October 27, 2015
Whole Foods Markets Donates Over $14,000 to Cambridge School Volunteers
The Cambridge Whole Foods Markets donated $14,244 to Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) on Tuesday, October 27th at 3:00 pm, during a check presentation ceremony at the Whole Foods Market on Prospect Street in Cambridge. The donation represents 5 percent of the sales from the three Whole Foods Cambridge locations during last month’s “5% Day” organized on behalf of CSV, whose representatives greeted shoppers and recruited volunteers at the Prospect Street, River Street, and Fresh Pond stores.
Jennifer Fries, Executive Director of Cambridge School Volunteers, observed, “What a huge difference that Whole Foods has made in support of our work connecting young people in our public schools with tutors and mentors from the local community.” Each year, CSV matches close to 1,000 volunteers as tutors and mentors with some 1200 Cambridge students in an array of in-school programs—ranging from early literacy, math, and “Reading Buddies” in the twelve Cambridge elementary schools; to middle school tutoring and seventh-grade “NetPals,” where volunteers from some of Cambridge’s leading biotech and pharmaceutical firms introduce students to STEM subject areas; to the Tutoring Center and the “College-Readiness” program at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. Fries said, “As CSV prepares to celebrate our 50th anniversary as an independent nonprofit, we are thrilled to have the support of so many corporations, foundations, and individuals, along with the Cambridge School Department, and now Whole Foods Markets as well.”
Holly Donaldson, a member of the organization’s Board of Directors, who is also a CSV tutor and whose own children have benefited from the nonprofit’s NetPals mentorship, credits the one-on-one relationships between each volunteer and student as the key to the nonprofit’s success. “CSV succeeds in making a difference in the lives of both the children we serve and the volunteers themselves by creating a ‘win-win’ for everyone. Our collaboration with Whole Foods represents a perfect intersection of missions—where Whole Foods extends its support of the local community and CSV continues to build community through the relationships it forges between caring adults and Cambridge public school students.”
Matthew Keller, Marketing Team Leader and Community Liaison at Whole Foods, said, “Whole Foods is delighted to forge this new partnership with Cambridge School Volunteers. We look forward to seeing how this one-day donation helps CSV to reach more and more students and to make an even greater difference in the Cambridge community during the upcoming year.”
Whole Foods Prospect Street offered storewide sampling for all who attend the ceremony on the afternoon of Tuesday the 27th. Immediately following the presentation, Cambridge School Volunteers hosted an information table to invite individuals to join their endeavor, to share program details, and to speak about the organization’s life-changing work.