On a recent Friday morning, 20 dedicated volunteers from Deloitte’s Orange County office descended on Casa Youth Shelter. It was no vacation day, however; everyone arrived ready to work.
Previously, a connection between a Deloitte senior manager and our Executive Director Robin Sinclair, opened the door to Casa Youth Shelter becoming a participant in Deloitte’s annual day of service, Impact Day.
It was the Casa Youth Shelter mission that won them over: “Anything that’s about helping youth, education, giving them new beginnings, I love all that,” says Sumit Misra, a Project Controller for Deloitte Consulting and third-year Impact Day volunteer. The team appreciated that Casa Youth Shelter has a broader reach within greater Los Angeles and Orange County, rather than, for instance, facilitating an event that affects only a small portion of a local community.
As it can happen with any do-it-yourself project, there were a couple surprises early in the day. “Unfortunately, we ended up being a little shorthanded,” Misra says, “and we realized right away that we were going to need more stain, more varnish…and more time.”
“But those of us who were here had a great attitude, and were flexible and determined to get the job done and see it through. No one stood around with nothing to do, no one kept checking the clock.”
Some volunteers stayed behind to continue sanding and staining our dining room furniture, while others made frequent trips to a local building supply store to replenish the materials. “No one took a break” Misra said. In fact, some of the volunteers even helped promote our mission: one of the cashiers at the building supply store remarked that they’d seen quite a few of the same light gray Deloitte Impact Day t-shirts that morning, and volunteers took that opportunity to explain what they were up to, and what Casa Youth Shelter is all about.
The end result—a freshly painted rec room and refinished dining room furniture—speaks for itself. Everything looks beautiful.
Misra remarked that, toward the end of the day, as volunteers were applying some finishing touches, a few of the residents spotted them working. “They were curious and really excited,” he says. “I hope the kids loved what we did and take full advantage of it.”
Impact Day celebrates Deloitte’s year-round commitment to making an impact that matters in the communities where we live and work. In 2015, more than 980 community service projects were locally coordinated by Deloitte employees based on the specific needs of more than 80 communities where Deloitte has US offices. Deloitte’s community service on Impact Day—and every day—focuses on helping undervalued talent reach their full potential, particularly through youth education and programs supporting veterans transitioning to civilian careers.
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