The Bowery Mission
In Q3 2019, we are able to successfully launch the Corporate Social Responsibility initiative for the New York office. After considering multiple organizations in the area, we have partnered with the Bowery Mission, a nonprofit established in 1879 to address the needs of homeless persons in New York City. The Bowery Mission works with the homeless to serve their short term necessities such as food, medical care, and shelter, but also to address longer term needs such as developing the skills needed to find and keep employment. Furthermore, the Bowery Mission supports other events specifically focused on homeless women, which includes a support group, and children, which involves a summer camp outside of New York City.
Given Delta CSR’s Q3 initiative to help “people with needs” the Bowery Mission was a natural group to partner with. On September 6, fourteen members of the New York office went to the Bowery Mission Soup Kitchen after work to help serve dinner to over one thousand homeless persons in the city. Deltas worked on the cafeteria line to serve food onto trays, in the kitchen to prepare food and clean dishes, and in the dining room to clean up trays and simply speak with diners. For us, the biggest takeaway was the importance of these small conversations that we had with the guests. While people certainly appreciated the meal they were receiving, they especially appreciated the simple conversations and general respect that the Delta team offered. A simple “how’s it going?” was enough to strike up a conversation and make’s someone day, as it reminded both the Deltas and those homeless that they have the right to be treated with respect.
As a follow up to our Soup Kitchen event, on September 13 the Delta Partners CSR team hosted a Lunch and Learn at our New York office. At the Lunch and Learn Blair Nordby, Development Officer at the Bowery Mission, presented on history of the organization and discussed the current state of homelessness in New York City. The entire New York Office took the time to listen to Blair’s presentation and discuss ways that Delta Partners can continue to stay involved with the Bowery Mission going forward. Thanks to the CSR leadership, the New York CSR team was able to provide pizza for the Lunch and Learn, as well as make a $1,000 donation to the Bowery Mission.
The New York CSR team sees opportunity to partner with the Bowery Mission for future events and initiatives. For example, current ideas for Q4 events are to host a Thanksgiving food drive to provide meals during the busy holiday season, or a Christmas toy drive to give gifts to children living in poverty. While the quarterly CSR initiative may change, the Bowery Mission has a variety of programs that Delta Partners can assist with. And as relatively new residents to New York, we believe that focusing on such a New York-specific issue like homelessness is a productive way for Delta Partners to better understand and give back to the New York community.
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