Boeing employees’ annual back-to-school drive, Liftoff for Learning, enables Boeing employees to give back to children in the community. This year’s drive proceeds benefitted Boys & Girls Club of Washington, Page Ahead, and FIRST Washington.
By the numbers:
- The Liftoff for Learning drive raised nearly $140,000 for Boeing nonprofit partners
- Boeing employees, friends and family dedicated over 1,000 volunteer hours at 39 back-to-school events
As a result:
- Boys & Girls Club of Washington can provide approximately 5,570 backpacks full of supplies to underserved youth
- Page Ahead can provide approximately 1,060 home libraries to children to increase their literacy skills
- FIRST Washington can provide 145 students with an entire FIRST Lego League season
Long-time Auburn drive lead Kendra Kelly shares the personal importance of the drive, “[These organizations] truly strive to help children lead healthy and productive lives. We all benefit when someone cares and offers a hand up vs. a hand out.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington
Employees volunteered at Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Puget Sound to sort and distribute the thousands of backpacks and supplies purchased with funds raised through the drive. Katya Militmore, Exective Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington State said, “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Boeing employees, and by your ‘above and beyond’ spirit in contributing to this success! As a result of your efforts, thousands of kids are better prepared to head back to school this month, and we all know that when kids succeed in school, they succeed in life!”
A portion of the funds raised in Washington State will go to Page Ahead, an organization that provides literacy services and makes sure low-income families have books in their homes. The books provided through Page Ahead are always a hit with the students.
"Thank you for the book donations because I can't live without them. Thanks to you I can live. It is my life so thank you so much." - Ian
FIRST Washington was also a beneficiary of the drive with proceeds providing an entire FIRST Lego League (FLL) season for 145 students, helping foster interest in technology and teamwork. Here’s what some students had to say about the impact of FLL:
“It taught me to persevere. Before FLL I used to give up sooner. But with robotics, to succeed, you have to keep running the robot over and over again to perfect it. We’re always making slight changes to the way it moves (so it can accomplish the challenge tasks) so we learned to persevere.” – Arin
“It has given me a lot more confidence talking with adults and professionals, and leadership skills. I learned a lot about getting people to work together. For example, noticing their strengths and how to fit them together.” – Camilla
During this year’s drive, Boeing teams competed with each other in an effort to raise the most. The winners in King, Snohomish and Pierce County respectively were “The Charity Cases” from Boeing Auburn, “767 Airframe Engineering” from Boeing Everett and “Team JBLM” from Boeing Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
“I hope to always be surrounded by a great team of compassionate volunteers working to help so many local people succeed. It’s great to work for a company that gives each of us a chance to make a positive difference through annual Employee Drives like Liftoff for Learning,” Kelly added.