High schools and colleges around the country participate in troop support actitivities to benefit our outreach programs. Locally in Columbia, Missouri where our corporate office is located, we've had students from the high schools and colleges volunteer frequently. This year, four of those groups earned the President's Volunteer Service Group Award.
The local high schools, Muriel Battle, David H. Hickman, and Rockbridge, bring students and teachers into the warehouse on a weekly basis. The teachers' goals are for the students to learn job skills, employer expectations, and appropriate behaviour in a work environment. The students spend time sorting donated items for the care packages to troops overseas and preparing literature for shipping to recruiters.
From the University of Missouri, the Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Fraternity bring members to our office and warehouse monthly to work toward an organization goal of total volunteer hours. Part of the mission of the fraternity is community service and the college students chose to work with a nonprofit that supports the troops.
This is the second year that both Hickman and Rockbridge High School students have earned the Bronze President's Volunteer Service Award, and the first time for the students from Battle High School and Beta Alpha Psi have received the award.
Together, the four groups had a combined 1055 hours of volunteer service. Each week, the students come in and help prepare the donations the Care Package Project™ receives for pack days. The students from the University have also helped prepare items for pack days, as well as helping prepare merchandise for the EGA Shop.