Ways to Get Involved with Catholic Charities of Arlington: An Example of Corporate Charitable Stewardship
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington benefits greatly from the support of many corporations. One such corporation, Able Moving & Storage, Inc., has been an exemplary partner.
Providing professional growth for employees:
Able Moving & Storage has been working with Catholic Charities’ Hogar Immigrant Services program to provide industry-specific English classes for many of its entry-level employees. Hogar staff designed an English curriculum that teaches Able Moving employees not only English, but job-related vocabulary and grammar. This relationship has been mutually beneficial, as Able Moving & Storage has been able to invest in its employees so they can grow professionally within the company and be eligible for promotions that may arise. Catholic Charities has been able to expand its learner base to provide much-needed English classes to even more immigrants in need.
Promoting workplace safety at Catholic Charities warehouses:
As a result of these initial classes, Able Moving & Storage and Catholic Charities have since strengthened their partnership further. When Catholic Charities’ Migration and Refugee Services program opened up a warehouse to store donated goods for refugee homes in Manassas, Able Moving & Storage donated and installed warehouse shelving, free of charge. Able Moving & Storage employees also trained Migration and Refugee Services staff and volunteers on proper lifting and packing procedures to ensure workplace safety while in the warehouse.
Supporting Catholic Charities’ efforts in the community:
In addition, Able Moving & Storage currently provides Catholic Charities with free additional storage space in their own warehouse, located in Manassas, as the increase in supply of furniture and household goods for refugees exceeded Catholic Charities’ available space. Able Moving & Storage has most recently committed to assisting Migration and Refugee Services once a month with moving newly-arrived refugees into their homes. Able Moving & Storage is donating one of its moving vans and a professional moving crew once every month so that Catholic Charities can move all the necessary furniture and household goods into refugee homes more efficiently.
As a result of this partnership, Catholic Charities is exploring additional classes to offer Able Moving & Storage employees, such as Spanish classes for Able Moving & Storage managers. Able Moving & Storage has also become the preferred vendor of Catholic Charities. Additionally, Able Moving & Storage will attend a Catholic Charities hosted Job Fair on April 28th, 2018 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Alexandria.
Through corporate partnerships, Catholic Charities is able to serve more individuals in need throughout our Diocese.
Do you own a business? Or does your employer host employee service days? Interested in learning more about ways to partner with Catholic Charities? Please reach out to Brooke Hammond Pérez, Director of Newcomer Services at Catholic Charities, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.