SeQuel employees recently helped a Minneapolis charity prepare 753 meals for people with life-threatening illnesses.
“With the support of people like SeQuel’s employees, Open Arms is able to bring comfort, nutrition, and support to our fellow community members,” said Maria Kustritz, Kitchen Host & Volunteer Specialist at Open Arms of Minnesota. “Thank you for helping us nourish our neighbors in need.”
Open Arms of Minnesota cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis and ALS, as well as their dependents and caregivers. SeQuel employees chopped broccoli and packaged entrees made from three different recipes over the course of the afternoon.
“This charity hits home to many of us on a personal level, because we all know people who could benefit from a service like Open Arms,” said Vicki Erickson, SeQuel’s VP of Client Services. “I was also impressed with the state-of-art-kitchen and facility—I did not expect that.”
Open Arms started in 1986 with a single act of kindness—its founder cooked a meal in his apartment and delivered it to a friend with AIDS. Three decades later, the Open Arms operation has grown into a 21,000-square-foot building with a world-class kitchen. With the help of more than 5,000 volunteers per year, Open Arms cooks and delivers over 500,000 meals annually to more than 1,000 people each week.
“The organization has done an immense amount of work since its founding, and their employees were very quick to attribute all of their accomplishments to the volunteers,” said Mary Gulbrandson, SeQuel’s Office Coordinator. “It was evident with these people that this cause is their passion, and they are very appreciative of any help that comes along.”
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