Velcro USA forms long-time partnership with Easterseals NH Thanks to Day of Caring
Day of Caring is about community connection and collaboration. The partnership between Easterseals NH and Velcro USA embodies the spirit of community that Day of Caring strives for.
“We have been collaborating with Velcro for over 10 years now. The relationship first began when we were VNA Childcare and grew from there. It has been an amazing experience each year growing with the same staff from Velcro”, says Center Director at Easterseals NH, Kimberly McKenney.
In the past ten years Easterseals NH has utilized Day of Caring volunteers from Velcro to complete projects that simply take a back seat to other priorities. For example, nearly all the classrooms and hallways have been repainted by the Velcro USA volunteer team. But the relationship and service are not just limited to Day of Caring. Many volunteers return on their own time to do more projects throughout the year or stay in contact with staff from the organization.
These special contributions from Velcro USA volunteers over the years has saved Easterseals NH endless time and money. “These resources can then be put back into the program to support both the classrooms and the child. They work in tandem with our maintenance manager and myself to discuss the needs of the program and never shy away from any task. Not only have they donated countless hours over the years, they have shared their own resources and tools to support landscaping and building projects which include creating flower beds, wood benches for the playgrounds and bus pick up area, and a garden area”, says McKenney.
The staff from Easterseals NH and Velcro USA have forged strong bonds and a mutual respect for the work the respective organizations do. Both organizations have benefited from lifelong relationships, an appreciation of both agencies’ work, and a unified goal to put children first as a team. Members from Velcro and Easterseals NH have both expressed how special Day of Caring is to them. Kimberly McKenney says after Day of Caring, “we all leave here beaming”.