“It's easy to get caught up in the "busy" life, but through the work we do for ECS I get a new perspective on life about what really matters--connecting and helping real people,” explained HORN Senior Account Executive, Caitlin Regan.
When the HORN San Francisco office set out to find a cause they we could all support and make a realistic commitment to volunteering on a regular basis, they found the opportunity to do charitable work for the homeless with the Episcopal Community Services Program (ECS).
In early May, the HORN SF office kicked off their volunteer efforts serving dinner to over 200 people over the course of two nights. Almost the entire office turned out to chop food, serve meals, and help clean the dining room afterwards. The intention is to make this an ongoing effort with plans for the group to volunteer every fourth Thursday of every month.
The ECS is the largest homeless provider in San Francisco, serving a population of about 14,000 people, hosting 11 sites, including two of the largest homeless shelters in the city. Beyond shelter and food they provide housing assistance, addiction support and money management counseling, and basic education, including a GED program, as well as their culinary institute.
A few words on their experience from some of HORN’s volunteers:
We often take the words "Thank You" for granted. During my volunteer experience, those words meant so much to me because for the people we were serving those words meant so much more. Their "Thank You" was the most genuine and sincere response of gratitude I've felt. The experience changes your perspective about what is most important in your life. - Vera Wang
It is so easy to get caught up in the trivial details of day-to-day life. Volunteering with ECS was a humbling reminder that there is always time in our lives for being of service to others. It is not until we look beyond ourselves that we truly begin to understand the world around us— and where we fit in the puzzle. - Reem Ateyeh