Giving Back is the New Black
An Aquarian Age view of community relations is ingrained in our company’s culture. We seek to enrich and improve lives within our community by supporting meaningful causes.
COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY
“The Masked Sosemo-ians” were back this year for our annual Community Service Day! Our team got their hands dirty volunteering at a community garden in Brooklyn with GrowNYC, the largest environmental organization in New York City.
GrowNYC’s mission is to improve New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations. They offer programs such as farmers markets, recycling, gardening, and education.
With CDC guidelines in place, we tackled harvesting, weeding, and mulching to help grow food for local pantries. Though physically distanced, we are socially together and proud to be part of our incredible NYC community.
COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY
We were in the weeds for our annual Community Service Day! Once again, we partnered with our friends at NY Cares and volunteered at The Youth Farm at 600 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11203.
From the Youth Farm Handbook: The Youth Farm is an education-focused production farm in Brooklyn that offers New Yorkers opportunities to increase their knowledge of the food system and build high level organic growing skills to share with their communities. The Youth Farm grows organic food and flowers on one acre for the community and beyond, and offers hands-on farm training and leadership opportunities for youth and adults.
With guidance from the Youth Farm team, we worked together to compost, weed, and prep the soil for planting. By learning how to utilize the old to create something new, we helped lay the groundwork for growth at the farm and throughout our community.
COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY
Our inaugural year for Community Service Day was a great success. In partnership with NY Cares, our team of Sosemo-ians volunteered at New Roots Community Farm, 670 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451.
The New Roots Community Farm is managed by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and enables refugee farmers and Bronx community members to grow their own food, share traditional recipes, build community, and increase food and green space access for NYC residents, local schools, and partner organizations.
We spent the day building a stone wall along the hillside farm to prevent rain water and slide damage. As the old saying goes, “many hands make light work”, and we certainly worked well together with NY Cares to make our community a healthier place to live.
NETWORK FOR A CAUSE 2018
2018 was another successful year for our annual Spring fundraiser, which is now becoming legendary as the size of the event has continued to grow year after year. This year, donations went to Room to Read, a non-profit organization for improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world.
Founded by former Microsoft Executive John Wood, Room to Read is one of the fastest growing non-profits in the U.S. and has an active New York Chapter where all are encouraged to get involved. The donations raised this year went towards funding over 40 students in Room to Read’s Literacy Program for one full year.
Thank you to all our 2018 sponsors including Oaxaca Taqueria, Naked Wines, Insomnia Cookies, YoJo Yoga, Frites & Meats Food Truck, BATSU, Kundalini East, The McKittrick Hotel, Foods of New York Tours, Literary Pub Crawl, Unarthodox, The Slipper Room, Manhattan Sailing School, Haven Spa, Goldbar, Nitehawk Cinema, NYC Literary Pub Crawls, Truffles: Jazz, Murder & Dinner Theater and Suitefolio.
NETWORK FOR A CAUSE 2017
2017 was our 4th year supporting Baal Dan Charities at our annual Network For A Cause fundraiser. Baal Dan supports the basic needs and social welfare of impoverished children, including orphans, street children, and refugees, in Asia, Africa, North America, and South America. With a high degree of transparency, almost 100% of donations go directly to the children that need it most.
This year’s event raised enough money to feed nearly 100 children in need for a full year. Sosemo-ians sure now how to get things done and still have fun!
Thank you to all of our 2017 sponsors including Oaxaca Taqueria, The Masalawala, Insomnia Cookies, Sixpoint Brewery, Urban Artisan Wine, BATSU, YoJo Yoga, The McKittrick Hotel, Accomplice the Show, Church Street Boxing Gym, Hooch Cocktail App, Broadstone Bar, Nitehawk Cinema, Suitefolio, Gannsevoort Hotel and WeWork.