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District of Columbia Housing Authority families recently learned about educational tools they can use to enhance their children’s learning experience thanks to Deloitte volunteers and the D.C. Public Library.

This is the fourth year Deloitte has partnered with DCHA for the annual Impact Day, a national day of community service for the company’s 80,000 employees.

“Deloitte’s dedication to our communities is wonderful and so greatly appreciated. Their annual contribution brings new opportunities to DCHA families. This year’s effort towards child development through their caretakers is fantastic,” said Interim Executive Director Nathan Bovelle. “Ongoing partnerships with companies like Deloitte mean so much to our families.”

Deloitte volunteers organized the parenting and child development event on June 9 at DCHA’s Southwest Family Enhancement and Career Center where the volunteers explained educational computer programs, games, and apps that can teach children math, help them learn more about science, enhance reading skills, and more. Volunteers helped some parents download the apps on their phones. They also showed parents and caregivers resources they can use to compare schools, get homework help, get nutrition tips, and more.

“Every year we sponsor a different set of activities,” said Deloitte Principal Monte Zaben, who leads the account team that serves the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “Housing is on top of the minds of our volunteers so each [year] we come [volunteer] at the housing authority. Because of that, this volunteer effort is really special.”

D.C. Public Library also had a station where their employees were giving out books, signing families up for the summer reading program, and getting library cards. The books were made available through the federal Book Rich Environment initiative that paired 40 public housing authorities across the country with their local libraries. DCHA and DCPL use those books to support the Campaign for the Grade-Level Reading and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library’s Books from Birth program.

In the past three Impact Days, Deloitte volunteers have worked with DCHA residents on improving their employment opportunities, resume building, and community gardening.

 

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Last modified: 6/13/2017 11:56:31 AM