Gen3 Marketing Philanthropy Events – Spring 2016
This quarter, our staff had the opportunity to volunteer its time at two local charities: Mitzvah Circle and Cradles To Crayons.
Cradles To Crayons
In May, our staff visited Cradles To Crayons to help out with another worthy mission. Cradles to Crayons focuses their efforts on local children (ages birth to 12) living in low income and homeless situations. They provide these children with the essential items that they need to thrive (clothes, shoes, books, school supplies, etc.).
The Cradles staff looked at our zealous team from Gen3 and deemed that we were perfect to work in their “shoe station”. At Cradles, our group took once dirty (some filthy) shoes and cleaned them up so they looked almost “good as new”. Armed with spray cleaner, rags, scrub brushes and toothbrushes, our staff rubbed grime off of every shoe and under every sole they encountered. Using a great deal of muscle and a positive attitude, no shoe cleaning task was too daunting. See the photos below of our staff at work.
Check out Cradles To Crayons at cradlestocrayons.org to see how they benefit our community and how you can become more involved in their organization by donating children’s clothes, shoes, toys and books.
Mitzvah Circle – Spring 2016
We returned to Mitzvah Circle in late April to continue the great work the team has done during our past events. At Mitzvah Circle, many Gen3’ers sorted donations of clothing, a task that is bigger than one may imagine, because clothes are sorted by gender, age, size, and season.
Volunteers checked clothes for stains to ensure they were in good condition and then put them away in appropriate bins tagged by gender/size/season. Other staff packed boxes for families in need. These boxes were specifically designed for the individual family’s needs, loaded with new toiletries, diapers and wipes, children’s books, and handpicked outfits for each member of the family. Each box also included a hand written note of encouragement for the family.
We learned that Mitzvah Circle always is in dire need of towels, new underwear, and new socks. In addition, we learned that Mitzvah Circle is one of the area’s largest supplier of diapers. In 2015, they distributed more than 550,000 diapers and baby supplies to babies living in poverty. They hope to reach their goal of distributing more than 1 million diapers in 2016.
As always, we encourage everyone to check out Mitzvah’s Circle’s website at MitzvahCircle.org to learn more about their cause and how you can help them in their mission.