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Wednesday May 21st, 2014
Hinesville & Savannah, Georgia

Fairfield Inn Hosts Cabot Cyclists’ Send-Off Breakfast and Food Drive & Tree Mulching and Volunteer Appreciation

Send-Off Breakfast & Food Drive
Hinesville, Georgia

The Tour continued to Savannah to the Fairfield Inn & Suites Hinesville Fort Stewart where Cathy and Myron presented a ‘Spirit to Serve’ award to Ashley Blocker for the exceptionally good guest service she provides as part of the housekeeping department. They told stories and answered questions. So much food was collected, including over 100 pounds of peanut butter. Guardians in Action could not attend but sent a large donation. Manna House was very grateful for the peanut butter and cheese. The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce attended and took some video – look for it on YouTube soon.

Tree mulching & Volunteer Appreciation
Savannah, Georgia

The Savannah Bicycle Campaign, the Coastal Georgia Greenway and The Savannah Tree Foundation welcomed the Tour in the afternoon. The community garden we visited was built at the site of the West Broad Street YMCA, where the Foundation planted fruit trees and saved a massive, 150 year old moss-covered oak. The oak is a signature tree at the YMCA, which was built after World War II. The history of the YMCA is really special because it was built to serve as a USO for Black soldiers who were denied USO access in Savannah. After the war, it was chartered with YMCA of the USA to “serve people of color in Savannah” and now serves all people of Savannah. The history lives on through the people who serve this community and these wonderful organizations.

The hard-working and friendly mood of this event carried into the volunteer appreciation dinner yesterday evening which featured Garden Fresh Tomato Basil Mac and Cheese, a green salad, and crudité with Cabot Greek Yogurt Pesto Dip and Cabot Greek Yogurt Barbecue Dip.

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.

Note: Edited 5/23/14 to include the name of the Spirit to Serve Award winner.

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