Twenty volunteers from Perficient’s St. Louis office recently had a very rewarding day at the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery.
Our team broke up into morning and afternoon shifts on Saturday, June 25, at the St. Charles, Mo., location. I was personally part of the 10-person morning crew, and I brought my 8-year-old daughter along to assist the team and get exposed to helping others in our community.
We started the day by unloading an SUV full of donations that our St. Louis office had collected during a month-long drive.
Then, a Crisis Nursery representative gave us guidelines for the day and talked about the mission of the non-profit agency. The safe haven protects children by providing temporary, 24-hour shelter when their families are experiencing an emergency or crisis.
We broke up into small groups and got to work. One team organized and stowed away donations in storage while another played with the kids at the main facility. My daughter and I joined yet another group at the nursery’s adjacent facility and did laundry and sorted clothes into dressers in the children’s rooms.
The groups rotated throughout the day and participated in a variety of chores and activities. The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery representatives told us they were appreciative of the on-site support and the donations we delivered.
Overall, the day was fantastic. The smiles on the children’s faces were all we needed to know we were having a big impact in the lives of local kids in our community. I’m extremely grateful to my colleagues at Perficient who helped with donations and volunteering on-site.