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!