UnCommons is all about community. Even if we don’t have a physical building to anchor our community yet, that doesn’t mean that we aren’t working every day to do our part to support and encourage our neighbors. Yesterday, we were honored to have the opportunity to surprise 300 healthcare workers administering vaccines at the Las Vegas Convention Center with local coffee and pastries as a small display of our thanks. We worked with Mothership Coffee Roasters to package croissants, cookies and their signature coffee for staff and volunteers to get their day started in a special way.
Amalie Zinsser, UnCommons’ community director, alongside Mothership CEO Juanny Romero and Las Vegas Convention Center Representatives Travis Haldeman and Jon Klassen, handed out the treats, shared some laughs and marked how far we’ve all come in the last year.
In April of 2020, as many of us were feeling uncertain about the future and a little bit helpless, we decided to fight those uneasy feelings with gestures of action and gratitude. We joined forces with our friends at Burke Construction Group to deliver meals to healthcare workers. We did what we do and thought big—delivering meals to every night shift employee at all 14 hospitals in the Las Vegas Valley amounting to almost 4,000 meals in total. The workers were treated to the flavors of local favorite restaurants Lotus of Siam, Sushi Kame and Piero’s Italian Cuisine with a coffee cake dessert from Urth Caffé, the LA-based European-style coffee shop coming to UnCommons next year.
To further support the community, we donated $25,000 to the Culinary Workers Union Local 226’s Helping Hand program, providing food assistance to those in need in Las Vegas. The $25,000 donation was part of a $100,000 commitment made toward local efforts in the fight against coronavirus. $25,000 went toward the purchase of much-needed N95 face masks for healthcare professionals in support of efforts by Governor Steve Sisolak and $25,000 was donated to the Jewish Family Services Agency to provide meals for senior citizens.
As we round the corner heading towards the next chapter, we won’t forget the way our local healthcare workers have worked tirelessly to care for us as we look forward to gathering together to mark celebrations and community achievements.