SwedishAmerican and Aramark Stuff Backpacks to Support Remedies

On Wednesday, September 20, at 2:00pm, Aramark and SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health employees will gather together to fill 200 backpacks with school supplies and then deliver them to Remedies Domestic Violence shelter. This is the second year Aramark has hosted its Building Community Day and has partnered with SwedishAmerican to provide backpacks to children living at Remedies.

Kathleen O’Connell, an Aramark employee and the contracted Food Service Director at SwedishAmerican is in charge of the effort. “We had an extremely successful Building Community Day last year and we wanted to do it again and continue to help families and children who live at the shelter and don’t have the necessary supplies to excel in school,” says O’Connell. “I know our team can make a positive difference in the lives on the children, while providing an opportunity to enhance Aramark’s commitment to the local community.”

A crew of Aramark volunteers and SwedishAmerican employees will stuff backpacks with several different school supplies from pencils, crayons, paper, folders and more. A donation from the SwedishAmerican Foundation and a grant of $2,000 from Aramark provided enough funds to purchase school supplies and backpacks. Vouchers to purchase uniforms and bus passes are also part of the donation.

Since 2008, Aramark has invested more than $9 million in expertise, financial and in-kind resources to strengthen the capacity of more than 100 community centers in 52 cities. More than 30,000 employees have dedicated their skills and expertise through hundreds of volunteer projects impacting millions of people. To learn more about Aramark Building Community Day and how they are helping other local communities, visit www.aramark.com.