It’s not quite a baker’s dozen, but once a month Akron Children’s employees are awarded a sneak peek inside the new Considine Professional Building’s expansion as a ‘thank you’ for their participation in the hospital’s Bakers for Builders program.
According to Anna Desrosiers, executive assistant and coordinator of the program, “We started Bakers for Builders during construction of the Kay Jewelers Pavilion. One of our architects, Marge Zezulewicz from Hasenstab Architects, thought it would be a nice gesture to bring the builders homemade treats to say thanks for all they do.”
On the second Tuesday of each month, volunteer bakers are asked to make or buy between 4-6 dozen treats for approximately 200 onsite contract builders. Anna provides the boxes for transporting goodies and arranges for a few people to bring nut- and gluten-free options.
In return, the bakers are treated to a 30-minute behind-the-scenes tour (hard hats and safety gear included!)
“The areas under construction aren’t open to the public so this is our way of making the program extra special for the volunteer bakers,” Anna said. “Since this is an active construction site slacks and closed toed shoes are required and photography isn’t permitted.”
To keep an element of surprise, the first visit of the year is always unannounced. The bakers were happy to greet the builders as they broke for lunch and started digging into the treats. Jim Keyerleber, safety manager for Welty Building Company, joked it was the happiest he’d seen the guys all day.
“I know how much they appreciate this and it’s nice to feel appreciated in return,” he said.
After putting out a ‘call for bakers’ less than 2 weeks ago, Anna says the baking calendar is already full through April.
“We’ve had an overwhelming response to this program, but we still need bakers for the late spring, summer and fall months,” she said.
Employees who would like to help can call Anna at 330-543-5410.