We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.
One of our focuses at Clemons & Associates, Inc. is to support charitable organizations through community service projects by volunteering our time and talents. C&A believes in making a difference and encourages employees to give back to our communities through volunteerism. We are active in supporting a variety of non-profit organizations and charitable events.
How do we choose which organization to support? With a small staff of less than 14 we each have an opportunity to support the organization that is near and dear to our hearts. Each quarter one team member gets to choose an organization and to support it through providing a team of volunteers to do whatever needs to be done. Most recently, Allyson Lancaster, who has been with the C&A family for one and half years, chose to support the Duncan Street Miracle Garden in Baltimore, Maryland. Lancaster organized the service project through the Baltimore Office of Sustainability and the C&A team got behind her in full support of her choice in charity.
On June 26, 2012 eight team members from C&A spent the morning at Duncan Street Miracle Gardens (North Avenue-Collington Avenue-Terrell Place-Chester Street block) in East Baltimore helping to beautify the community gardens. C&A worked together to weed, pick up trash, sweep and clean the gardens so that area could support a future harvest. Mr. Lewis Sharpe, the garden’s self-appointed manager, provided the knowledge and tools needed to get the job done. Mr. Sharpe has been caring for the gardens for over twenty years. He is well-known in the community and is responsible for the continuous success of the gardens. The various beds contain strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli and watermelon, among many other things. The C&A team also assisted Mr. Sharpe in cleaning a vacant lot not far from the Duncan Street Gardens. This empty lot is not ready to be used for harvesting just yet, but according to Mr. Sharpe it is important to help keep the neighborhood clean. The C&A team was happy to help Mr. Sharpe and the other community members in caring for the gardens.
Through our community service initiative C&A is able to focus on teamwork and fulfill our mission in helping our communities thrive. By supporting the choice in charity of our employees we are able to make a difference not only in the community, but also in the hearts of our team by coming together to support an organization that they care about. “We feel that we are all truly blessed, and that giving back to charitable communities is our duty,” says Natalie Villabon-Martz, Vice President and creator of the C&A Community Service Initiative. “We want to be of service to others and especially to those that are less fortunate than ourselves. Giving builds relationships, character and is the meaning of life,” says Martz. “Our team looks forward to not only a break in the day-to-day duties of our office, but also that feeling of satisfaction that one feels when giving back. It is truly an important part of our mission as a company.”
For more information on the Duncan Street Miracle Garden, please contact the Baltimore Office of Sustainability at http://www.baltimoresustainability.org/successStoryDetail.aspx?id=44.