By Rebecca Bosma, Brand Ambassador
As an organization, Atlas Travel has always been involved in supporting our community and participating in charitable events. This has manifested in donation matching programs to the American Red Cross, longtime support of Milford Regional Medical Center, holiday gift donations to a local charity and a variety of other commitments throughout our 27-year history.
In the past few months, we’ve decided to make giving back even more of a priority by creating a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program. A recent revitalization project at Plimoth Plantation, coordinated by Tourism Cares, was a fabulous first step on our journey towards this more organized endeavor.
Atlas Travel was approached by friends in the industry and asked to participate in this great event. With Plimoth Plantation so close to our corporate headquarters in Milford, MA, we knew this was the perfect opportunity for us to get involved in a hands-on way and work with a cause right in our own industry. With Atlas staff currently formalizing a CSR initiative to be launched by Atlas Travel And Technology Group in 2014, this was the perfect chance to get our feet wet!
Not only was this project a wonderful experience, but it was also a huge success. In just a day’s time, volunteers saved the staff at Plimoth Plantation and city crews more than 2,000 hours of work, or the equivalent of $160,000! Through monetary donations, Tourism Cares left Plimoth Plantation with a grant of $10,000 for materials and tools needed to preserve their wonderful and unique guest experience.
“The event at Plimoth Plantation was fabulous. It was an opportunity to network with others and give back,” said Cathy Petkus, Manager, Group Air – a department within Atlas Travel Meetings & Incentives.
Atlas staff members were able to assist in a number of different projects contributing to the overall mission of the Tourism Cares program, including the following:
- Enhancements to the museum’s authentic timber palisade
- Updates to the visitor center
- Upkeep of grounds, including the Wampanaog Homesite
- Sanding and repainting of the Mayflower II
- Gravestone preservation on Burial Hill
- Various other assignments
There was a universal sense of pride and accomplishment in all the volunteers when the projects were finished, no matter which detail they completed.
“We have always made financial donations on behalf of Atlas Travel, but to actually volunteer our time and physically build or repair something for the betterment of others was an immeasurable feeling,” commented Elaine Osgood, President/CEO of Atlas Travel & Technology Group.
One of the best parts of this whole experience is that it’s only the beginning. This project has proven just what we as individuals are capable of and opened the door to so many other wonderful opportunities.