Dart's volunteer focus

April was Volunteer Month, a worldwide initiative launched in 1990 dedicated to promoting, celebrating and inspiring volunteerism.

Dart encourages its staff members to volunteer by offering employees paid, monthly volunteer leave they can dedicate to community service. As a result, many Dart employees are active volunteers.

"Each month, dozens of worthy causes benefit from the volunteering time of our nearly 400 employees,” says Pilar Bush, Dart executive vice president with responsibility for community development. "As a leading employer in Cayman, we know that giving back is important to our team, and contributing our time and talent is perfectly aligned with our purpose, vision and values.”

In addition to the volunteers directly employed by Dart, many employees of its associated companies — like those working at Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa and The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman — also participate in various volunteer programmes.

With Volunteer Month this year, Dart saw an opportunity to bring awareness to local initiatives in need of support and to inspire staff to work with a wider range of charities by organising three employee volunteer events.

To kick off the month, five team members visited the Kiwanis Book Mobile at George Town Primary School on 8 April and read with students. The children practised cognitive reading by answering questions and creative thinking by expanding the stories with their own animated versions of how the books could continue.

Several members of Dart staff cover weekly routes for Meals on Wheels deliveries and on 12 April, additional volunteers stepped up to cover 17 routes and deliver 143 hot and nutritious lunches. Meals on Wheels currently serves about 315 seniors across all districts in Cayman and the non-profit organisation is always looking for volunteers to help deliver meals.

In an event that both celebrates and protects the environment, Dart staff completed Volunteer Month by joining the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Earth Day clean-up at Barkers Beach on 24 April. Staff and their friends and families contributed to this island-wide event by picking up trash from the beloved West Bay beach.

Dart’s Community Development team also helped the company's design department organise a team-building event where they cleaned up Uncle Sammy’s Pond, a National Trust for the Cayman Islands-owned property in West Bay.

The next project available for staff to participate in is the Department of Environment’s turtle monitoring programme. For the sixth consecutive year, every morning, a team of Dart staff will walk Seven Mile Beach between the Avalon Condominiums and the Beach Deck at Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa in search of turtle nests and turtle tracks, and report any findings to the government's Department of the Environment.

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This article appears in print in the May 2021 edition of Camana Bay Times, written by Laura Leontsinis.

 

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