November 01, 2018
October 27th marked “Make A Difference Day” — one of the nation’s largest annual single-days of service. Since 1992, Make A Difference Day has inspired hundreds of thousands of volunteers to give back in their local communities. E&S Ring Management has made it a core mission to celebrate the power of people to make a difference and help others “Live Well.” As a company, we support several charitable organizations through organized volunteer work and donations — but we also encourage our employees to serve and get involved in their own ways. In honor of “Make a Difference Day,” we would like to highlight four employees who have recently set examples for volunteering in their local communities. We’re incredibly proud of the work they have done, and continue to do. Their simple acts of service are a reminder that, together, we can all make a positive impact on people’s lives.
Anne, who works at Marina Harbor Apartments and Anchorage, is a self-described animal lover, artist and passionate giveback enthusiast. She has donated pet portraits to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary for the organization’s annual silent auction. She has painted walls for a local Habitat for Humanity home being built. And she has organized in 2017 a Marina Harbor-Spark of Love holiday toy drive, in conjunction with the local fire department with the agreement and permission of her General Manager, Isabel Sciommeri. “We were astounded because we received so many new toys from our generous residents,” she says. “Christian Leguizamon, our Associate Business Manager and Luis Rodriguez, our Leasing/Resident Services Specialist, transported all the toys to the Fire Department to be distributed amongst the children.”
Cynthia, who serves as an E&S Ring Property Operations Assistant in the Bay Area, recently volunteered at a local Pancake Breakfast event hosted by her sister's employer, PG&E. “I had NO idea, that this amazing space called Shepherd’s Gate even existed right here in Livermore! Shepherd’s Gate is a beautiful organization that offers not only support, but assistance with lifestyle change, career development, housing and spiritual support for women and children that are victims of domestic abuse, homelessness, and or struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol. It’s an absolute amazing facility, that receives no funding from the government — only from private donations and grants.” During the Pancake Breakfast, Cynthia says that she enjoyed making others smile and feel special — “especially when you know they’ve gone through some type of trauma or extreme hard times. It was the absolute best feeling, and so worth me giving up my personal time on a Saturday to serve and support a group of families, working towards getting their lives in order.”
Cynthia goes on to share: “What warms my heart about Shepherd’s Gate is that they’re not only a shelter helping women and children, they’re in the business of giving people the tools and resources to help themselves and their children. They are helping rebuild lives, and that’s amazing to me.”
Shepherd’s Gate was established in 1983 by AliceAnn Cantelow. That first year, AliceAnn started small: she opened up her own two-bedroom home to give shelter to families in need. But she knew more women and children still needed help. The next year, in 1984, AliceAnn purchased a larger home in Livermore with the help of a few other couples in the community. This 3-bedroom home provided women and children with up to 30 days of safe shelter. Today, Shepherd’s Gate operates a Livermore campus, providing a home for up to 25 women and children, as well as a second Residence Hall and five 2-bedroom cottages, bringing the full capacity to 70.The organization also has a 7,600 square foot campus in Brentwood, providing a home for up to 18 women and children. “I would love to see E&S Ring host an event or contribute to this lovely facility in the near future!”
Esprit Resident Specialist and animal lover Diane enjoys sharing her dog Harry with the world. Harry is part of a volunteer program at LAX Airport called the Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUP) program. The program is designed to help anxious flyers have a stress-free experience at the airport, which can be anxiety-inducing for some people. “Harry, along with his friends, are in the terminal for a max two-hour shift any given day,” Diane tells us. The program is available throughout the community, which includes hospitals, schools/colleges, farmers market and the annual LAX/Westchester 4th of July Parade where all the PUP dogs participate. Harry has been featured on National Dogs Day on the local ABC News channel and will make an appearance in the 2019 LAX PUP calendar. “We love bringing smiles to people every day,” says Diane. “Seeing the expression on people’s faces is priceless.”
As Assistant Manager at close-knit Pleasanton Glen, Tania has plenty of opportunities to connect with and support her fellow neighbors and residents. Cinco de Mayo presented her with the most recent opportunity. On Cinco De Mayo this year, she had the opportunity to volunteer for “A Day of Hope” hosted by Convoy of Hope at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. On this day, local churches, businesses, community service and health organizations provided guests with groceries, medical/dental screenings, prayer, haircuts, lunch, veteran services, music, a kids carnival, children’s shoes and career services, community services, family portraits and so much more at no cost. Because her husband is active duty and she has family members that are veterans, she was inspired to volunteer in the veteran’s booth during the event. “I had the great pleasure of meeting veterans that were in need of housing, food and medical services,” says Tania. “It’s shocking to see how many veterans go without a place to sleep, food or medical help. These men and women will die for our country and our freedom. The least we can do is connect them with services that can keep them feed, healthy and with a home of their own.” Tania says the most rewarding part about volunteering with Convoy of Hope is providing resources and comfort to our country’s vets. It also gives her the opportunity to teach her children about “the importance of giving back to our community and especially those who have served our country.”