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Sunday June 1st, 2014
Raleigh & Durham, North Carolina

North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union Sendoff Breakfast & Habitat for Humanity of Durham Celebrates Volunteerism

North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union hosted a breakfast for the 2014 Cabot Community Tour Sunday morning. The outside event took place at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Nature Research Center in Raleigh, NC in the area between the SECU Daily Planet (the big outside globe) and the Daily Planet Café. A breakfast of bagels, fresh fruit, yogurt and some delicious Cabot Cheese was served.

Habitat for Humanity of Durham Celebrates Volunteerism Event

The reception at the Kings Daughters Inn truly embodied the Cabot Community Tour vision: it was, quite simply, a love fest, as we gathered to celebrate Durham Habitat’s Volunteer Committee which organizes their fundraising bike ride, Bull Moon Ride and Run and our Community Tour partner, the East Coast Greenway, which is headquartered in Durham.

The King’s Daughters Inn owners Deanna and Colin Crossman are strong Durham Habitat supporters. They opened their historic and sustainable Inn to us, while Cabot Chef Jimmy Kennedy and his assistants, Kim Abbott and Cindy Stoker, served up delectable appetizers and, of course, the World’ Best Cheddar from the Farmers Gratitude Grille.

Durham Habitat Development Director Roxanne Hall Little, introduced new homeowners Derrick and Susan, whose heartfelt comments moved us all, and reminded us of why we ground ourselves in this work.

Also on hand was Blake Strayhorn, Durham Habitat Executive Director who acknowledged the importance of B Corps, of which Cabot is a proud representative.

East Coast Greenway Executive Director, Dennis Markatos-Soriano, also thanked Cabot and acknowledged Niles Barnes, the Greenway’s South Atlantic Coordinator and an integral part of the evening’s celebration.

Jo Sabel Courtney from Cabot, called attention to the display inviting volunteers to sign up for Cabot’s Reward Volunteers program, which tracks volunteer time and earns rewards.

Myron and Cathy Skott, our cyclist ambassadors spoke about the importance of their participation and invited cyclists to join them on the Tuesday, June 3, ride-out.

Durham resident Pat James ended our brief comments by describing how, since becoming a Cabot Celebrity in 2012, her Durham Parks and Rec Baseball Program has made great progress. She proudly announced that she is meeting with Durham Bulls president Jim Goodman and, fingers crossed, she’ll receive more funding.

We were tipped off that Pat’s birthday is June 3, so we ended by singing “Happy Birthday”—more celebrating!

About the Tour

The 2014 Cabot Community Tour is a celebration of the work of cooperatives, service organizations, and volunteers and honors our 1200 farm family owners’ three most cherished principals: Cooperatives, Community and Volunteerism. From May 17 through June 21, the Tour is following a route along the East Coast Greenway, stopping at cities and towns along the way, meeting with organizations and their volunteers and honoring the work that goes into making a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable community.

Supporting the tour is the Farmers’ Gratitude Grille, a traveling kitchen conceived by the farm families who own Cabot. Cabot chefs prepare healthy, delicious meals as a way of thanking those who generously give their time to others in their communities.

Our farmers understand the value of volunteerism, and how donating time and services make communities stronger and healthier. Interested volunteers who can’t join us on the Cabot Community Tour can still get involved by visiting the Reward Volunteers website, and downloading the free Reward Volunteers iPhone app, or using the online web widget. Reward Volunteers is a free, easy way to track the time you spend volunteering in your community – and to earn rewards for yourself and the organizations you serve.

The 2014 Community Tour was created by Cabot Creamery Cooperative and its fellow sponsors and supporters, including: AARP Create the Good, East Coast Greenway, HandsOn Network, Marriott, National Life Group, and local affiliates of Habitat for Humanity.

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