2019 June Impacts
The Foundation was proud to continue its mission of service in June. In Wheaton, we came together to help brighten the day of the residents of the DuPage Care Center just across town from our office. First Trust employees took home plain flower pots and decorated them with an array of colors, picture and embellishments. The pots were then planted with a variety of different flowers and plants to accommodate different levels of light and residents who may have sensory issues. We delivered the pots to DCC where volunteers shared them with the residents who were thrilled to have a little bit of summer joy brought indoors.
In Austin, the Foundation partnered with Partnerships for Children and held a drive for The Rainbow Room at Austin’s Child Protective Services (CPS). The Rainbow Room is a 24 hour / 7 day resource center located in the CPS office where caseworkers can gather new and essential items needed for the kids in their caseload whose lives are in crisis. Our employees donated items such as diapers and baby wipes along with new clothing and hygiene items for the more than 700 children the Rainbow Room serves each month.
Four baskets were donated to Milton Township for families for their Back-to-School event. Each basket was slightly different but included things to make both inside and outside fun. Bubbles, squirt guns, puzzles, beach balls, coloring books and crayons, card games, light-up glow sticks and fun snacks were among the list of things included.
The Foundation once again held a Foundation Week from June 24-28 in both its Wheaton and its Austin offices in an effort to raise awareness of the Foundation and engage employees. The week’s activities included a robust silent auction, M&M guessing game, firm-wide scavenger hunt and a naming contest for the service dog that we sponsor through NEADS.
Following the great success of last year’s pledge drive in which First Trust employees, combined with a corporate match from First Trust, raised over $25,000 to provide a brand new washer and dryer and a month’s worth of laundry supplies for every single apartment at the Saint Louise House single mother’s home in Austin, we launched our second annual pledge drive on June 27.
This year our goal was to raise another $25,000 for equipment for the 40-acre Sensory Garden Playground in Lisle, IL. The Playground is a combination of sensory-integrated playground equipment and amenities along with gardening areas designed to allow children of all abilities to play together. Our employees did not disappoint! In a matter of hours, we not only met our goal, again with a corporate match, but exceed it. What a wonderful way to demonstrate our commitment and care for our community!!
Pictured below: happy kids spending time at the Sensory Garden Playground!