Liftoff for Learning is an annual drive for Boeing employees to give students a community of support, ignite a passion for learning and empower them to stay in school. This year’s drive focused on providing academic and mental health support to local students. Thank you to all the amazing volunteers that made this possible!
By the numbers:
- The Liftoff for Learning drive raised more than $100,000 for Boeing nonprofit partners.
- Boeing employees contributed 560 volunteer hours at 22 back-to-school related events, and signed up to mentor and inspire youth alongside seven community partners.
The $100,000 collected is made up of donations, gift matching, team volunteer matching, in-kind donations, funds raised from a silent auction, and cafeteria donations.
During the drive, Boeing Global Engagement hosted Lunch and Learn sessions with Boeing Familia and Boeing Women Inspiring Leadership to drive further community involvement.
“While I have always felt that helping kids have access to books is important, I never felt it more urgently than I did this last year,” remarked Susan Dibble, the Executive Director for Page Ahead. “We received so many requests for help, from both educators and parents. So to have the support of Boeing employees through Liftoff for Learning is especially meaningful. Students were so excited that they would still have a chance to choose new books to read and to keep for their own home libraries!”
Page Ahead helps prove access to new books and support early literacy. They believe that children should be able to see their lives and experiences reflected in the books they read. Page Ahead sources diverse books and stories to help students feel recognized and excited about reading.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington focus on providing back-to-school supplies for Club kids, such as backpacks, notebooks, and calculators. Throughout the pandemic, they have committed to staying connecting with their local communities by providing onsite care, virtual programming, academic support, food distribution, and community resources. They also helped support children of essential workers such as medical professionals, first responders, grocery store employees, among others.
InvestED helps equip students in over 600 high schools with the tools they need to be successful in school. Liftoff for Learning donations will be used to provide social-emotional support, workbooks, internet service and devices to students who are in unstable housing, experiencing homelessness and whose families are struggling financially.
Thank you to all the amazing volunteers and donators that made this drive a success.
By Carolyn Gatlin