UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL MARYLAND PARTNERS WITH KPMG LLP, KPMG FOUNDATION AND BETA ALPHA PSI TO PROVIDE BALTIMORE WITH MORE THAN 900 COLLEGE VOLUNTEERS TO PROMOTE CHILDHOOD LITERACY
More than 1,300 local children benefit from day-long literacy-focused program
Baltimore (August 8, 2016) – On August 4, United Way of Central Maryland, KPMG LLP, KPMG Foundation, and Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), came together for a one-day effort to support early education literacy throughout Baltimore City. With the help of more than 900 BAP student and faculty volunteers from across the world, more than 1,300 elementary school students were able to participate in the Beta Alpha Psi International Day of Literacy event.
Volunteers kicked off their day at The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, where they were greeted by former Treasury Under Secretary of Domestic Finance, Mary Miller; United Way of Central Maryland President and CEO, Mark Furst; Beta Alpha Psi President, Shawn Harter; KPMG Baltimore Office Managing Partner, Christine Aspell; and KPMG Executive Director of University Relations and Recruiting.
Blane Ruschak, before being dispatched to 10 summer program locations provided by Baltimore City Schools partner BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), including:
- Alexander Hamilton
- Calvin R. Rodwell
- Garrett Heights
- Highlandtown No. 237
- John Ruhrah
- Maree G. Farring
- Samuel F. B. Morse
- Westport Academy
“Thank you to our friends from KPMG and Beta Alpha Psi who joined us to help more young Baltimore students succeed in school,” said Mark Furst, president and CEO, United Way of Central Maryland. “It takes all of us working together to create a brighter future for our children.”
The literacy-focused programming gave K-5th grade students the opportunity to explore the earth’s seven continents by visiting interactive stations staffed by the college student and faculty volunteers. The children participated in educational games and activities and had their ‘passports’ stamped at each station. Following a book reading, each child was given a brand new book.
“The Beta Alpha Psi International Day of Literacy event was a heartwarming and unforgettable experience for our members and faculty advisors to serve the local community of Baltimore. We enjoyed the wonderful opportunity to spend the day with elementary school students. For many of our members, this was the highlight of their summer,” says Shawn Harter, President of Beta Alpha Psi.
Visiting volunteers donated enough school supplies to fill 200 backpacks provided by the American Institute of CPAs, which will be given to students at three neighborhood schools supported by United Way of Central Maryland. The American Institute of CPAs also donated 2,000 piggy banks for the backpacks and children who participated in today’s Beta Alpha Psi International Day of Literacy.
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About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been empowering families to become self-sufficient by focusing on the building blocks of a better life: education, employment, housing and health. Family Stability is at the heart of this work, which includes helping children be successful in school so they graduate with a bright future; ensuring individuals, children and families have a safe, affordable place to call home; helping people find stable employment that brings in enough income to cover the basics and ensuring our neighbors in need have access to healthy, nutritious food and healthcare. All of this work is supported by the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, a 24-hour, 7-day a week service that provides information and referrals on a variety of health and human service issues to individuals. Program volunteers answered more than 100,000 calls for help in the last fiscal year. United Way is improving lives in central Maryland communities, but no one can create change alone. That’s why United Way of Central Maryland is encouraging individuals to get their friends, colleagues and others involved, to do more in the community and help more families in central Maryland. Together, United Way of Central Maryland, its supporters and its volunteers can empower more families in the communities it serves: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To learn more about the United Way of Central Maryland, visit www.uwcm.org.
About KPMG LLP
KPMG LLP is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s member firms have 174,000 professionals, including more than 9,000 partners, in 155 countries.
About the KPMG Foundation
The KPMG Foundation, a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, operates on donations from KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm. For fiscal year 2016, KPMG donated $8 million to the Foundation. Through the KPMG Foundation, the firm has spent nearly 50 years supporting and developing programs to enhance business education.
About Beta Alpha Psi
Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals; and encouraging a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.
Headquartered in Durham, NC, Beta Alpha Psi has over 300 chapters in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi’s formation.