The Bozzuto Buzz is about coming together and connecting as a community—sharing our stories and using our voices to express the triumphs and challenges we face. In this issue, we share important voting resources and celebrate some of the employees who go above and beyond to create sanctuary for our residents every day.
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An Introduction by Chairman and Co-Founder Tom Bozzuto How to Use Your Time Off to Vote Celebrating Those Who Help Make Us Extraordinary Mindfulness, Meditation and Wellness With Women@Bozzuto Bozzuto Ranked #1 in The Washington Post Top Workplaces Rise to the Occasion: Support Feeding America Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
We Have the Power to Change the World: An Introduction by Tom Bozzuto
As I anticipate the upcoming election, I frequently think of ancient Greek society. As you probably know, Greece is generally recognized as the first nation of people that organized itself into a democratic form of government. It was a limited democracy, surely, but it was a society built on the notion that people should control their own destiny. This comes to mind because I have long found it fascinating that the word the Greeks used to describe someone who failed to take part in public affairs, one who failed to participate in self-government, was “idiotes.”
The right to vote is our most important right. It is also our responsibility as citizens. As the late Representative John Lewis said, “The vote is precious. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it.”
While the country may feel divided, I believe we can all agree that the upcoming election is the most important in decades. Every vote matters. Every vote will be counted.
Each of us has the power within ourselves to change the world. We can only do that if we are involved in our civic lives and our communities. We can only do that if we vote.
So, if you don’t want to be what the Greeks would have called “idiotes,” please vote. Please make your voice heard. Together, as One Bozzuto, we will continue to make the world a better place.
With this issue of the Buzz, I welcome you to join me in celebrating several of our employees who reflect the best of Bozzuto.
Election Day is nearly here–are You Ready to Vote?
With Election Day approaching on Tuesday, November 3, we’re sharing details about how to use your extra time off to vote. Bozzuto has joined Time To Vote, a nonpartisan, business-led initiative that ensures employees across America don’t have to choose between voting and earning a paycheck.
We’re also giving every Bozzuto associate up to 4 hours of PTO to use for the purpose of voting on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. If you voted by mail or voted early, you may not need to use this extra PTO, but it’s available if you choose to go to the polls on Election Day.* We’re also extending up to 8 hours of PTO to use for volunteering on Election Day at the polls or a related form of election volunteering. Documents from the Board of Elections or Power to the Polls must be provided for use of this volunteer time off.*
*Scheduling the use of this PTO time should be coordinated in advance with your direct supervisor. This time is given for the purpose of voting or volunteering and will not carry over to your unused PTO balance.
To find helpful resources and information about voting, visit our blog post here.
Employee Perspectives: Celebrating Those Who Help Make Us Extraordinary
Our mission is focused on creating sanctuary for those we serve. That mission applies to not only our residents and clients but also each other. We want to take the time to celebrate some of the many employees who are going to work every day, providing exceptional service to their residents, customers and clients, amid a time of pandemic, an upcoming election and social unrest. We want to thank you for going above and beyond, and for your dedication to delivering truly extraordinary experiences.
These employees came highly recommended by their leaders and we spoke to their colleagues who know them best to hear their stories. Read their stories here.
Mindfulness, Meditation and Wellness With Women@Bozzuto
Every day is an opportunity to take a few minutes for self-care. This month, Women@Bozzuto is hosting events that encourage the self-care and wellness of Bozzuto employees.
On October 16, they hosted a restorative introduction to meditation with wellness coach Francine Madera. New York Times Best Selling Author Joyful Clemantine Wamariya shared part of her story in preparation for a November 12 discussion of her memoir “The Girl Who Smiled Beads.”
Later this month, Women@Bozzuto will host Stay-A-Breast With The Brem Foundation to Defeat Cancer, a virtual event featuring Dr. Rachel Brem, from 12 – 1 p.m. EDT on October 26. Dr. Brem discovered her own breast cancer and founded the Brem Foundation, which helps women take charge of their breast health through early cancer detection. Join Women@Bozzuto for a personal yet meaningful conversation about the importance of early detection, how to navigate annual breast screenings during the COVID-19 pandemic and health disparities in breast cancer for Black women and women of color. RSVP here for this important event. Donate to the Brem Foundation here.
Bozzuto Ranked #1 in The Washington Post Top Workplaces
The Washington Post published its Top Workplace rankings of the top 200 companies in the D.C. area, which were first announced this summer—and Bozzuto was ranked the #1 largest company. “To have received this honor in 2020 is further proof of how you shine in the face of adversity. I have never been more grateful or proud to work with such talented and dedicated people,” said President and CEO Toby Bozzuto. Read more here.
Rise to the Occasion: Support Feeding America
We’ve heard it a million times—we’ve never faced challenges like we are right now—but what we might not think about as often is, in the presence of these challenges, how we have never hesitated to show concern for each other or neighbors in need. The Bozzuto community is special in this way and our social impact program, Rise by Bozzuto is here to help us find connection and support by way of coming together for something bigger than ourselves.
The Rise by Bozzuto team has heard from many of you about your desire to give support to our local food banks. According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of food pantries and programs, the number of Americans relying on food banks has risen 55% due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When the unexpected happens, food banks are there for those who need sustenance, and these essential organizations are experiencing a demand like never before. Rise by Bozzuto has set a goal of giving 10,000 meals to food banks in need through Feeding America’s network.
Ready to support? Here are two ways you can be a part of Bozzuto’s impact:
- Donate here today—every $1 donated to Feeding America turns into 10 meals.
- Host a food drive—5 canned goods create 10 meals; click here for everything you need to lead a drive in your community.
Thank you for your continued support of our collective Rise by Bozzuto initiatives, together we are empowerers of social good and are effecting positive change in our communities.
Contact Rise@bozzuto.com for questions.
Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
In case you missed it—VIDA hosted a wonderful virtual celebration commemorating National Hispanic Heritage Month. During the event, the Washington English Center (WEC) presented President and CEO Toby Bozzuto with the Champion of Immigrants award. We also played a game of Lotería (Mexican bingo), watched an exciting cocktail making demonstration and toasted to Toby’s award. If you’re interested in joining or learning more about VIDA, click here. To learn more about volunteering opportunities with the WEC, click here. Find out how to make a Cuban Bishop cocktail here.