As a company, Not Your Average Joe’s is constantly looking for different ways to give back and for new opportunities for employees to get engaged into the communities around us. During the holidays Not Your Average Joe’s partnered with The Boston Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program to give back to families.
Ebony Cotterell, our Payroll and Benefits Manager tells us in her own words what the organization means to her and how she started it all.
“During my first year with Not Your Average Joe’s in 2015, I joined the Fun Squad. The aim of the Fun Squad was to create additional opportunities for employee engagement, like establishing recurring events and contests. I decided to focus my contribution to committee around giving back. This was the year we initially partnered with the Greater Boston Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. The Angel Tree allows individuals and organizations to “adopt” children anonymously for Christmas. In 2015, we requested the full wish lists for 19 children, one child for each of our New England restaurants. We collected so much for the children that we needed a box truck to deliver everything. Our contact at the Salvation Army even cried. The generosity of our restaurants was overwhelming and it was beautiful to see.
We have continued the tradition of adopting angels for Christmas every year. This year made our fifth Christmas
partnering with the Salvation Army. Our CEO decided he wanted all of our restaurants to get involved with the charity, not just the New England locations, and he expanded our partnership with the Angel Tree from one angel per restaurant to two. We delivered the toys to the Salvation Army just this past Friday, and again, everyone was blown away by the generosity of our locations, completely fulfilling everything on the angels’ wish lists. Coats, boots, Easy Bake ovens, sewing machines, Cabbage Patch dolls, bikes, skateboards, and even a welding kit with a face mask and gloves!
Every year when the gifts start showing up at the Support Center, I am reminded that our restaurants are so much more than what we see. They really get behind this charity, make it personal, and take care of these angels like they are their own. It is a privilege for all of us making Christmas a little brighter in our community.”