April is volunteer month and if you know about Cabot, you know volunteerism is close to our hearts. Many of the farm families who own Cabot live in rural areas where people are needed to serve on volunteer school boards and fire departments. Local events and community activities from parades to food drives are often the work of engaged volunteers.
Our farmers appreciate the value of volunteerism and established the Cabot Department of Gratitude to honor, thank, and reward volunteers in unique and fun ways. One way is through the Farmers’ Gratitude Grille, a traveling food truck that dishes out grilled cheese at each stop. The Grille’s mission is simple: provide a free meal for hungry volunteers as a thank you from the farmers for their service.
The Grille has served dozens at local community volunteer events, hundreds at big city clean ups, and even thousands like when it partnered with Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Work Project. The Grille spends much of its time on the east coast and you can actually book it to come to your next volunteer event!
April also marks another year of our Reward Volunteers program which launched in 2012. The program allows volunteers to log their time and win money for their local non-profit. With the help of partners like CoBank, we gave away $18,000 to non-profits in the last year. We had some very deserving winners, including a volunteer ambulance crew in Vermont, that bought additional gear they previously didn’t have the budget for.
In North Carolina, a food pantry used there cash prize to replace a failing floor. All thanks to their volunteers logging time. This April alone Cabot, along with our partner National Cooperative Bank, will be giving away $3,000 to non-profits who have had volunteers log time!
These programs make up the heart of Cabot. We realize the power of volunteers. People taking time to give back no matter how small the moment, can add up to big change. It is often thankless work. The farm families of Cabot hope showing gratitude to volunteers will inspire more people to become engaged with the community around them.
If there was ever a month start volunteering or logging your time to benefit your non-profit, it’s April. Spring is here, volunteers are needed, and Cabot is standing by to show our farmers’ gratitude for all the good being created through small acts of kindness and compassion. So, time to get started! Not sure what type of volunteer you are? Take our quick quiz to find out. Not sure where to volunteers? You can even find an opportunities near you right within Reward Volunteers.