U.S. Bank volunteer team members, ( l-r.), Joe Reocheleau, Jack Ellerin, Stephanie Cox and Hortense Wood.
At U.S. Bank, Mary Easton is on a nationwide committee to coordinate volunteer efforts for the bank. “U.S. Bank gives us up to sixteen paid hours a year to volunteer in the community. When we found out about re:loom, we all decided that’s where we wanted to put our Atlanta office volunteer efforts.” Fellow team member Jack Ellerin attended a building-wide recycling event that re:loom participated in. “When I saw the re:loom booth, I was intrigued by their process,” he says. “They gave a new purpose for donated, recycled fabrics, while
making a difference in the lives of their employees. I felt it was an organization we could make a difference with.” The U.S. Bank team began collecting discarded U.S. Bank t-shirts and added to them recycled clothes they brought from home to donate to re:loom. “re:loom took our donated, discarded clothing and used the fabric to make very clever ‘mug rugs,’ for coffee cups,” he says. “re:loom makes good use of our recycled clothing and excellent use of our donated time.”
Newest Member of Initiative Board Likes the Housing, Employment and Support Services of Initiative for Affordable Housing
Paul Craythorne, the newest member of the Board of Directors of Initiative for Affordable Housing, learned a lot about the Initiative programs when, “I took my entire Cinnabon Bakery team and we volunteered at the re:loom Weavehouse.” There they cut donated clothing into strips to be used by the re:loom weavers who turn them into a wide variety of highly marketable products.
“I was fascinated by the innovation of using donated clothes to create jobs for people and training them in transferable job skills while producing handmade products that are sold nationwide.
“I am drawn to and committed to helping Initiative become more successful and have others learn about their important work with helping the homeless break the cycle of poverty, because for me, leadership happens at every level, with your co-workers, your colleagues, your friends and your community. This is important to me, others have helped me and I want to be able to help others who are trying to make it but need a helping hand and support to reach their goals. Initiative provides that for lots of people through their affordable housing, social services and re:loom.”
Recently, Paul was promoted to Cinnabon’s parent company, Focus Brands, as Director of Human Resources for Business Partners. Welcome aboard Paul and congratulations.
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