Aug. 23, 2017 – Arise Virtual Solutions Inc., the award-winning leader in on-demand customer contact technology and business process outsourcing (BPO), recently donated more than $7,500 in back to school supplies for underserved children in the South Florida area.
The third annual Fill-A-Backpack Drive, organized by the Arise Community Action Team, increased its reach by 184% since it began in 2015. This year’s effort produced 307 backpacks filled with school supplies, with additional loose supplies to be donated directly to the schools. Arise worked with three schools in Miramar, where the company is headquartered – Sea Castle Elementary, Sunshine Elementary, and Miramar Elementary. The initiative also contributed generously to the Broward Partnership for the Homeless and the Miami Children’s Initiative.
The National Retail Federation estimates that back-to-school supplies may cost a family up to $443. Many low-income families cannot afford the necessary supplies to educate their children, perpetuating the cycle of poverty. The backpacks and supplies enabled South Florida students to return to school prepared.
“We are proud to support this initiative for the 3rd consecutive year. Providing school supplies and backpacks to help students in our community feel prepared for their school year is consistent with our mission – Changing the way the world works. We are changing the world, one backpack at a time!” said Emily Hofer, Chief Human Resources officer at Arise. “These students deserve every opportunity for success and Arise employees are thrilled to partner with Harvest Drive Florida to provide support where we can.”
The Community Action Team pulls Arise employees together to raise thousands of dollars for local, national, and international organizations serving a variety of critical needs in health and family wellness, disaster relief, and suicide prevention, among many others. The majority of Arise’s employee base resides in the Broward and Miami Dade areas, and the activities of this team nurture their connection to the area in which they live and work.
“Stuffing markers and notebooks in backpacks reminded me of my own days in elementary school and the joy of fresh, new supplies at the beginning of the school year,” said Kim Thompson, an Arise employee. “I thank Arise and our Community Action Team for organizing this great event that benefits so many. What a great way to also build a sense of internal pride and accomplishment as a group!”
Arise makes its presence felt in the community in many ways and takes pride in being a good corporate citizen dedicated to improving lives through service.
“I’d like to thank all of the Arise employees who made the third Fill-A-Backpack Drive such a great success with their generosity. They put in time, they made donations, and exhibited great company spirit,” said Karen Thompson, an Arise employee who is a member of the Community Action Team. “There’s very little that compares with seeing the faces of the children when they receive these backpacks.”