On Saturday, November 10th, Simon’s Agency volunteers gathered at the Samaritan Center for Simon’s second annual Volunteer Day where it prepared, cooked and served nearly 200 meals to those on the City of Syracuse’s north side and downtown area on the first blustery weekend of winter weather this season.
Simon's Cares Blog: Showcasing Simon's Community Involvement
Simon’s employee, Thomas M. Ralph III, also known as “Corpse Grinder” by his brothers (due to his former profession as a meat cutter and his love of Death Metal) in the Hades Hounds Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club (LEMC), has made it a point in his life to make an impact in the lives of the less fortunate in Central New York. As President and Co-Founder of the Cayuga County chapter of the LEMC, Tom has been on the front lines of their grass roots efforts.
Simon's Agency is proud to be taking part in the Believe in Syracuse Summer Youth Drive. This annual program invites the Central New York community to rally behind kindergarten through fifth graders by donating their used books to help with their summer reading.
On Saturday, October 14th, Simon’s Agency volunteers gathered at the Samaritan Center on Syracuse’s North Side near downtown. The early crew helped Samaritan volunteers Marc and Maryanne prepare a meal of stew, biscuits and salad that we were to serve for lunch. We also bagged grapes and split up pastry donations into servable portions, some of which were served that day or divided out for bagged lunches and meals for the following week. Simon’s owner, Phil Bova, contributed the funds required to pay for this meal and blessed us with his encouragement and full support of this initiative. Every volunteer was excited to represent Simon’s and reflect the generosity shining from the very top of our organization.
Simon’s Agency will be hosting its first ever volunteer day on Saturday, October 14th at the Samaritan Center located at 215 North State Street (formerly St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church). Leading up to this we will be collecting items to give to the Samaritan Center and will drop them when we go.
Simon’s Agency employees recently collected books at the call center to donate them to the Believe in Syracuse Summer Youth Literacy drive which will be held on July 5th through their Community and Caring initiative. This program aims to create purposeful philanthropic opportunities for Syracuse to support the community's essential needs.
Simon’s Agency employee, David Capria is a lifelong resident of Central New York and is an active member of many organizations throughout the area. He loves his hometown sports teams and his enthusiasm is seen in more than just an orange jacket, Crunchman t-shirt and locomotive ballcap. According to Dave, “Syracuse is the best sized city in America! It is large enough to do many fun activities while still being small enough not to have problems many big cities have.”
On Saturday, April 1st, employees from Simon’s Agency participated in the Syracuse Heart Walk benefitting the American Heart Association (AHA). Together, with over 3,000 people from all over the region, the volunteers raised over $500,000 which will help the AHA “fund cardiovascular research and education, advocate for health, and save lives,” according to their website. Their goals include improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans and reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20%, by the year 2020.