“Those that can do, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.” We at Catholic Charities couldn’t agree more with this statement. As residents and administrative staff continue to move into Catholic Charities at Elliot Park, we want to take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate the support given to us by corporate volunteer groups from U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.
For the last several weeks, groups of volunteers from these organizations have stepped out of day-to-day professional roles to help with everything from cleaning rooms and making beds to assembling “Welcome Home” baskets and providing orientations to those moving into Endeavors Residence. The residents are single adults who have experienced homelessness, veterans, and people with complex medical conditions. Volunteers all expressed the pride they feel in supporting their community and appreciation for their companies allowing them the time to do so.
Both U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo not only allow employees to take time to volunteer, but they also encourage it. “It means a lot to me to work for a company that prioritizes volunteering within the community,” said Teresa Jordahl, Assistant Vice President, Debt & Equity Senior Asset Manager with U.S. Bancorp and a longtime Catholic Charities volunteer. “Even further, Catholic Charities is a client of ours. We are an investor in this building, and it really brings us full circle to be able to personally support the opening and helping to move residents in.”
This was not an isolated sentiment. As Kelly Webster and Berit Allar from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation cleaned the bright and beautiful rooms, they remembered the last time they’d been in the building and needed hard hats—they were amazed at how far it had come! Both were grateful to see firsthand the work the foundation supports and were humbled to be involved in such a life-changing project.
There are always a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at Catholic Charities. Whether you’re interested in volunteering as an individual, giving back as a family, or getting involved with a group from work, there’s an option for everyone. Please visit the volunteer page to learn more!