ELU members participated in unique opportunities in December to spread holiday cheer to Berks County.
In December ELU members:
- Collected gifts benefitting students who work with United Way Agency Partner Communities in Schools (CIS).
- Partnered with Youth Volunteer Corps to host a holiday fun evening for the residents of Dayspring Homes.
- Put on our ugliest holiday sweaters to wrap the collected gifts from CIS for a fun social at 3rd and Spruce Drafthaus.
- Hosted our annual holiday party for the Oakbrook Olivet Boys and Girls Club kiddos with Reading Truck.
Throughout the year YOU have:
- Participated in close to 40 opportunities, with more than half of them being volunteer-focused initiatives.
- Partnered with Olivet Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hope Rescue Mission, FREE (Freedom and Restoration for Everyone Enslaved), Tri-Valley YMCA, Claire House, Literacy Council, Lighthouse, Oakbrook Community Gardens, Rock Hollow Woods, and many more.
- Collected over 1,100 personal care items for individuals and families impacted by domestic violence.
- Raised over $1,000 for Ready.Set.READ! by participating in our inaugural Kickball Tournament.
Additional highlights from the year were:
- Partnering with ELU Cabinet Member Amanda Funk, Director of the Widoktadwen Center for Native Knowledge, to forage for food with Big Brothers Big Sisters COUL Club.
- Hosting a Taco Tuesday-themed meal for the families at Safe Berks.
- Providing lunch to ELU members while learning about the work of Cafe Esperanza and the impact they are having in our community.
- Hosting virtual sessions educating about the work of New Journey Community Outreach, Barrio Alegria, and the work of United Way of Berks County in the area of ALICE.
Thank you for the impact YOU made in 2023 ELU! We cannot wait to see what you will do in 2024.