YourCause Volunteers Support UN Sustainable Development Goal #4
The Staff from YourCause, provider of CSRconnect Employee Engagement Platform, and their families participated in a volunteer event with Community Partners of Dallas to provide new school supplies and uniforms to over 2,500 Dallas County children. YourCause chose this day of service to align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4: to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. With 37% of children in Dallas County living in concentrated poverty, the lack of basic school supplies and uniforms prohibit children from having the tools needed to actively participate in their education.
“Poverty is a significant issue for our client families. By providing backpacks filled with age appropriate school supplies and new school uniforms to the abused and neglected children we serve, we empower them to start the new school year equipped for success in the classroom,” remarked Paige McDaniel, president and CEO of Community Partners of Dallas (CPD). “It is only with the support of friends like YourCause that this year we will be able to serve close to 3,000 Dallas County children and help them thrive at school,” said McDaniel.
In their first year of participation, YourCause volunteers were responsible for organizing school supplies and uniform inventories, as well as packing backpacks to be distributed to abused and neglected children in Dallas County. The twenty-third Back to School Drive welcomed businesses and individuals to support this critical project. 71% of the Dallas County children served by Community Partners of Dallas reside in a home with an annual income less than $14,000, and are unable to afford basic supplies needed for educational success.
“The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals call for the world’s participation in improving lives everywhere,” stated Cassandra Bennett, Marketing Communications Manager at YourCause. “We are proud to support the UN initiatives and Community Partners of Dallas while serving the children of Dallas. Education is an important factor in improving ones life and any part we can play in that is an honor.”
Community Partners of Dallas continues to accept in-kind donations of school supplies and monetary gifts through August 19th. Their mission is in alignment with multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals developed by the United Nations to lead in seventeen focus areas to help promote and seek action for global development. If you are interested in learning more about Community Partners of Dallas visit: http://www.communitypartnersdallas.org.