CBM Principal Jane Ochsman Rowny launched an initiative in March that took advantage of the current at-home environment all staff have found themselves in and to help the local community in the process. She asked staff to donate to their favorite local charities by cleaning out their closets, drawers, shelves or garages of items they no longer need. The idea was sparked by Jane’s wish to alleviate some of the hardships experienced by those around the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jane stated “It feels good to know we are making a difference in the lives of others by giving our unused items to those in need and to charities who rely on sale of the donated goods to fund their vital programs”.
The initiative began with a goal of reaching 100 donations by December 31, 2020 but was officially met on September 14th with Senior Accountant Rosemary Marchese donating 6 boxes to Vietnam Veterans of America. To date, CBM staff have collectively donated over 200 boxes – more than doubling our initial goal.
This initiative would not be possible without the generosity of our staff coming together to help those in need. The charities that CBM staff have donated to are as follows: The Salvation Army, GoodWill, Vietnam Veterans of America, Planet Aid, Arc of Montgomery County, Interfaith Works, Prevention of Blindness Foundation, Purple Heart Foundation, AMVets Foundation, the Lutheran Home and local DMV shelters. To learn more about the specific charities, please click the links associated with them to visit their websites.
See below for images of the items and bags that staff members donated to support the initiative.
Click here to read about other charitable activities CBM team members have led to support the not-for-profit community and celebrate our 100th anniversary.