In April, Independence Blue Crew members were out in full force in celebration of National Volunteer Month, which recognizes American volunteerism and the passionate people across the nation who dedicate their time and talents to serving others. Associates volunteered nearly 1,900 hours at approximately 35 project locations to support community health, local children’s programs, and community improvement projects.
For example, the Blue Crew and members of the Latinos con Proposito associate resource group visited Isaac A. Sheppard Elementary School in North Philadelphia to refresh the teachers’ lounge so that the staff at Sheppard has a cheerful, welcoming place to enjoy lunch and break times. Volunteers also organized books by grade and age in Sheppard School’s library, renovated last year thanks to an Independence gift.
To inspire others both inside and outside the company, Independence executive leaders invited first graders from the Sheppard School to Independence headquarters on Market Street for an extra special interactive story time that featured the book “I Knew You Could” by Craig Dorfman.
Blue Crew volunteers also donated their April Saturdays to initiatives like Project HOME’s Street Clean Up Day and the Happy Hope Factory in South Philadelphia.