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11th Annual Veterans Inc. Stand Down

Posted On: Friday, June 03, 2016 Posted By: Commonwealth Medicine Cultural Diversity Committee Tags: Committee on Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Commonwealth Medicine Cultural Diversity Committee, Veterans

veterans socksIt is the beginning of summer and it is not about defeat; it’s about the-feet!  Everyone should have low cut socks and flip-flops to help make their way through hot summer days.  Commonwealth Medicine’s Cultural Diversity Committee is holding a donation drive at 333 South Street, Shrewsbury to benefit area veterans. Clean, new, unused socks and flip-flops are needed for men, women, and children.  Donations will be collected over the next two weeks and delivered to Veterans Inc. on July 16th.

The Commonwealth Medicine’s Cultural Diversity Committee represents Commonwealth Medicine’s commitment to supportingveterans flip flops employee diversity and inclusion. The Cultural Diversity Committee is a subcommittee of the UMass Medical School Committee on Equal Opportunity and Diversity. They also support initiatives and promote ideas to help build a strong organizational workforce.  To that end, the Cultural Diversity Committee has included Veterans as one of its focus areas.  In March 2015, the Cultural Diversity Committee collaborated with University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) human resources to provide Veterans Inc. with interviewing tools, tips and resources for veterans seeking employment. In December, the Cultural Diversity Committee invited the company EMC, the gold standard in veteran recruiting policies, to come and conduct Military Recruitment: Best Practices for Talent Specialists training for UMMS talent specialists.

Veterans inc 11th anniversary stand down Veterans Inc.’s Stand Down is another way that Commonwealth Medicine’s and the Cultural Diversity Committee support Veterans in the community.  Stand Down is a term that originated during the Vietnam War used to describe the practice of removing combat troops from the field and taking care of their basic needs in a safe area. The Veterans Inc. Stand Down is open to homeless and in-need veterans and their families. They provide counseling, employment and training, housing resources and legal services. There is food, music, clothing, and personal items available.  All services and items are provided free of charge. This year’s 11th Annual Stand Down is being held on Friday, June 17th at 69 Grove Street in Worcester, MA from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.