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Civil rights inspiration for multi-volunteering

10 Feb 2017

Philadelphians’ commitment to their community is impressive. The city boasts the largest Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Day event in the country, with more than 140,000 volunteers participating in over 1,800 service projects in last year’s Day of Service.

Now in its 22nd year, MLK Day 2017 prompted Macquarie’s Philadelphia employees to support three charities across four locations in their city.

As well as raising more than $2,000 to be shared among the charities, their contribution included handiwork undertaken at a residence managed by JEVS Human Services, shopping and preparing “grab and go” breakfast for residents at the local Ronald McDonald House, and painting a facility at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts.

A representative of the Clef Club thanked the Macquarie volunteers for their work, saying the Club now has “a beautiful space to teach music lessons to hundreds of students throughout the year”.

Macquarie employee Toni Robbins, who volunteered at Ronald McDonald House described the day as “memorable”, while Ross Rutman, who volunteered at JEVS Human Services, said he also got a lot out of the service. “It seemed to me that the people living at the homes had a rewarding experience but after speaking with all the participants it was us that had our days made,” he said.

Image caption: From left: Employees Stuart George, Carla Watts and her son Cameron, Meco Sparks and Richard Biester volunteered their time at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts where they painted music studios.