On that note, let's take a look a look back at a 'CRS-blessed' year of moments and memories made by all our amazing employees.
"I had a chance to meet a father and two girls in the park while serving Thanksgiving lunch. As I learned about the father and his journey, I wanted to do something to make life a little easier for them. My family and I did some shopping and made sure their Christmas was a special one. Come to find out, they were in dire need of clothing and our kind act turned out to be a miracle." - Gabe, Support Specialist
Run the runway is a one-of-a-kind morning run to benefit Playworks Arizona, the only non-profit organization in the country to send trained, full-time coaches to low-income, urban schools, where they transform recess into a positive experience and teach valuable life skills to reduce aggression and bullying on the playground.
“It was unique and its the only race held at the Scottsdale Airport, plus its FLAT! Best run ever.” - Kristin, Marketing
“The most memorable thing for me was watching my 8-year-old son run the entire 5k race and how many people were encouraging him and cheering him on. My husband said that everyone they passed talked to him and cheered him on and he loved every minute of it. We are definitely going to do the event again next year!” - Corinne, Collections Specialisthttp://runtherunwayaz.com/ http://www.playworks.org/arizona/
“My car was full of toys! I was impressed with the number of gifts that I was able to take to the drop off location. It lifted my spirits!” - Judy, Marketing
At least once a quarter, we at CRS Temporary Housing make it a priority to find a worthy cause to donate our time and treasure to. We call our special
group of volunteers CRS Helping Hands. Employees are encouraged to participate, along with their families, to help these community groups in a myriad of ways.
On Saturday, April 8th, 65 CRS employees and their families, participated in the 5th Annual Run The Runway in Scottsdale, AZ. This one-of-a-kind morning run benefited Playworks Arizona, the only nonprofit organization in the country to send trained, full-time coaches to low-income, urban schools, where they transform recess and play into a positive experience that helps kids and teachers get the most out of every learning opportunity.
The beauty of this annual event is that 100% of race proceeds go to Playworks. Those funds are used to expand their reach to Arizona schools in desperate need of recess and the learning of conflict resolution to help end bullying.www.playworks.org/communities/arizona
CRS Helping Hands volunteers spent a day in December at the André House, a ministry to the homeless and poor populations of the Phoenix area. Volunteers sorted donated clothing, helped guests select free apparel from the Andre House Clothing Closet and prepared a full dinner for 600 people.
In August, our school supplies drive collected over 2,000 items for nearby Larkspur Elementary School in Phoenix. That gift of supplies, along with a financial donation, helped to jump-start the 2016 school year for the students at Larkspur.
CRS Helping Hands June event was packing emergency food boxes with non-perishable items, sorting food and repacking bulk produce. Our efforts greatly helped St. Mary’s goal to provide more than 250,000 meals each day to those in our community who need their help the most.
Over a weekend in April, members of CRS Helping Hands helped make blankets for the sweet fur babies at the Arizona Humane Society and even gave a few forever homes.
Take a moment to think about you love to do and how you can share your time and passion to help someone in need. Whatever your motivation, whether to share a skill, get to know a community or to learn something new, know that both you and the recipient will benefit from your gracious actions. National volunteer week is coming up April 23 – 29, so get out there and make a difference!