This article previously appeared in Give2Get's May 2018 newsletter, but if you missed it, we want to make sure you still have the opportunity to have a meaningful, long-lasting impact on local children this summer.
Summer is one of our favorite times of the year at Give2Get, and we'd like to invite you to get in on the fun with an education-related give back.
It may seem a bit early to start thinking about back-to-school, but without children on campus, schools can be refurbished, playgrounds can be expanded and made safer, and after school centers can get the attention they deserve. And, although the students may not be there to express their gratitude, the teachers, administrators, and other personnel we work with to make projects come to life are usually in attendance assisting volunteers — and couldn't be more thankful!
In the past, companies have repainted school hallways and classrooms, added murals, built playground equipment and outdoor furniture, planted learning gardens, reorganized libraries, refreshed computer labs and teachers' lounges, and deep-cleaned resource rooms in ONE DAY!
It may seem like a lot of work, but that's where Give2Get comes in.
Our seasoned project managers will help you choose a school that meets your requirements whether that's by neighborhood, grade level, or rating. They also work with the school's administrative team to determine how your group can have the most impact on their students in the time available.
Once the scope of work is determined, project managers handle the details including ordering all of the supplies that will be needed to making sure that each project will be prepped and ready to go when your team arrives.
If you'd like to create leadership opportunities for your employees, we can train individuals to work as "project leaders" who tour the site early and are responsible for bringing extra energy the day of the event.
For programs where the volunteers need to travel to the nonprofit's location, Give2Get provides transportation and catering, which includes at least one meal, water, and snacks. DJs are also hired to keep volunteers motivated throughout the day.
If you're looking for a shorter program or one that doesn't involve leaving your office or conference center, there are still ways to contribute to children's education initiatives.
Many students need backpacks filled with supplies for the first day of school. Volunteers can also create STEM kits or build robots with children. Children who are in foster care or are patients at local hospitals often light up when they receive art kits packed by volunteers, especially when the kits contain canvases stretched by volunteers. We've also packed hygiene kits with toothbrushes, toothpaste, and shampoo as well as new socks, pajamas, and undergarments.
Many schools have other needs, too. If your company would like to do a book drive in the days or weeks leading up to your event, those donations can be given to the school library or, if the librarian determines that certain books are too advanced, another nonprofit.
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