Authored by: Iris Garrett
Rewarding, uplifting, and fun. That is how to describe this year’s IB Day of Action. Every August for the past three years, Advocate Capital, Inc. has partnered with The Injury Board to make an impact on our community. This year was no different. This year our team of employees was given the chance to support local children at the Andrew Jackson Boys and Girls Club in downtown Nashville.
There are many ways we could have given back to the youth at the Andrew Jackson Club, but we chose to provide them with resources they could use right now: school supplies. Since the children were returning to class this month, Advocate Capital collected everything from paper and pencils to binders and book bags to help them with the process. Employees from all our departments gathered in one room to assemble and pack the supplies, and because of their efforts, we were able to donate 50 backpacks and hand deliver them to the club.
After dropping the supplies off at the Andrew Jackson Club, the program director, LaReece Mills, gave us a tour of the facility. We discovered not only does the club offer areas for the kids to interact and play after a long day of schoolwork, but it also gives them an opportunity to build upon their own particular interests in the computer lab, art and creativity center, recording studio, as well as the tutoring rooms.
Overall, our experience during the IB Day of Action was extremely worthwhile. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee reaffirmed these feelings when they sent us a letter saying, “Thank you for thinking of the Andrew Jackson Club members by collecting and providing the 50 backpacks with school supplies. It means a great deal to a child to fit in and have all the supplies they need so they are prepared to learn!” (Jennifer Wheeler, BGCMT).
We look forward to taking part in the event again in 2017, but until then, be sure to check out more photos from this year’s IB Day of Action on our Facebook Page!