Jessica Nolan is the chair of ReadyTalk’s Charitable Contributions Committee—an employee-drive committee supports non-profit organizations that create a positive impact on the community.
For the second year in a row, 10 ReadyTalk employees visited nearby Brown Elementary School to volunteer for Junior Achievements’ JA in a Day Program. This program utilizes the JA curriculum to facilitate group activities and teach important financial literacy skills and concepts. Employees were paired up and assigned a classroom of 20-30 kids in 1st grade through 4th grade.
I had the privilege of teaching with Seth Goings, a ReadyTalk engineer, in a 3rd grade classroom with a focus on “Our City.” The students were so impressed when Seth introduced himself and told them that he is a software developer. During the day, we learned about zoning, the characteristics of cities, and how people and businesses in cities manage their money. Each child was able to open their own business, create a budget, and learn the difference between expenses and revenue. My favorite part of the day was when one girl asked, “Will you be visiting again tomorrow? This is so much fun!” To learn more about the organization or to sign up to volunteer visit http://www.jacolorado.org/).
In 2013, ReadyTalk’s Charitable Contributions Committee started a great relationships with the Mountain Range High School MESA / FTC Robotics Team. ReadyTalk employee Samantha Mizzi found out about the team from a former coworker who was lamenting how hard it was to get his company to donate to the team. First thought – ReadyTalk to the rescue!
After some quick introductions, Scott Schankweiler (teacher/mentor for the team) and a handful of MRHS students visited the ReadyTalk office to present to our Charitable Contributions Committee. ReadyTalk’s Charitable Contributions Committee (CCC) is an employee-driven committee that allocates $80,000 each year to support numerous local non-profits. The CCC members were impressed with the polished, well-rehearsed presentation about what the team has accomplished so far, and some of the things they could achieve with a little financial help. The after school program was running with no outside funding. The committee decided to donate $2,000 to assist in sending the team to compete for the National Championship in Oregon. They ended up winning first prize with their prosthetic arm! We were proud to see they competed in the ReadyTalk Geek shirts we had provided.
Just last month, the MRHS team was back in the ReadyTalk office with more news on their achievements. In one year, their participation doubled, and with the donation were able to afford kits for 2 teams of students. The CCC decided to support them again for the competition this year to help purchase a 3-D printer which will be used to build robotic parts. We look forward to continuing this positive relationship and celebrating these young people’s achievements now and in the future!