#SuccessStartsHere: Volunteers

Every year, our corporate partners spend over 4,000 hours volunteering their time and talents to Easter Seals North Georgia. Volunteers read to and play with children, clean and sanitize classrooms or do something unique. One such group was from Turner Broadcasting.

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Employees across Turner Broadcasting System – which includes CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network, Turner Sports and many more – donated more than 2,000 books for infants to five-year-old children and their parents.

Team lead Colleen Sullivan met with ESNG several times to develop a plan for a new library in our Sylvan Hills location. Then, on Thursday, September 15, a team of 17 volunteers came to our child development center to do some hard work. For more than four hours, they built, painted and created the most beautiful library our kids have ever seen. Continue reading “#SuccessStartsHere: Volunteers”

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Monthly wrap up – April

Awareness: 

April is a month in which we shine a light on autism spectrum disorder. We learn the signs and symptoms in young children, learn about therapies that can help children play and communicate, and meet children who received therapies to help them start school healthy and ready to learn. One of those children is Jacob. Read his story here.

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In April, we also recognize the importance of volunteers. We spotlighted the work of one particular group, SIG, and the recycling project they helped implement at our Mansell center. Read that story here.

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Around ESNG: 

This month two of our centers, Warsaw and Madison County, joined Premier Academy in receiving the prestigious Quality Rating from the Department of Early Care and Learning: Bright From the Start. According to Bright From the Start, “Quality Rated is Georgia’s system to determine, improve, and communicate the quality of programs that provide child care.” We are thrilled to be recognized for our staff’s hard work to educate vulnerable children in Atlanta and northeast Georgia.

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Families at our Madison County center had a great time at the Home Depot’s Build with Dad. We love to incorporate fun ways to foster family time and to learn through doing. This is yet another great example of putting that into action.

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One of the groups that came out to volunteer at our centers in April was Comcast NBC Universal. On Saturday, April 23, a day that they dedicate to volunteering in our community, a large group came to our Warsaw center. They cleaned, sanitized, and decorated the center since the children were out for the weekend. They also built a much-needed shed! Thank you, Comcast NBC Universal, and all the volunteer groups that helped us this month.

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Thank you: 

Speaking of Thank You, we wanted to dedicate a special shout-out to this year’s sponsors for Topgolf. A huge woot to the following companies on behalf of the entire organization!

Comcast, CVS, Mitsubishi Electric, Century 21, US Foods, Jones and Kolb, PNC Bank, Creative Mischief, Fraternal Order of Police, Insperity, Cox Automotive and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

It’s not too late to sign up for the event. Check out topgolfevent.com for more information and to register.

 

Loving Mother Earth and Our Volunteers

“We were able to set up a recycling program inside the classrooms and play games about recycling with the children, it was fun for everyone!” SIG Volunteer Collin Shepard

Since this month we celebrate Earth Day and appreciate the work of our volunteers, we thought we’d spotlight a great recycling project one of our volunteer groups did at our Mansell location.

In April 2015, ESNG had the pleasure of hosting a volunteer group from Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) – a company’s whose mission is to “improve the built environment to inspire stewardship of the natural environment”. They quickly fell in love with Easter Seals’ mission, the child development center, and of course the children.

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For the past year, a group from SIG has come out to Mansell and played with and read to the children several times. Last October they wanted to do something different. They worked with ESNG’s Volunteer Coordinator Linda to implement a recycling program at the center. They didn’t want just to show up with recycling bins and talk to the teachers, though. They knew it was important to teach the children about recycling and the part they play in our environment.IMG_5376

They started the project off by reading about recycling to the children.

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Then, they did some great interactive activities with the children just to bring home how easy it is to recycle. “My favorite part about volunteering with Easter Seals is interacting with the kids through games and coloring,” said volunteer Lyndsay Webb.

Lastly, they put one recycling bin in each class, one large bin in the lobby, and set up a monthly pick up for us.

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It has been such a great project for both parties involved. Norma Center, director of development at ESNG, said of the event, “It was so great to use the talents of a volunteer group like SIG in one of our centers. I think the kids and teachers really enjoy what they learned today and will continue the project for years to come.”

SIG definitely felt the same one. One volunteer summed up the project perfectly. “Teaching about recycling at Easter Seals was one of my favorite volunteer projects. We love educating the community about sustainability, especially children!” said Charlie Cichetti.

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An extra gift for the project came in February when ESNG received the Green Apple Award from the US Green Building Council – Georgia. SIG nominated us for the award.

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Kids can volunteer, too!

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’ – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Monday, January 16, we will celebrate the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King. An excellent way to do this is to come together to serve your neighborhoods and communities. Oftentimes these events are for people over 18 years old, but there are many kid-friendly activities everyone can do. We encourage you to gather your family members and participate in the MLK Day of Service. If that’s not possible, any of these ideas can be done year round.

  1. Help a neighbor in need – Winter is the season of joy, snow and sicknesses. See if you and your family can help a family who is feeling under the weather. Your children can walk their dog, collect their mail or rake leaves. deed-clipart-chores-kids-can-do
  2. Organize a board game day at your local senior center – Your children can collect board games and some friends to visit a local assisted living facility or nursing home. Both seniors and your children will enjoy an afternoon of cards or Battleship together. GAMES
  3. Pick up litter – Find a safe spot – perhaps your neighborhood, school or park – to beautify. Children will learn the importance of a litter-free environment while enjoying the outdoors.download
  4. Make a no-sew blanket – Blankets bring more than just warmth to those in need. A no-sew blanket is a great way for your child to help her community members in need. sewing-clip-art-as5807
  5. Plant a garden – Okay, this one may be more suited for the Spring, but you can start planning now! Planting a garden will show your children where food comes from, the basics of food science and the importance of sharing the bounty with the community members who do not have enough to eat.  Garden
  6. Make cards for senior citizens, military service members or children in foster care – Everyone enjoys a card! Spend a cold afternoon making holiday (valentines, birthday, Christmas) cards for those who need them the most. children arts and craft
  7. Keep the air clean – promote bike-riding and carpooling at your school to reduce traffic and air pollution. kids-riding-bikes-clipart-MiLLzXd9T
  8. Welcome kit – your children and their friends can create a welcome kit to new students at their school. It can include favorite restaurants and fun things to do. Group1[1]
  9. Collect items for local nonprofits – Community nonprofits are always accepting donations. Pick your favorite organization (ESNG, anyone?) and collect canned food, diapers, socks, toys, books…canned-food-drive-posters-21241533_BG1
  10. Raise money for local nonprofits – There are many ways your children can collect money for your favorite community organization: pet wash, lemonade stand, garage sale…il_340x270.461348538_lwe7

All of us at Easter Seals North Georgia hope you have a great MLK Day and are able to take the opportunity to help your community become better!

Have you and your family done any of these activities? Do you have any ideas to add?