Trees of Hope raises over $175,000
The Ronald McDonald House of Springfield and partner sponsor Gary Rome Hyundai announced that together they raised $175,686 at the second annual Trees of Hope event held at Gary Rome Hyundai in Holyoke.
The effort ran from November 4 to 18.
“We would like to thank all of our sponsors and donors who made this event a success. We are especially grateful to our Host and Partner Sponsor Gary Rome Hyundai for his leadership, generosity and support,” said Michelle D’Amore, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. “The impact of the dollars raised through this event will make a huge difference in the lives of the families and children who stay with us at Ronald McDonald House Springfield. This gives us the resources to ensure families have a place to call home while their child receives treatment at Baystate Children’s Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children or other local medical facilities.
The event saw the dealership’s showroom transformed into a winter wonderland during the first two weeks of November. It featured holiday trees, dream gifts and displays donated by area businesses, individuals and community organizations. Each exhibit was then raffled off and proceeds benefited the fundraising effort.
“I am thrilled to partner with Springfield House again for 2023 and bring Trees of Hope back to the dealership,” says owner Gary Rome. “Now more than ever, Ronald McDonald House Springfield is a vital resource for families going through difficult times. I hope our community will continue to join me in ushering in the holidays by supporting them.
MiraVista expands HR hours of operation
The MiraVista Behavioral Health Center in Holyoke recently expanded its human resources hours to meet the needs of night shift workers.
The move saw an HR coordinator work a late afternoon shift that extends past midnight two nights a month to provide services to employees working the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift.
“Is it common for HR to be open until 1 a.m.,” said Kassandra Andrade, human resources coordinator. “Not at all. But, when an employee leaves their shift at 7 a.m., the last thing they want to do is stop by to see HR with a question. They want to go home, see their families, send their children to school and, honestly, go to bed.
The center’s regular HR hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“Our first night was Jan. 12, and employees came to see if we were really open,” Andrade said. “It was funny, but there were a good handful who were really, really excited that we were there for them. They said being open when they’re working helps them because HR is where the most employees with work-related questions are welcome to drop by.
Kimberley Lee, head of creative strategy and development, praised Andrade and human resources director Theresa Byrd for their commitment to helping staff “meet their needs at work so that they can meet their needs outside the workplace. work “.
“Their willingness to hold late hours highlights MiraVista’s commitment to good customer service for our staff,” said Lee.
HCC offers hospitality training
Holyoke Community College will offer a free five-week hospitality training program beginning Feb. 7 for anyone interested in starting a career in the hospitality industry.
Hands-on in-person classes for hotel front desk clerks and room attendants will be held in the hotel’s training lab at the HCC-MGM Culinary Arts Institute at 164 Race St. in downtown Holyoke .
The program runs Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. until March 9.
Additional training programs will also run from March 28 to April 26 (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) and May 9 to June 8 (Tuesdays and Thursdays).
The course will provide students with up-to-date knowledge of the hospitality industry, practical experience for the roles of receptionist or room attendant, workplace skills, resume writing, interviewing, job search assistance. employment and relationships with local employers.
Offered as part of the college’s Business & Workforce Development division, the hospitality training course is free to qualified applicants. For more information, contact Laura Smith, Job Placement Assistant and Career Development Counselor, by email at [email protected] or complete an online application form at hcc.edu/job-ready.
Hampshire Mall adds a restaurant
Hampshire Mall recently hosted Latino’s Cuisine in its Café Square.
Latino’s Cuisine, which opened Jan. 22, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, featuring “authentic Latin favorites.”
“I fell in love with my mother’s cooking from an early age,” said owner Eduardo Castillo. “This is my 28th year in the restaurant business providing good service and delicious homemade food at affordable prices. Everything on the menu is prepared 100% fresh.
Breakfast options include traditional sandwiches as well as the Dominican favorite, Mangu con Los Tres Golpe, a dish with plantains, eggs, cheese, and salami. Entrees include empanadas, meat skewers, and alcapurrias, which are Puerto Rican donuts.
The lunch and dinner menu includes selections such as roast pork, fried pork, octopus, oxtail, beef tripe, chicken stew, mofongo, fried sweet plantains and more Again. All lunch and dinner plates are served with a choice of meat, rice and beans. Desserts include favorites such as three milk cake, vanilla flan and churros.
“We are thrilled to offer our customers this exciting new dining option and to also welcome another small business to the mall,” said Mall General Manager Lynn Gray. “Hampshire Mall is always looking to attract new unique tenants to the center and Latino’s Cuisine’s menu selection is unlike anything else on offer here.”
Latino’s Cuisine also has locations at Holyoke Mall in Ingleside and its sister malls at Crossgates in Albany, New York. An additional location at Walden Galleria in Buffalo, New York is under construction.