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Volunteer Project Connects Youth & Technology

More than 50 RSM volunteers helped put hundreds of books and learning apps into the hands of disadvantaged youth using a Kindle Fire last week. RSM employees worked with youth at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley to set up and learn about how to use a Kindle Fire, and then download and read an age-appropriate book. At the end, volunteers gave the Kindle Fires, purchased by RSM, to participating children for future learning.  
“At RSM, we have a long-standing commitment to supporting the communities where our people live and work,” said Jeff Wobbema, Senior Director of IT Architecture at RSM. “Many of our efforts, such as this one, are focused on enhancing educational outcomes. We’re honored to be able to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley by encouraging ongoing learning.”  
United Way is able to coordinate unique volunteer opportunities for businesses and organizations. In this case, RSM contacted United Way asking for a hands-on project with youth that incorporated their IT skills, and the connection was made to the Boys & Girls Clubs.
“Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley members are so fortunate to work with adults from RSM one-on-one who will guide them through technology while emphasizing the importance of reading. Proficient readers have the opportunity to open doors, which will not only lead to academic success but allow our members to reach their goals and become responsible, caring, and productive citizens,” said Jennifer Garlach, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley. “We want to thank RSM for sharing their time and talent with our club members.” 
“Collaboration and supporting volunteerism are important to United Way,” said Scott Crane, President. “It’s about connecting the volunteer to the organization and experience they want, which ultimately benefits our community."
To find out how United Way can help your organization with a customized volunteer project contact Marci Zogg at 563.344.0334.