GeoInsight Employees Volunteer in Support of Kiwanis "Warm the Children" Initiative

November 20, 2013


GeoInsight's Connecticut office is gearing up for another holiday season by giving back to the local community.  In collaboration with Middletown Connecticut's Kiwanis organization, we are collecting office donations for Thanksgiving meals and participating as shoppers with the Warm the Children program, which will provide necessary clothing to more than 600 local children this year.    

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Warm the Children is a national program that operates on a local level, managed by volunteers from each community it serves. Funds are raised locally through a cooperative effort of local newspapers and community volunteers (such as the Kiwanis).

 

Learn more about Warm the Children

The Warm the Children program provides new basic and warm winter clothing and footwear for needy children, from birth through age 15, in the greater Middletown area. 

The families are referred to the program by various sources including the public elementary and middle schools in Middletown, Portland, Cromwell, East Hampton and Regional School District 13 Durham-Middlefield, CRT’s Head Start, Middletown Adult Education’s Even Start, as well as the Middlesex Hospital’s Family Advocacy programs and the Salvation Army. 

Based upon funding availability, Warm the Children establishes the number of children to be served during the winter. Each agency/school is then given an allotment of referrals they can make for the season.

Once the school/agency teams have identified the children of families with the greatest need, information regarding Warm the Children is sent home to the parent/guardian. If they consent to participate in the program, the school/agency contact provides Warm the Children with the parent/guardian contact information and the name(s) and age(s) of the child(children) to be served.

The Warm the Children coordinator receives the information and issues a purchase order for each family to be served. The family is then assigned to one of about 140 Warm the Children volunteer shoppers (such as the GeoInsight Staff).

The volunteer shoppers contact their assigned family and subsequently meet the parent/guardian. Together they shop for new clothing (up to $80 per child, under age 2 up to $40). The parent/guardian takes the clothing/footwear home, and the Warm the Children fund is billed.

All donations and grants to Warm the Children are used to purchase new clothing. There is no payroll; the program is all volunteer.
 

-The Middletown Press

 

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