ATR’s VTO, or Voluntary Time Off, program gives each internal ATR employee 5 paid days each year that they can use to work at a charitable organization(s) of their choosing. This week we are focusing on Carolyn Bramley and her work with Sacred Heart Community Service.
There’s an old saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” These are powerful words for ATR employee Carolyn Bramley who makes an effort every year to spend her Volunteer Time Off helping out at Sacred Heart Community Service.
“I just love what they stand for,” said Carolyn. “There are so many nonprofits that hand out food or clothing, which is great. But Sacred Heart not only provides those services, they take that extra step to teach people how to be self-reliant.”
Carolyn likes to help out each year during the holidays when the demand for Sacred Heart’s resources is at its peak. She has done everything from helping to feed people during Thanksgiving to assisting with their annual toy drive for Christmas. “There are so many families that need help and this is just my way of giving back,” said Carolyn.
Sacred Heart was founded in 1964 in an effort to feed hungry families. Today, they have expanded to providing essential services to individuals and families in need. The organization has also evolved into a respected and innovative provider of programs that assist families in achieving lifelong economic self-sufficiency. From help with employment and housing, to courses in financial management and understanding taxes, to preschool and homework help for kids, they provide a wide array of services that put families on the right path. In other words, they teach people how to fish.