Two Green Thumbs Up For Met Council Staff
Met Council launched a new initiative, called Employee Impact Day, in which staff members were given the opportunity to volunteer at an array of programs within the agency and participate in team building exercisers with other Met Council employees. For the inaugural event, staff members spent the morning sprucing up the garden of Met Council’s Linda & Jerome Spitzer Residence, an affordable housing site for seniors in Manhattan.
The volunteers - from many different departments - weeded, planted and trimmed plants in order to improve the garden. They used this opportunity to not only learn more about Met Council, but also learn more about each other.
Their work was overseen by the building’s Garden Club president. Joy was palpable as the president’s vision of the garden came to life right before his eyes.
Met Council Expands Its Camp Scholarship Fund To $25,000
This year, Met Council expanded its scholarship fund to enable 60 children to attend summer camp. Families from Boro Park, Flatbush, Crown Heights, Coney Island, Marine Park, the Rockaways, Forest Hills and Williamsburg benefitted from this year’s camp scholarships.
Through Lizzy and Bryce Markus’ generosity, Met Council is providing camp scholarships to 60 children from families living below 300% of the poverty level, which is $71,550 for a family of four. The families selected the camp their child is attending.
“Our social service programs are designed to aid, sustain and empower poor and near-poor New Yorkers,” said Met Council CEO and Executive Director, David M. Frankel. “This year’s camp scholarship fund will aid families in meeting their childcare needs, sustain the children’s growth and development during the summer months, and empower them to gain confidence and learn new skills in a safe a nurturing environment. We thank the extraordinary generosity of the Markus family as well as the staff at Boro Park JCC, COJO Flatbush, Crown Heights JCC, JCC of Greater Coney Island, JCC of Marine Park, JCC of the Rockaway Peninsula, Queens JCC and UJO Williamsburg, who worked with us to select deserving families.”
Met Council Partners With The Constant Professional To Best Assist Clients In The Job Search Process
Met Council hosted The Constant Professional, a dynamic career counseling service, to teach volunteers how to create a strong and professional profile and enable them to share those methods with Met Council clients.
The Constant Professional workshop is one of over 180 career workshops that Met Council hosts each year. These workshops are designed to empower our clients to get and keep the jobs they want, allowing them to be self-sufficient. Finding stable employment is one of the ways Met Council assists clients reach economic independence.
The volunteers at the workshop are members of Met Council’s MVP group, which provides young professionals an opportunity to be socially and philanthropically engaged in the fight against poverty.
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Hillside House Children Were Given A Chance To See Through A Different Lens
The children at Met Council’s Hillside House, a transitional shelter for homeless families, were selected to participate in an inspiring program called “Pictures of Hope”. Photojournalist Linda Solomon taught the children how to capture their dreams through photography. The participants were then encouraged to write down their dreams, photograph them, and share them. These immortalized dreams will appear on greeting cards which will be sold during the holidays. Proceeds will benefit Met Council’s programs.