We’ve Got Spirit!

Each September we have CCAH’s annual spirit week: a fun-filled week including to-order omelets, relaxing chair massages, an amazing day of service, and so much more!

Each day had its own treats and surprises in addition to our weeklong, office-wide “secret pal” game, where those who participated gave and received little gifts throughout the week and had their gift-giver revealed face-to-face at our Thursday happy hour … it was such a fun way to get to know our fellow coworkers!

Monday

We were greeted with an omelet chef upgrading our Monday morning breakfast and delighting staff with fancy flips on all our custom orders!

We also had an epic scavenger hunt in place of our weekly all-staff meeting where we were challenged to recreate funny photos and take a field trip to the Subway up the street.

Tuesday

It was ice cream day! This fun treat was a great way to beat the heat at the end of summer and gather with coworkers who we don’t usually get to see. We also kicked off our Office Decorating Competition, where teams worked together to come up with a theme and impress the judges with their creativity.

Wednesday

For our annual day of service—read all about it here if you missed it last week—we are proud to have packed 192 boxes ourselves, which will help #endseniorhunger by feeding seniors in need right here in the DC metro area and add to the over #1millionmeals packed this year! Before we left, we were also treated to an in-office lunch.

Thursday

CCAH brought professional masseuses into the office offering ten-minute massages for a little relaxation between meetings. Always a big hit, the two masseuses were booked all day!

The Office Decorating Competition judging also happened Thursday so that we could award the winners their prizes at Closing Ceremonies, also known as company happy hour that night.

And these teams did not disappoint in their decorations. There were competing shrines to Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber as two superfans convinced their teams to take part in their fanaticism. Taylor Swift’s team was passing out crowns, while Justin Bieber’s was playing a soundtrack of his greatest hits—just what the rest of the office wanted to hear as they were starting to wind down their Thursdays… 

One team turned their office into an exclusive club, Club Polo, complete with light up signs and their very own bouncer. The club rules included polo shirts, flip flops, and diet coke, after their fearless leader, Jenny Allen.

One team created an interactive caption contest, inviting the office to take part and come up with their funniest jokes.

And another team turned the entire office into Candy Land, even taping down construction paper game spaces along the hallways between the various offices they spanned. 

At happy hour, employees were recognized—from buttons for those celebrating their first spirit weeks; plaques for those celebrating two years; and CCAH swag gifts for the class of 2018 and those working here for five, ten, fifteen, and twenty years.

Sunny Matani received the coveted CCAH Spirit Award for going above and beyond for his coworkers, always ready with a joke to lift someone’s spirits. The Spirit Committee judges determined that they could not possibly have chosen a winner for room decorating, but with award names like Biggest Fan (for the Taylor Swift team) and Most Likely to Visit the Dentist (for turning our office into Candyland), it was clear that everyone was a winner!

Friday

After a long week full of great quality time spent with coworkers, everyone was ready for the weekend. We held a company continental breakfast—fruit, croissants, donuts, and bagels—and our “Buck-Up” happy hour in the kitchen and, like every Friday, closed another wonderful week at CCAH.

 

Now we are back to work, refreshed and ready to take on Q4 and another full year of doing great work for all our amazing clients! 

CCAH Day of Service

READY. SET. PACK! Yesterday, on Wednesday, September 11th 2019, practically the entire CCAH staff could be spotted among a sea of 3,000 red t-shirts working alongside long-time client AARP to pack more than 1 million meals for hungry seniors. With a DJ playing hits, ‘celebrity’ appearances, delicious snow cones for volunteers, and an electrifying energy in the air, the event could be easily mistaken for a party; proving that service can be – and is – EXCITING!

CCAH was particularly excited to join AARP for the 5th year in a row, this year packing 192 boxes! And while many of us around the office enjoyed adding a competitive edge to the day, challenging one another’s teams to see who would pack the most boxes of meals, our motivation for the day of service goes far beyond dancing to the music and the friendly competition. AARP’s Day of service is our favorite way to mark September 11th by giving back to the community. This event is just one stop on AARP’s summer of service series – they have stops all over the country, bringing together communities to make an even bigger impact for seniors.

As the number of seniors in our country increases, so does the rate of seniors at risk for hunger. More than 10 million older adults are at risk of hunger every day, many right here in the DMV area. The more than 1 million meals packed by volunteers this week went directly to hungry seniors in Washington DC. A day of “work” simply scooping, measuring, and packaging meals (depending on your position on the assembly line) will directly impact members of our community, and we think that’s AWESOME.

Thanks to AARP for inviting us to participate once again to work towards a future without senior poverty!