the lucky homeowner was Donna Shepherd, an administrative assistant who lives alone on a fixed income.

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly:
It may have been pouring rain on Mother's Day in 2010, but it didn't stop our associates from hosting a festive luncheon for more than 25 low-income elderly women at the headquarters of Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly.

AIDS Walk & Run:
2010 marked the 25th anniversary of the AIDS Walk & Run, the largest annual fundraiser for the AIDS Action Committee Boston—and Grand Circle associates have been participating since the very beginning. This year, 54 associates stepped out for either the 5k run or 6.2 mile walk, joining more than 12,000 others in raising awareness for HIV/AIDS.

Pan-Massachusetts Challenge:
Nine Grand Circle associates—including Alan Lewis—participated in the nation's original bike-a-thon, with some riding a total of 192 miles over just two days. A raffle, a hotdog-eating contest, and a matching gift from Grand Circle Foundation helped the team raise $30,000 for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Food Project Harvest:
On a beautiful Saturday in September, 19 associates and their families got "down and dirty" on Baker Bridge Farm in Lincoln, Massachusetts. In just a few hours, they harvested the equivalent of nearly 23,000 servings of produce for the Food Project—a unique organization that provides healthy food in inner city communities and creates leadership opportunities for young people.

New England Center for Homeless Veterans:
In November of 2010, on the evening before Veterans Day, Grand Circle associates visited the New England Center for Homeless Veterans (NECHV) to serve dinner and distribute more than 300 fully stocked bags of toiletries to the shelter's residents. The Foundation has a special relationship with the NECHV, which serves more than 1,000 veterans a year. In April of 2009, associates renovated the dining hall during Rebuilding Together Boston. And in 2011, eligible NECHV residents will be moved into their very own apartments with the help of the Foundation's Up & Out program.

In 2011, we'll be organizing these annual events and more. Stay tuned to our e-newsletter to learn how we're helping our neighbors in the year to come.

This story was featured in our January 2011 E-Newsletter. Read the full issue here.