As a part of our yearly charitable giving and volunteer efforts, the employees at Realityworks recently took part in a local Fill-a-Backpack Challenge.
About the Challenge
Despite increased employment in our community, poverty and homelessness have continued to rise in the Eau Claire area since 2008. Each year, the Eau Claire Area School District serves nearly 11,000 students and 48% are living at or below the poverty level (per school poverty rate 26% -81%). These percentages represent nearly 5,000 children and young adults who are living at or below the poverty level. Often these families are unable to afford necessities that support a happy healthy student. Children in these families often lack the necessary supplies critical to academic achievement. Ensuring that children have the necessary supplies to participate in school can reduce truancy, promote learning and build positive self-esteem.
Realityworks employees teamed up in seven groups and competed to see who could fill the most backpacks in a two-week period. This year, the teams chose to support the following local schools: Cadott Elementary, DeLong Middle, Lakeshore Elementary, Longfellow Elementary, Manz Elementary, Meadowview Elementary, and Putnam Heights Elementary.
Overall, the Realityworks team was able to support 63 students with the supplies they need to start their school year right.
Charitable Giving as a Company Philosophy
Each year Realityworks employees get the opportunity to nominate organizations to receive contributions of volunteer hours or outright donations for program assistance. Our community can look to us for support and assistance. Additionally, employees are encouraged to participate in local organizations’ committees and directional boards as a way to better our community through service. We can’t wait to share more of these great opportunities with you!