Last week, United Way of Central Maryland, KPMG Foundation, KPMG LLC and Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) came together to support Baltimore area children through early education literacy. With the help of more than 900 BAP student and faculty volunteers from around the world, middle and elementary school students were able to participate in the Beta-Alpha-Psi Around the World International Day of Literacy event.
Volunteers started the day with a kickoff event at The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, greeted by former U.S. Treasury Under Secretary of Domestic Finance Mary Miller who encouraged students to remember, “you have a real opportunity to influence young people for the better.” United Way of Central Maryland President & CEO Mark Furst shared how KPMG volunteers were instrumental in helping with the first Project Homeless Connect in Baltimore years ago and how the event has grown to be the largest in the country. “I am disappointed we are the largest Project Homeless Connect in the country,” said Furst. “But literacy – education – is the way out of poverty.”
After the inspirational kickoff, volunteers headed to 10 different public schools throughout Baltimore to engage students with the literacy program, which included activities, laughter, educational games like iSpy in China, and more. At Barclay elementary, volunteers and students participated in a fun freeze dance and heard from from Beth Littrell and Natalie Dixon. These United Way of Central Maryland staff shared how critical these summer school programs are not just for learning but also to provide meals and a safe space for local children. (To learn more, check out our post on Safe Summer Haven). For many of these children, it’s not just the education that helps, but the time volunteers spend one-on-one letting them know someone cares.
“The Beta Alpha Psi International Day of Literacy event was heartwarming and unforgettable experience for our members and faculty advisors. For many of our members, this was the highlight of their summer,” said Shawn Harter, President of Beta Alphi Psi.
Volunteers also donated school supplies to fill 200 backpacks, provided by the American Institute of CPAs, which were given to students at three neighborhood schools supported by United Way of Central Maryland. There were also 2,000 piggy banks included in the backpacks to help students learn to save.
“Thank you to our friends from KPMG and Beta Alpha Psi who joined us to help more young Baltimore student succeed in school,” said Mark Furst.
For more than 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been improving lives in the communities it serves: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County and Howard County, Maryland.
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