We call team members who participate in volunteer activities our HEROs because they inspire us all to share our time and talent with our communities. Four times a year, we recognize HEROs who have gone above and beyond for their communities.
Today, we’re celebrating April Butts, Jennifer Grezlak and Tiffany Beauchamp for their dedication. Read on to learn how they help out as HERO volunteers – you might just be inspired to help out in your own community.
Jennifer Grezlak, Floor Supervisor, HORSESHOE BOSSIER CITY
Jennifer’s Causes: Breast cancer, helping children in need
Jennifer is donating her $500 prize to Volunteers of America, North Louisiana
Jennifer serves as a passionate volunteer and an inspiration to her fellow team members to get involved. For several years, she’s been involved with Volunteers of America’s afterschool programs for children in need. She helps kids with their homework, leads art projects and generally supports a safe environment for kids who may not have somewhere else to go after school.
Jennifer was sad to see these children in need during the holiday season, so she started a gift drive, spending more than 150 hours each year collecting donations and shopping for gifts and essential items. Last year, the property doubled the number of families it helped over the previous year, with more than 200 team members participating. Thanks to Jennifer’s hard work, Horseshoe Bossier City is Volunteers of America’s biggest local sponsor.
Jennifer also works on breast cancer fundraisers and events, including organizing Horseshoe Bossier City’s Battle of the Bras and the local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk to raise funds for American Cancer Society.
April Butts, Cage Cashier Supervisor, HARRAH’S PHILADELPHIA
April’s Causes: Domestic abuse, poverty, animals
April is donating her $500 prize to Meals on Wheels
Last year, April was looking for a cause to support with her fellow team members. Through her research, she learned about the plight of domestic abuse survivors and the work that the Domestic Abuse Project was doing to help, from a hotline, counseling, a safe house and more.
April sprang into action to educate her co-workers on the issue. She began a donation drive for Nana’s Attic, a secondhand store that Domestic Abuse Project runs as a fundraiser and resource for abused women and children. This year, April’s drive resulted in more than 2,000 items donated. Domestic Abuse Project is opening a second safe house this year and April already has plans to bring a team to the house to paint and prepare it for future residents.
Not only did April support community members in need, she also helped her coworkers realize that Domestic Abuse Project was available if they themselves needed it. Because April started a conservation about the realities of domestic abuse, many fellow team members were able to get the help they needed directly from the Domestic Abuse Project.
Tiffany Beauchamp, Employee Relations Specialist, HORSESHOE BOSSIER CITY
Tiffany’s Causes: Helping older individuals and children, poverty, wellness
Tiffany is donating her $500 prize to Clean the World
If there is someone in need, Tiffany is there. She’s helped out at more than ten local organizations, doing everything from serving food at the Bossier City Council on Aging’s annual Sweetheart Luncheon to making goodie bags for the United Way’s Day of Caring breakfast. It’s in helping those less fortunate where Tiffany spends most of her time, donating to canned food and school supply drives, serving food to child survivors of abuse and serving hot meals to people facing homelessness at HUB Urban Ministries.
Tiffany has also supported wellness initiatives at Horseshoe Bossier City, partnering with the property’s Wellness Clinic to create a mascot, Al E. Gator, who inspired a 92% participation rate in wellness activities.
According to her co-worker Darlene, “She has proven herself to be an advocate of everything kind and good in the community.” The community agrees – Tiffany was selected as the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau as an Outstanding Volunteer.
Kudos to Jennifer, April and Tiffany for showing your communities how much you care!