It’s hard to adopt just one

Jul 02, 2012

In 1989, Amway responded to a challenge to “adopt” an inner-city school. The idea was to focus the company’s resources on a small population, and bring generosity and volunteerism to scale.

We reached crossroads last year, when more than 25 years of dedicated partnership came to a close during school consolidation, which saw the end of our partner school.

After years of helping children read, celebrate events and plan for their futures, there was no way we could walk away. So we worked with the Grand Rapids Public School district to identify another school that could benefit from a school-business partnership.

We narrowed it down to two schools that had dedicated, passionate leadership and a need Amway could help fill. Because our capacity to help has grown over the years, we committed to both Sherwood Park Global Studies Academy and Burton Elementary and Middle Schools.

And what a year it has been.

From tutoring … to book drives … to pen pals … to field days … to career days … to ant-bullying training … to Junior Achievement instruction … we built a new set of programs that once again connect the resources of Amway and the generosity of our employees.

We also renewed our partnership with the Ottawa Hills High – School of Business, Leadership & Entrepreneurship, which means we now have a continuum of support, from kindergarten to grade 12.

When one door closes, another one opens. And sometimes more than one!

Thanks to Michelle Meulendyk and Dawnlynn Suttorp for sharing this story.

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