Frank Fattori: Volunteer for Life

Frank Fattori, the assistant manager of our legal department at Kenneth Cole, talks about his experience during Volunteer week—a week celebrated at our company—and why volunteering will always be an integral part of his life.
What’s the most rewarding part of volunteering?

When you recognize that you are doing good for others and the community, it provides a natural sense of accomplishment, pride, and identity. Volunteering is a way to forget about yourself and the trials and tribulations of daily life that can often consume us as individuals (especially in NYC). It’s a way to give back and focus on coming together with your peers for a cause greater than yourself.

What’s the most memorable/moving moment you’ve had while volunteering?

Getting down and dirty on the banks of the Hudson, giving back to Mother Earth, allowed me to focus on supporting the parks and public resources we often take for granted. It’s easy to forget that healthy trees provide natural wildlife habitats and improve air quality. Inhaling the clean, crisp air, breezing off the banks of Liberty State Park was a pleasure in and of itself. Overlooking the greatest skyline in the world, next to the park’s 9/11 Memorial, was even more moving. Fertilizing the trees that lined the memorial… priceless.

What advice would you give to those who want to volunteer, but feel they’re too busy?

We’re all busy. Some more so than others. But you have be of the mindset that we’re all in this life together. All it takes is a little research and an understanding of what you hope to accomplish from a volunteer experience. Even though time is precious thing, you can always put yourself and personal deadlines aside for a minute and tap into your desire to volunteer for the good of others.

So far, what’s been your favorite cause to support?

A few years back, I volunteered at the Henry Street Settlement in the Lower East Side, which has historically been, and continues to be, one of the most ethnically diverse communities in the nation. It was a chance to invigorate and brighten up the community garden by cleaning up litter, trimming overgrown hedges and tree branches, and planting all types of flowers such as tulips and snap dragons. What a difference a day makes in the garden!

How would you like to grow as a volunteer?

Help comes in many forms and time is something we can all give. I don’t want to ever forget or take for granted the love, support, and help I’ve received from others through the years. I plan to continue volunteer work, whether it’s signing up for opportunities through Kenneth Cole’s Volunteer Week or on my own volition. Kindness is karma. Karma is kindness.