Volunteerism, MLK Day of Service, and Serving Up Gratitude

Each year, the MLK Day of Service unites volunteers across the country in using the power of community service to help others and help find solutions social issues we face. The day honors and works to further the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, who once said:

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?

For the farm families of the Cabot Creamery Co-operative, the idea of helping others is woven into the fabric of their daily lives. Whether as a volunteer firefighter, a youth sports coach, or helping deliver food to those in need through Meals on Wheels, Cabot farmers are committed to the rural communities where they work and live.

A well-fed volunteer, is a happy volunteer. Keep volunteers happy with these simple recipes for large groups! Click To Tweet

These values led to the creation of Cabot’s Department of Gratitude, which honors and thanks volunteers who are working to make their communities brighter places. There are many programs in the Department of Gratitude that you can check out, take part in, and even help Cabot with in coordinating events with your non-profit.

Along the way, Cabot and our farm family owners have learned a thing or two about volunteerism. One is just how beneficial it can be to your health. We have also learned just how many volunteer opportunities are out there. Regardless of where you live or what you are passionate about – there are opportunities abound to help others.

We have worked with many non-profits both large and small. They almost all mention that in order to keep volunteers coming back to support the organization week after week, you need to keep them HAPPY. That can be as simple as saying thank you, but there may just be another way to a volunteer’s heart – FOOD.

As you volunteer with your non-profit, whether alongside friends, family, or co-workers this MLK Day of Service and beyond, keep yourselves charged up with a Big Dish Recipe. These easy recipes for large groups were developed with feeding volunteers in mind. Not only will they keep bellies full, they serve as a great way to show gratitude for the good work being done. Here are a few examples of Big dishes featuring Cabot’s CEO Ed Townley, who is a volunteer in his local community:



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We hope MLK Day of Service further inspires you to help others. Acts of good can be as small as shoveling somebody’s snowy driveway, as large as helping build a house for a family in need, or everything in between. No act is too small. It’s the cumulative effect of all volunteers, that changes local communities for the better. Acting locally creates a groundswell that can lead to true global change. We all must do our part.

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