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What We're Thankful For: A Year In Review
At the Woodmark, we are not just a "culture of yes", we're a culture of thankfulness - for our guests, for each other, and for our community as a whole. Practicing thankfulness makes the Woodmark more than a hotel, or more than an office, it makes it a living and breathing place of positivity. One of our team members once said that his favorite thing about the Woodmark is that "people are happy here...and they aren't pretending."
It is this energy, this passion, that makes us excited to come to work each day. We are constantly working together to do more - for each other, and for our community. Today, as we approach Thanksgiving, we reflect on our various community service activites this past year, and how they have affected us individually and as a team.
Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families of seriously ill children who are seeking treatment at area hospitals. In March, we prepared and served dinner to 90 residents living at the Seattle Ronald McDonald House. In addition, we hosted a “Support a Cause” night in Beach Cafe, where a portion of the proceeds from our restaurant that evening were donated to Ronald McDonald House.
For more information visit: http://www.rmhcseattle.org/
FareStart is a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. Since 1992, FareStart has provided opportunities for nearly 7,000 people to transform their lives, while also serving over 6 million meals to disadvantaged people in our community. In April, some members of our team volunteered at the Guest Chef Night by serving dinner to patrons and 100% of the proceeds and gratuities from the evening went back to fund FareStart student services and training.
For more information visit: http://www.farestart.org/
Red Nose Day
The Woodmark supported the Inaugural Red Nose Day, a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty, on May 21st, 2015. Our team, as well as people across the country, came together by donning big red clown noses to have fun and raise funds and awareness. It was a great way to shed light on an important cause while also making people laugh.
For more information visit: https://www.rednoseday.org/
Eastside Baby Corner
In Washington State, one in five children is living in poverty. Eastside Baby Corner helps kids thrive by providing the basic necessities that every child needs. They do this by collecting and purchasing children’s items and distributing them, free of charge, through local social service agencies. In 2014 alone, Eastside Baby Corner supplied 800,000 diapers to families living in our communities. This past June, we participated in a “Diaper Derby” for Eastside Baby Corner to help raise diapers to support their cause in fulfilling the need for every child to get a great start.
For more information visit: http://www.babycorner.org/
A Million Thanks
A Million Thanks supports our active, reserve, and veteran military by sending millions of letters of thanks and encouragement directly to our service members. In July, The Woodmark team wrote letters of appreciation to our active military personnel serving oversees.
For more information visit: http://amillionthanks.org/
Northwest Harvest Food Drive
Our current community service initiative is a canned food drive to benefit Northwest Harvest. Each department within Woodmark is collecting canned food items and we will have a “can castle” competition where each team builds castles with their cans in a little friendly competition to encourage more donations from each department. Northwest Harvest is Washington's own statewide hunger relief agency. Their mission is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger. Their vision is that ample nutritious food is available to everyone in Washington State.
For more information visit: www.northwestharvest.org
For other nationally recognized awareness days throughout the year, we have dressed up and worn various colors to represent various health issues including the following:
February 6: Go Red for Women to fight heart disease in women (we all wore red)
March 26: Epilepsy Awareness Day (we all wore purple)
April 2: Autism Awareness Day (we all wore blue)
We are thankful to have these opportunities to serve and we look forward to expanding these initiatives in 2016. We wish each of you a meaningful Thanksgiving and a wonderful start to the holiday season.