Today's guest post is provided by Yun Oudaha, Quality Engineer at ReadyTalk. She shares her experience volunteering with other employees. ReadyTalk provides all employees with 20 hours of paid volunteer time to use to support local causes.
2014 started off with a great volunteer opportunity with Clothes to Kids.
Clothes to Kids is an organization in Denver that provides new and quality used clothing to school-aged kids in Denver County that may not otherwise be able to afford them. Originally started in Florida, the Denver organization started in 2007.
I met Katie Jones, the Executive Director for Clothes to Kids, at the Volunteer Fest Colorado hosted by Metro Volunteers in April last year. I was looking around for organizations that had opportunities for groups like ReadyTalk to volunteer with, and happened to stumble across their table. After finding out about their organization and what their needs were, it sounded like they had the perfect volunteer opportunity for us to help out with. We set up a volunteer date, and had 9 volunteers sign up.
We participated in their Undie 500 drive and collected 127 pairs of new underwear and 129 pairs of new socks along with a monetary donation from the Charitable Contributions Committee. This year we had 11 ReadyTalkers volunteer, 10 being new volunteers! The great thing about having a lot of volunteers is that they can schedule more families to come in to shop. With 11 of us there, it allowed them to have 5 shoppers to help 45 children and youth pick out clothes while the rest of us helped in the back tagging, hanging, sorting, and re-stocking clothes. We also made another monetary donation that allowed them to buy an entire pallet of new socks and underwear.
An additional plus of the day was that it was fun getting to know other ReadyTalkers. ReadyTalk has 2 floors in our building and most people on the different floors and departments don’t get to interact with each other much, so it was nice to have the opportunity to change that.
Everyone had a good time and were excited at the prospect of being able to go back and volunteer again one day. Our goal is to return every 6 months to help out during their busy back to school time. We will probably participate in their Undie 500 drive again this year and possibly sponsor their fundraising event. Hopefully we will continue to get new volunteers to come out along with returning ones. It is a great feeling knowing we are helping out the community, and especially with Clothes to Kids, knowing they can schedule more families than normal when we come in and how much they appreciate us.
And we all went out to Larkburger after we finished! Yum!
If you would like to find out more about Clothes to Kids, visit them on their Facebook page or their website: http://clothestokidsdenver.org/