Over the summer, Sears Holdings’ Latino Resource Group (LRG) and its African American Network, both a part of the company’s larger Associate Resource Group, organized a back-to-school supplies drive in partnership with the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.
“Our goal was simple,” said Marsha Castro-Smith, president of SHC’s LRG. “We wanted to help out children within our community and supply them with the tools they needed to be successful in the school year. The donations we received were 100 percent associate-funded from my Sears Holdings colleagues. This drive, along with many others, makes me proud to work for a company where so many associates share the same passion for giving back to our community.”
With Chicago Public Schools heading back to classes last week, our associates donated over 150 backpacks filled with school supplies to the Hope Institute Learning Academy in downtown Chicago.
“The academy is a charter school where nearly 26 percent of students are on the autism spectrum and 95 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch,” said Alyssa McGaha, manager of strategic talent solutions, who also oversees diversity and community outreach for SHC.
“It was a proud moment getting to deliver these supplies firsthand to these children in need and see their excitement and gratitude. Community engagement is one of the key activities our Associate Resource Groups participate in,” McGaha said “I want to recognize the Latino Resource Group and African American Network for their tremendous efforts.”
Below are some pictures captured with the students of Hope Institute Learning Academy.