Being selected to serve on the Celanese Foundation Committee, and then joining families with the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky (ESNKY) and having the chance to Improve the World, has been an incredible experience that I will be proud of for the rest of my life. It’s caused me to reflect on the meaning of “family.”
It has also provoked me to think about what “families” mean. It’s not just doing a one-time volunteering event, but building an ongoing relationship with those in the community who we can help. This includes those who manage this wonderful life-saving facility at ESNYK and their overnight guests. In 2016 we have extended our relationships with ESNKY by doing a bowling night, which has become more than just a fun night out, but a real opportunity to build relationships of trust.
All of the hard work and dedication that comes with being a Celanese Foundation member is so rewarding, especially when I hear volunteers share their reflections about time spent with our “Shelter Family.”
Brian Scott, a Celanese employee at our Florence, Kentucky facility, and also a “volunteer bowler” said: “The shelter guest bowlers from ESNKY are a great group of people who bring a positive energy to the bowling alley every Monday night. They love to laugh and have a good time and don’t worry about winning games.”
We have a fabulous time bowling. Shelter guests say things like:
- “I felt normal.”
- “Best night in a long time.”
- “It was the most fun I have had in years.”
- “I forgot how much I missed bowling.”
Those few hours allowed them to check out of their current difficult reality, relax, laugh and have fun.
John Farrell, who initiated the Shelter Night Out bowling league, said: “An offsite event like bowling night brings our employees together in a different and an often more personal way – and is even more special when can involve leaders and guests of a Florence Site Giving partner like ESKNY.”
We value the time spent together. ESNKY makes a difference saving and changing lives. Celanese team members and the ESNKY family have laughed together, cried together, and inspired one another along the way! Activities ranging from painting the shelter, to decorating the shelter for Veterans day, and providing a nice, hot meal for guests have been so much fun and has taught us so much about the meaning of giving. Hearing shelter guests share their inspiring stories, helping with the shower and laundry program, painting, supply drives, providing resources, making props for their mascot Homer have all been great examples of service we have been fortunate to offer.
To learn more about the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky, visit http://www.emergencyshelternky.org/. For more about the Celanese Foundation, visit http://foundation.celanese.com/.