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ActivEngage donated $900 to Bags of Hope and their Children’s FEED & READ program. There were 15 kids that were on the waiting list for the rest of the school year, but now thanks to ActivEngage, they no longer have to wait! This weekly program delivers food care packages and books to children who demonstrate daily hunger due to homelessness or severe poverty. These children are not able to concentrate in class due to hunger and have a tendency to fall behind and eventually drop out of school making them at risk for homelessness, poverty and potential crime.
After completing its first year, teachers and school staff have reported amazing improvements amongst the students in this program. Many had 97% improvement in reading scores, attendance, behavior, and overall morale. According to Bags of Hope, teachers report that the students are focused in class, completing homework and staying on task.
This Friday (5/11/12) Kelly Holloway(Marketing Manager) and myself will be at Lovell Elementary School in Apopka, FL to hand out Bags of Hope to needy kids. There’s no shortage of research showing that people who give time, money, or support to others are more likely to be happy and satisfied with their lives - that’s why ActivEngage makes it a priority to give back to the local community. Carolyn Schwartz, a research professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School noted that those who offered support experienced dramatic improvements in their quality of life—several times more so than those they were helping.
If you want to learn more about this program or if you are interested in donating to this cause, visit Bags of Hope.
How does your company give back to the community? What organizations have the biggest impact on you? How does your dealership make a difference for those in need? Please post your stories in the comments section below.