The Arizona Builders Alliance participated in a school supply drive to donate school supplies to over 550 children at two campuses of Children First Academy.
A total of almost $20,000 was collected by more than 100 ABA member companies between July and August of this year.
The Arizona Builders Alliance began collecting new backpacks for underprivileged children in the summer of 2010. The collection was so popular with member companies that it was expanded the following year to include basic school supplies for all grade levels, according to a press release.
In 2012, the Arizona Builders Alliance’s Community Service Board partnered with Children First Academy, a non-profit charter school with campuses in Tempe and Phoenix. One hundred percent of the school’s students and their families are at or below the poverty line and a vast majority of the students are homeless, stated the release. The Phoenix campus has approximately 300 students and the Tempe campus has 250 students.
Because of the generosity of ABA members, the ABA’s Community Service Board was able to provide every student with all needed supplies, backpacks, and schedule planners. Because of the surplus of donations, all teachers were given large supplies of Antibacterial Wipes, Tissues, and Hand Sanitizers. And both schools were provided with many snacks to distribute to students as needed, the release stated.
In addition, to collecting, ordering, and receiving supplies, Arizona Builders Alliance Members spent one day inventorying and dividing up school supplies and two days distributing school supplies to the children to shouts of “Thank You!”
“The appreciation that the students, teachers, and administration express when we distribute the supplies in early August is heart-warming. The excitement and gratitude is clear the moment each child enters the room. The wonderfully positive response we’ve gotten from our members, as well as CFA, has made the drive something we look forward to every year,” stated Erica Lange, assistant executive director for the ABA, in the release.
This year’s School Supply Drive was managed by ABA affiliate member, Lea Cheshareck of Anova Furnishings. The Arizona Builders Alliance’s Community Service Board, chaired by Josh Marriott of McCarthy Building Companies, also manages an annual toy drive and cell phone for soldiers drive, stated the release.
The ABA exists for the purpose of advancing the productivity and profitability of our members and the construction industry. The ABA is an affiliation of the Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. and the Associated General Contractors of America. Celebrating its 21st year in 2015, the Arizona Builders Alliance is proud to service the construction industry through advocacy, education, and networking opportunities in the state of Arizona.