If you’re looking for an easy way to leave the world a little better next month, look no further than the first floor elevator lobbies of Holman headquarters at 2001 and 4001. Employees will be running two different collections drives during July, and here’s the lowdown:
In the past four months, ARI’s Accounts Receivables team raised money for three different charities, and the prime mover behind these efforts was Michael Gallo. This time Mike has gone rogue: he’s single-handedly collecting new and used children’s books for Book Smiles, a children’s literacy nonprofit that allows under-served children to build personal libraries. You might remember that ARI’s Stacy Shenker, who’s a friend of Book Smiles’ founder, ran a similar collection last year.
Book Smiles collects, sorts, and creatively distributes gently used books, focusing on developing literacy skills at infancy so children can read before kindergarten. In addition to giving books directly to families, it also provide educators with free books for their classrooms, and encourages those teachers to become social activists by gathering and distributing children’s books. So if you’re wondering what to do with those books that your children have outgrown, here’s a great opportunity to give them a second life with kids that can really use them.
Meanwhile, ARI’s Alexandra Foxhill — who among other things is a “big” (a mentor) in our Big Brothers Big Sisters “Beyond School Walls” program — is traveling to Cuba to celebrate the 50th birthday of a family member. And when the Foxhills travel, they try to do some good along the way. The family heard that there are many basic consumer and hygiene products that are in short supply on that island nation; local and international political forces were already buffeting Cuba, but the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm to hit the island in 80 years, has left the battered citizens reeling.
And it’s not only the people who have suffered: animals and pets, whose lives were very difficult before the storm because of widespread poverty, are now living in the streets and in dumpsters in record numbers. In response the Foxhills are not only collecting for the people of Cuba, but also for the animals.
To see details of what you can donate to Alexandra’s collection, please see below.