A long-time volunteer with Kitchen Table Advisors, Steven Rankin is instrumental in helping put together the communication materials by providing designs for important tools like the quarterly newsletter and invitation card for the recent fundraiser.
Steven has been able to extend his support through the volunteer benefit provided by his employer Symantec. "For every hour I donate, they provide a nominal amount of funding," he says. "Symantec believes in being a good corporate citizen, thus providing the opportunity to donate real dollars for the real work I do for Kitchen Table Advisors. I am very grateful to work for a company that is in alignment with my volunteerism."
Why do you volunteer with Kitchen Table Advisors?
Firstly, I have a passion for the farm-to-table movement. I think it's important to know how your food is grown and to eat locally. There are many socio-economic benefits of eating food within 100 miles of your home. Secondly, I am pro-small business as they bring growth and innovation to their communities. I am an advocate for any organization that supports the growth of these businesses.
What is your connection to food and farming?
My biggest connection to food is my dad, who is a chef in St. Louis, MO. I have been his sous chef for the better part of 30 years. And by "sous" I mean washing dishes, picking chickens, cutting vegetables and general food prep. Because of this humble foundation, I have become quite the cook, and have participated in several cooking challenges in Santa Cruz.
How has Symantec's corporate giving program enhanced your volunteer efforts?
In addition to Kitchen Table Advisors, I volunteer for several small businesses and non-profits in the Santa Cruz County. I love giving my free time to causes I deem worthy. When I learned that I could also provide financial assistance through my employer's volunteer benefit, I was empowered to do more.