The academic summer is coming to an end; as such, back-to-school sales and campaigns dominate the commercial landscape, creating a frenzy within certain children to get the newest and hippest equipment and swag for their new grade. However, there are children whose families cannot afford such luxuries as new backpacks and other school equipment every year. It was to those children of those families that the employees of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.’s Tucson, AZ office turned their attention.
Through the month of July, employees of our Tuscon office bought and filled 47 backpacks with back-to-school supplies for children who would otherwise be without them.
- 18 bags came from customer service
- 14 bags came from the training team
- 15 bags came from the sales team
Bags were divided in two groups based upon whether their style would fit more with high school students or lower school; young adult bags were donated to Youth on Their Own, while children’s bags were donated to the Tucson Unified School District.
Youth on Their Own:
- “Youth On Their Own (YOTO), a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a drop out prevention program that supports the high school graduation of homeless unaccompanied Metro Tucson youth ages 13 (or in 8th grade) through 21. Students are enrolled in public schools—including charter and alternative schools—and are motivated to obtain their high school diplomas despite personal and financial hardship.
- YOTO provides students with financial assistance, basic needs and guidance as they work to obtain their high school diplomas. With community contributions and support, YOTO has assisted over 10,500 students in achieving their educational and personal goals to graduate high school and become self-sufficient, productive adults within their communities.” – Source yoto.org
Our Tucson office donated 35 backpacks to YOTO.
Tucson Unified School District (TUSD):
- TUSD provides school supplies, clothing, and other services to children identified as homeless as defined by the McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act through their Homeless, Refugee, Neglected, and Delinquent Youth and Families office.
- In the 2011-2012 school year, they had 2300 students identified. School started on August 2, 2012, and their office already has 300 students identified for the 2012-2013 school year.
Twelve backpacks were donated to TUSD by our Tucson office.
This is not the first time we at Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. have involved ourselves with our community. In April of 2012, out Greensboro, North Carolina office participated in the March of Dimes 5k walk and we’ve been actively involved in helping small business owners throughout the country through the Clinton Global Initiative. But far from tooting our horn, each new endeavor serves to increase our desire to give back to the community of which we are so much a part.
How does your small business give back to the community that supports it?