Easterseals is an organization that works to help people with disabilities. They provide services for children, parents, seniors, caregivers, and veterans. Some of the services they provide include early childhood intervention, child development centers, job training and placement, and music therapy. Easterseals centers and services are located in Philadelphia and across the country.
On Thursday March 29th and Friday March 30th, Promise Corps set out to give back and help an organization that pours their heart into helping others. We arrived at Easterseals bright and early. It was then that we met with some of their staff, as well as the Playworks AmeriCorps members who were going to help us with the work as well. After we participated in a brief icebreaker, Bethany rolled out our assignments and the building we would each be placed in.
Half of the members stayed at the Easterseals headquarters, and the other half went to the elementary school. Once we were there we started cleaning, wiping down the walls, taping the edges of the room, and painting with a purpose! After two days of painting, the rooms looked a little brighter and more colorful. I’m so excited for the kids and teachers to see their newly painted rooms! It was also really great to be able to spend some time with other members in Promise Corps and meet new members of Playworks.
Thank you to the Easterseals staff for being so welcoming and allowing us into your workspace. I will definitely take you up on your offer and be back to see the work you do with the kids!
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It is not.”
– Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
– Yaczin Hernandez, College & Career Ambassador at Overbrook High School