2015 has been a big year for Blue Acorn—growing to 125 employees, making Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest-growing companies (again!), and launching twelve new sites for our clients. But between all of the business accomplishments this year, our employees found time to get out of the office and spend time volunteering. This year, Blue Acorn chose to partner with the Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC) to provide numerous opportunities for employees to give back.
Founded in 1790, the CYDC’s mission is to empower and equip our community’s most vulnerable children by providing a safe environment, educational support, and career readiness, in collaboration with families and community partners. The CYDC’s vision is that all children will have loving and stable families and a nurturing community empowering them to lead successful lives, a mission Blue Acorn supported through several sponsored events in 2015.
If there’s one thing every kid and adult can agree on, it’s bowling! The CYDC and Big Brothers Big Sisters host an annual Bowl for Kids Sake to raise funds and promote the program. Blue Acorn also sponsored the second annual Tech Bowl for Kids sake at The Alley, and even took home the spirit award.
To kick off the summer, Blue Acorn organized a field day for all of the CYDC’s kids to enjoy the sunshine. We provided food and entertainment including jump castles, corn hole, life-size Jenga, ladder golf, water balloon toss, a face painting and balloon animal decorative artist, whiffle ball and more! Zombie Bob’s pizza truck was the highlight of the day. Even our clients joined us in support of the CYDC: Insect Lore generously provided each child with one of their signature Butterfly Garden Kits. The kids loved watching the caterpillars turn into butterflies weeks after the field day fun was over.
No matter how hot it gets, everyone in Charleston loves a Riverdogs baseball game in the summer. We made sure that the kids at the CYDC could enjoy America’s favorite pastime by sponsoring a night at the game with plenty of cracker jacks and Riverdogs gear for each child.
As the holidays approached, a crew of Blue Acorn elves continued our tradition of decorating the CYDC’s Ledford House, a group home for youth who have not been placed with a family or who are in transition from a more structured program. A tree and ornaments, outdoor lights, and cookie decorating helped the kids get into the holiday spirit and made the house feel more like a home for the holidays.
Here’s a recap of other ways other ways we spent our time volunteering in 2015:
-8th Annual Charleston Dragon Boat Festival
-Driving for Downs Golf Tournament
-Lowcountry Heart Walk
-The Loophole Charity Golf Tournament
-Charleston Parks Conservancy day of service
-Charleston Animal Society Celebrity Chili Cook-off
-Tricounty Family Ministries coat and toy drive