Last year alone, over 77.4 million people participated in some form of volunteering in the United States. In an earnest attempt to do their part, Engle Martin & Associates (EMA) offices across the country have been actively working to aid various community outreach programs, many of these efforts being put into action by the determination of our own employees and our active volunteer committee.
In July, Engle Martin hosted their very first Bring Your Kid to Work Day at the Atlanta corporate office, sponsored by the Human Resources department. The turnout for the event was a great success, with 29 children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews showing up for an exciting day of learning. Topics included emergency procedures in case of a catastrophe, office safety practices, risk management, community service, and much more.
The event kicked off with a day-in-life presentation by Michael Bavely (Chief Financial Officer, Atlanta), followed by an interactive performance by the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. The elaborate musical, aptly named “Storms A Brewin’”, educated participants on the ways that different types of weather systems are created and the best steps to take in order to protect themselves from severe storms. The highlight of the day was the school supply and backpack drive, in assistance with the Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS)and the Sandy Springs Education Force (SSEF).
Over the course of July, collection bins were placed around the Atlanta office, and employees were asked to bring in school supplies and backpacks as part of the initial campaign. In addition to physical contributions, monetary donations were also accepted that would help fund any materials that were still needed by the closing of the drive.
Thanks to the tremendous efforts of all who participated, enough donations were raised to fully stuff 45 backpacks. These backpacks are often distributed among impoverished families that struggle to pay for the materials their children are required to purchase for the upcoming school year. During Bring Your Kid to Work Day, the participants had the opportunity to work together to organize and fill the backpacks with the collected school supplies. Older children were paired with younger children to help facilitate the process, and to encourage active teamwork throughout the project. Many parents also assisted and oversaw the program, helping wherever extra hands were needed.
Following the community service project, the children were given an extensive private tour of the building by the Glenridge Connector Security Team where they discussed safety and real-life emergency procedures. Upon completion of the tour, each child was awarded a certificate to commemorate their education. The very first Bring Your Kid to Work Day was a great success, but it’s just one example of all of the exciting community projects EMA has planned for 2019!