Because we believe that strong, healthy, and unified communities make for a better world.
Friday June 20th, 2014
Staten Island, New York
NYC Habitat Site Build
When we arrived at the Staten Island Habitat build site, Sarah Fox Tracy of Habitat for Humanity NYC treated Cabot attendees, Roberta MacDonald and Michelle Silver to a tour of several homes currently under renovation. It was hard to imagine the 20 foot wave she told us Hurricane Sandy had brought crashing down upon this quiet neighborhood. Visiting the various home sites, we met volunteers busy at work constructing walls and painting ceilings under the expert tutelage of AmeriCorps site leaders. At our second stop we were fortunate enough to meet one of the homeowners, who insisted we sample cherries from one of several varieties of fruit trees growing in his front yard. They were delicious!
When lunchtime came, all volunteers converged on our Farmers Gratitude Grill for a fortifying meal of Pimento Grilled Cheese sandwiches, made and served by our tireless grille team, Chef Jimmy Kennedy, Mark Hackett and Cindy Stoker. Lunchtime conversation flowed between explanations of Cabot’s Reward Volunteer app, through which volunteers can log hours and earn rewards for themselves and their organizations, the upcoming Community Tour Finale scheduled for the next day in NYC, and stories from first-time volunteers about the amazing experiences they were having. Many were excited about the newly acquired skills they would be taking away from their experience. And of course, samples of Cabot’s new Legacy line were shared, leaving many tasters hard pressed to choose a favorite! The overall consensus? More sampling would be necessary in order to decide!
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.