Boeing employee drive raises more than $135,000 for kids in Washington

Total from 'Liftoff for Learning' includes employee donations and the Boeing match

October 22, 2018 in Our Community

Washington student Bronson shows off on the new books he received courtesy of Boeing employees and Page Ahead.

Photo courtesy Page Ahead

Boeing employees’ annual back-to-school drive, Liftoff for Learning, raised $135,626 for Washington kids in need as they returned to school.

Thanks to Boeing employees, the total raised surpasses the total 2017 by 23%. In addition, 215 employees volunteered over 500 hours for the effort.

“When Boeing employees see a need, they respond,” said Ruth Berk, Boeing Global Engagement Specialist. “This year’s Liftoff for Learning effort is a great example. Employee teams actually have a competition to see who can raise the most.”

A portion of the funds raised in Washington state went go to Page Ahead, an organization that provides literacy services and makes sure low-income families have books in their homes.

“This year’s drive provided home libraries to more than 1,200 children in need,” said Susan Dibble, executive director of Page Ahead. “That is how the generosity of Boeing employees is making a better life for children and families in Puget Sound. Thank you so much for all you are doing to make sure all children have a chance to read and succeed.”

During this year’s drive, the team that raised the most was “Charity Cases” from Boeing Auburn raised $4,400 with the P-8 team in Seattle come in second, providing nearly $3,600.

The 2018 drive benefitted more than 5,000 children and teens in need who received a year’s worth of backpacks and supplies from Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington. The drive also benefitted 1,200 at-risk children will increase their literacy skills by receiving 17,400 new books from Page Ahead and 157 low-income students will be granted an entire FIRST Lego League season with FIRST Washington.

“Clean new backpacks and quality school supplies provide a solid foundation for every child’s learning,” said Katya Miltimore, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington. “Boeing employees’ contributions are playing a key role in the success of these kids.”

Company-wide $280,000 was raised at employee drives around the world.

By Todd Kelley

Washington student Izabella shows off on the new books he received courtesy of Boeing employees and Page Ahead.

Photo courtesy Page Ahead