Charlotte Wong makes sweet treats for Out of the Cold
April 15, 2016
We are gearing up for Raymond James Cares Month in May and encourage all Raymond James employees and associates to donate their time to charities and organizations that need help.
Charlotte Wong donates her time to the Out of the Cold program.
Here is her story:
Question: What is OOTC?
Charlotte: OOTC, or Out of the Cold, is a program that runs in many locations over the colder months of the year, serving the homeless and less fortunate. Depending on the location, OOTC may provide food, shelter, basic care such as medical and hygiene services and more. I volunteer at St. Andrew's church in downtown Toronto. We provide meals, clothing, and good company to 250-300 guests every Monday night.
Question: What volunteer activity do you do for OOTC?
Charlotte: I volunteer on Sunday to prep for Monday night. I serve as head pastry chef and baker. In this role, I determine the dessert, scale the recipe, make sure we have all the ingredients, and make it! We often use donated food, so being flexible and creative is a big part of the job.
Question: How did you get involved?
Charlotte: I first got involved three seasons ago because I saw the line-up of guests before service. I saw a real need and so I started helping out that fall.
Question: Why did you get involved?
Charlotte: I love volunteering because you're able help others, learn more about yourself, and meet new friends. Plus, being able to use giant mixers and convection ovens is fun too!