Based on the positive experiences of volunteering and helping others at the end of 2020, SIMOS Solutions introduces SIMOS CARES, a new volunteer and community outreach program that aims to bring the values of connecting people and work and the enjoyment of grassroots and established volunteerism to the communities it serves.
An acronym, SIMOS CARES stands for Community Advocate Resources Embracing Service and goes beyond recruiting and connecting with people to help give back, contribute and help within local communities across the 20 states SIMOS Solutions offers services in.
“The goal is to lead by example and prompt others to give back as well,” said Executive Director of Operations Teryna Scheile, who conceived the group after working on a project of her own last year that collected teddy bears for children in a hospital in Dallas. “It encourages hope and growth and helps the community in a more substantial way.”
SIMOS recruiters and SIMOS teams across the country have been busy helping out under the SIMOS CARES banner including:
- Sherlyn Hume partnered with the Missouri Career Center in Springfield, Mo., to prepare hygiene packets and solicit donations of interview clothing items to donate to their job closet.
- In Tennessee, Linda Taylor is “sacking hunger” with a Brown Bag Meal Delivery and Job Coaching service.
- Kyla Miller in West Virginia volunteers and partners with Soldier Angels, gathering socks for the Keep Soldiers Feet Warm project. She also collects donations and volunteers at the food pantry.
- SIMOS’ team in Georgia volunteers at the County Soup Kitchen, made goodie bags for the Tornado Victims of Newnan, Ga., and partnered with the Lutheran Services Drive Through Food Pantry on April 16.
- Jamie Pledge in Tennessee is working with F.A.T.H.E.R.S, an organization providing remodeling and other handyman services, to collect basic handyman product donations such as paint, caulk, paint brushes, hammers, nails, screws, tools, plastic, tape and floor wax and soliciting volunteers to help with remodeling projects.
- Timone Robinson and Euri Nolasco are working with Sister Reach, an outreach organization empowering women and teens of color, poverty or LGBTQIA and their families to lead healthy and sustainable lives through education, policy, advocacy, cultural shift and harm reduction.
- The SIMOS team in Hebron, Ky., held job fairs on successive Wednesdays in March and April at the Kenton County Park in Independence, Ky. At the SIEOC in Aurora, Ind., on April 9 and April 16, the team helped load cars at the local food pantry and set up a table to let people know about open jobs. The team also made prize baskets at the client sites for SIMOS’ associate referral program and volunteered to do project work for local veterans through The Barracks Project.
- Susan Yoakam volunteered at Chopin Hall in Findlay, Ohio, helping the organization with its mission of getting food into the hands of people in-need in Findlay.
That’s just the beginning of SIMOS CARES’ work in 2021. If you’d like to help or have an organization that’s looking for volunteers, let us know.
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