It's that time of year again! Once a quarter we take a full day off from building the Center of the Retention Automation Universe to together to bond across teams. We give back to the Durham community by spending an afternoon with local charities focused on early childhood education and development.
Why volunteer? There are two main reasons we volunteer as a team. The first is because it reinforces the kind of people we want to be and those we want to attract to our team. The second is that unfamiliar environments and activities can serve as a bonding mechanism. For example, when a marketing associate and a product manager spend four hours together moving boxes of books to help children learn to read, they form a shared experience, which later serves as a connection for future conversations, interactions and ultimately relationships.
Last Wednesday, we divided and conquered - our growing company size allowing us to get some serious work done all across Durham in a given afternoon!
Team A: Book Harvest
About Book Harvest - Generous readers began donating new and gently used children's books to Book Harvest in January 2011, the same month that Book Harvest began giving books to at-risk children. In that first year, more than 35,000 donated books were distributed; within 20 months, that number had risen to 85,000! We are excited to renew our commitment to Book Harvest this quarter.
Team B: Healthy Start Academy
About Healthy Start Academy - Healthy Start Academy was the first tuition-free public charter school established in North Carolina. It opened its doors to students in 1997 on a first-come, first-served basis. They accept all students whether struggling, gifted, or the individual learner with a design intended to access the the school system's more common outliers.
Team C: SEEDS
About SEEDS - SEEDS provides after-school programming for ~15-20 elementary age students during the traditional school year. All the children that attend the after-school program are from schools within a mile or so of SEEDS. These children attend at a free or reduced program fee. During the summer months, SEEDS offers six full weeks of summer camps. These camps are full day camps that offer free and reduced rates for those families that would like to attend but find the full cost beyond their budget. Each weekly camp focuses on a different subject and food and snacks are provided. The overall goal with the children's program is to provide garden-based programming that instructs neighborhood children to learn how to care for the earth and its creatures and to grow and eat healthy food. SEEDS wants to offer Durham area children the opportunity to study, learn, and cook in a safe space while their parents,guardians or caretakers are working.
Team D: Crayons2Calculators
About C2C Durham - Crayons2Calculators believes education is society’s most important public investment. A first-class education prepares Durham students to be the next generation of active citizens, good parents, and community leaders. To ensure that all Durham students have equal access to educational resources, Crayons2Calculators operates a warehouse that provides school supplies to Durham teachers for free.
Thanks to all parties involved for making the first Team Day of 2016 one for the books! Here's to many more!