(Oswald Companies’ Ann Roshak and Lisa Pape present Pope Francis Center staffer John Fitzgerald with a few of the fleece blankets they and their co-workers made).
Seemingly overnight, just about every facet of American life has changed. Amidst a global pandemic, schools and non-essential businesses have closed. Everyone who can work from home is doing that. This year there won’t be proms or graduations, and even weddings have been postponed.
For Oswald Companies, health concerns have meant pausing their monthly volunteer efforts at Detroit’s Pope Francis Center for the homeless and underserved.
“This is an incredibly hard time for the people in our community without shelter, proper nutrition, medical care, or access to good hygiene,” says Cathy Kosin, Senior Vice President, local Market Leader. “It creates a real paradox. In the face of this dire need for support, we have to tell our folks to stay home.”
Fortunately, Oswald’s commitment to the community is not only rooted in acts of service.
Just as the pandemic hit, the company learned they had won a Make More Happen Award from Liberty Mutual/Safeco Insurance. The award means a $10,000 check for Pope Francis Center and translates into 11,200 meals to feed the center’s guests for a month.
Oswald Companies wants to pay its spirit of community forward to offset the increasing challenges brought on by the current world situation. We will select one individual, nonprofit organization or small business that shares the same commitment to making a difference.
Oswald will celebrate the winner by donating to the deserving charitable cause of their choice.
“We advocate spreading the halo effect that makes us all happier, more productive corporate citizens,” Kosin said.
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