NetApp, a computer storage and data management company located in the Research Triangle Park, has always been very supportive and involved in community efforts.
This month, however, we were amazed by their generosity. We have been running our annual “Back 2 School Drive,” a book/school supply drive to raise materials for students in need in both Wake and Durham counties. The fundraiser works with companies throughout the park to collect school supplies for at-risk kids. And while we are often impressed by the generosity and incredible giving nature of RTP companies, this month, NetApp took the cake (or, the pie…) with six palettes worth of school supply donations.
NetApp’s twist on our annual drive included a “Pies for Pencils” fundraiser, where volunteers agree to be “pied” up on stage in 15 minute intervals in exchange for donating $/pie towards school supplies. (Note, these are just shaving cream pies, no real pies were harmed during the event.) This year also as an added incentive, employees could pay extra for $20/pie to pie senior leaders. All of the money raised from the pies went towards the donations for the” Back 2 School Drive.” This year just under $6,000 was raised to help kids. Next they worked with local retailers to get supplies during tax-free weekend and put together over 270 backpacks filled with supplies for local students in need.
Though this isn’t the first year NetApp went through these efforts, it still is amazing to see how a company and its employees can come together in such a huge way for the community.
Just imagine if all the companies in RTP came together in an effort like this; picture all of the wonderful things we could do.
If you or your company is ever interested in being more involved in community events like this, please reach out to us and contact Director of RTP Programs, Lisa Jemison, Jemison@rtp.org.
Note: While the “Back 2 School Drive” has officially ended but you can still donate materials/donations through our Amazon page here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/3P0TX8O6S75ET/ref=cm_sw_em_r_ws_0SX0rb0YVKC4G_w
Follow-up: All in all, 600 stocked backpacks (150 more than last year!) were created by RTP companies with an estimated value of approximately $15,000. School supply donations came in from our Community Outreach @RTP Committee Members and their companies, including:
In addition to the stuffed backpacks, an additional 100 lbs. of school supplies were donated to Communities in Schools of Durham and Wake Counties for inner city middle and high school classrooms.