Through the signature First and Ten volunteer movement, over twenty Cleveland Browns Stadium Operations team members dedicated their Monday morning to giving back to the community. On March 5, Browns staff helped package and distribute produce at University Settlement.
University Settlement is a non-profit agency that services the Broadway/Slavic Village neighborhood in Cleveland. The organization offers fresh produce and bread to the community every Monday. In order to prepare for pickup, volunteers are needed to organize and package the food.
Development Manager, Kaitlin Armocida, thanked the Browns volunteers for being on site. "The thing I love is that these volunteers work to meet the community needs but everyone does it with the utmost dignity and respect."
Browns staff arrived first thing Monday morning to help unload food from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and begin the packaging process.
"It's the right thing to do," says Building Engineer Kimmer Rodgers, "It feels good to give back and see our organization making a difference."
While some Browns staff members worked on packaging up the food, others prepared the distribution center for pickup. Although the community cannot take the food until 11am, people come as early as 9am to get their produce.
For some staff members, volunteering with University Settlement hit close to home. "This placed helped me back in the day and I can't thank them enough," said Stadium Security Officer Mike Sims. "They offered helpful classes and fixed my computer!"
Stadium Engineer Jennifer Lawlis shared how she was grateful to give back to the community she once lived in. "I came from this situation and it feels great to give back."
The Browns helped University settlement receive 10,195 pounds of fresh produce including cabbage, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, celery, onions, apples, and bread. They helped 132 households receive food, which was a total of 300 people.
"It feels good to give back," said Stadium Security Officer Bill Davis. "We are very fortunate and we do this out of the good of our hearts."
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