Dallas, TX (PRWEB) December 24, 2012
On Saturday, December 15, employees from Fidelity Investments volunteered at five Educational First Steps assisted centers, painting, caring for playgrounds and re-purposing rooms for greater efficiency and educational space. They also assembled a great deal of toys and materials donated by Fidelity that will both improve the physical environment of the classrooms and enhance the educational experience of the children. The donations were specific to each center, carefully determined based upon each center’s needs, desires and the best interest of the students and center staff members. Parents and children of the neighborhoods and Fidelity volunteers worked alongside one another, making Saturday’s efforts true community events.
In addition to these improvements, Fidelity Investments offered its local employees the opportunity to make donations of money and gifts such as toys, books and educational materials. These gifts were presented to the parents, teachers and students of the five centers during a series of holiday parties where the children received personal gifts to open at home and were able to enjoy the new items featured in the centers.
This profound act of generosity was the result of a consulting partnership in which Fidelity offered logistical assistance during the development of the EFS Four Steps to Excellence 2.0 program. Upon learning about the critical nature of the work EFS accomplishes in the community, Fidelity employees were compelled to join the effort and make a difference in the lives of economically disadvantaged North Texas children. Jeff Harris, a Fidelity volunteer leader and host of the Tonae's 24hr Day Care holiday party, stated, “We could feel the impact of Saturday’s volunteer day at the party. When the kids saw the riding toys, they were wide-eyed. Then the other outdoor activity gifts were revealed and they were ecstatic. We very much enjoyed seeing first-hand the smiles on the children’s faces.”
EFS is proud to be a part of such a child-centered, productive partnership and is immensely grateful for the investment Fidelity has made in the lives of EFS-assisted students, teachers, directors and families.