Making a Difference: Rachel Karrer Gives Comfort to Families with Sick Children

May 19th, 2015

Karrer_Rachel sm“My family and I started volunteering at Ronald McDonald House about 10 years ago,” says Rachel Karrer, Education Coordinator for the Lexmark Center for Children in Illinois. Rachel participates in the Adopt-A-Meal program. She and a group of friends visit every month to make breakfast for the visiting families.

“Over the years I have been continually amazed at the dedication of the volunteers and staff that support those families who are going through a tough time. Those individuals put a lot of time and their own money into keeping the Louisville House a home away from home for families in need and I have been proud to be even a small part of that,” says Rachel.

Rachel applied for and received a $250 Gleason Grant for the Ronald McDonald House in honor of her volunteer work.

“When I received the Gleason Grant, I was proud that something I had done would help contribute to a place that means so much to me,” says Rachel. “It is amazing how much a simple meal and a listening ear can do to help ease the burden of people who have so much on their shoulders.”

Any Bright Horizons employee or a group of employees who volunteers at least 20 hours a year with a qualified nonprofit organization* is eligible to apply for a Foundation grant. Larger grants are available in honor of those who volunteer more than 100 hours a year.

The Foundation recognizes the Bright Horizons volunteers who are making a difference in the communities where we live and work through volunteering, engagement, and fundraising.  Volunteers can be Foundation grant recipients, Community Champions, volunteers hosting Brightening Lives Activities, and/or groups or individuals fundraising for the Foundation. If you or someone you know should be recognized, please contact the Foundation at bhfoundation@brighthorizons.com.

*Please see our Funding Guidelines for more information on eligible organizations.

 

 

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New Bright Space® Created for Children with Open Abuse and Neglect Court Cases

May 12th, 2015

CASA BSCASA of Adams and Broomfield Counties in Colorado teamed up with the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children® to create a Bright Space in the Adams County Courthouse for kids with open abuse and neglect cases. The space will serve as a safe, comfortable, and kid-friendly alternative to the stark wooden benches in the courtrooms.

CASA Advocates have always encouraged their CASA kids to attend court when appropriate to nurture self-efficacy, confidence, and empowerment. Judges have also made efforts for the kids to attend the court hearings to put a face to the child whose future they hold in their hands. Through the eyes of a child, one can imagine that the courtroom filled with strange faces, adults in suits, and a person in a black robe can undoubtedly be intimidating and maybe even frightening. For this reason, the idea of a Bright Space within the courthouse was born.

Over the past several months, CASA and Bright Horizons worked together to plan, design, and execute the Bright Space project. Volunteers and Bright Horizons staff physically transformed the area from a sterile eggshell white to a CASA-colored space filled with furniture and a range of age-appropriate items.

CASA Advocates now have a cozy functional space to bring their CASA kids as they wait for the court hearing to be called. CASA kids can sit with their advocates before and after court to discuss the proceedings, read, have a snack, play a game, or color a picture instead of wait anxiously in a large courtroom.

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Making a Difference: Racing Toward a Brighter Future

May 11th, 2015

Melissa de PazExciting things are happening at the Foundation because of people like you and people like employee Melissa de Paz, Education Coordinator at Bright Horizons at Westchester Executive Park in New York. Melissa has long been passionate about the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children® and has hosted and participated in several Walk Ons, bakes sales, etc.

That’s why when her brother, a founding member of NDP Motorsports and avid car-racer wanted his racing company to support a nonprofit, she immediately thought of us. Earlier in March they had their first race of the season at the Pirelli World Challenge and took second place!

NDP Motorsports is raising money to cross the finish line and make their dreams come true while also making a positive change in the lives of children and families. Race for A Dream is NDP Motorsports’ first fundraising event supporting the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children. In addition to raising awareness for children in crisis within the United States,10% of all donations made to Race for a Dream will be donated to the Foundation to create Bright Spaces.

The next race is in Toronto on May 15-17. It will be livestreamed on World Challenge TV the day of the race and will be broadcast on CBS Sports on May 24 at 5 p.m. Eastern.

We are always looking for creative ways for our employees to bring awareness and engagement to your Foundation. Thanks to Melissa and NPD, the Foundation is a winner, too!

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If you are an individual or part of a group interested in doing a fundraiser for the Foundation or Bright Spaces and would like assistance with a fundraising website, please contact chrystal.terhune@brighthorizons.com.

The Foundation recognizes the Bright Horizons volunteers who are making a difference in the communities where we live and work through volunteering, engagement, and fundraising. Volunteers can be Foundation grant recipients, Community Champions, volunteers hosting Brightening Lives Activities, and/or groups or individuals fundraising for the Foundation. If you or someone you know should be recognized, please contact the Foundation at bhfoundation@brighthorizons.com.

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Making a Difference: Amtul Suhail Helps Students Make Better Lives through Education

May 7th, 2015

Amtul Suhail“Many people spend their time volunteering, but few people have the opportunity for their profession and their volunteer efforts to cross paths,” says Amtul Suhail, Director at 2nd Generation at Allerton in California. “I am thankful that the company I work for acknowledges my accomplishments and goes so far to even donate to a cause that I am so passionate about.”

Amtul donates her time and talent for the Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association of Northern California. She is a guiding force behind their mission.  They have been able to help thousands of students at the university from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

“She is a role model, a coach, and a trainer for the students and works very hard to find truly deserving candidates, contacts their families, and finds out what their needs might be,” says one association board member. “Once she identifies the need, money is sent directly to the student to fulfill that need.”

In honor of Amtul’s volunteer work, the Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association of Northern California recently received a Gleason Grant for $250.

“The generous amount of money that has been donated will go to many deserving students who want to make a better life for themselves,” says Amtul, “I cannot begin to express my gratitude of how impactful this grant will be. Thank you again for making my day brighter, my smile wider, and my passion to help others reaffirmed.”

Any Bright Horizons employee or a group of employees who volunteers at least 20 hours a year with a qualified nonprofit organization* is eligible to apply for a Foundation grant. Larger grants are available in honor of those who volunteer more than 100 hours a year.

The Foundation recognizes the Bright Horizons volunteers who are making a difference in the communities where we live and work through volunteering, engagement, and fundraising.  Volunteers can be Foundation grant recipients, Community Champions, volunteers hosting Brightening Lives Activities, and/or groups or individuals fundraising for the Foundation. If you or someone you know should be recognized, please contact the Foundation at bhfoundation@brighthorizons.com.

*Please see our Funding Guidelines for more information on eligible organizations.

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Volunteers Making a Difference

April 20th, 2015

Seattle Master Teacher Group Helps the Hungry

The Master Teacher team of Seattle (Teachers, Education Coordinators, and Regional Education Coordinator Cameron Randall) like to work together to give back to their local communities. Earlier this year, they joined 900 other volunteers for the One Night Count project. They walked the streets of Georgetown, WA, from 2 – 3:30 a.m. on January 27 counting people who are homeless.

Food Bank Heroes Among UsDuring the holidays, many from the Master Teacher team headed to Northwest Harvest, their local food bank, to pack bulk food.  On December 16, 2014, collectively, they volunteered 50 hours and helped pack more than 9,500 pounds of dried beans – enough to feed more than 7,300 people in the North West.

Because of their efforts, Northwest Harvest received a Foundation Gleason Grant for $250 in the team’s name. Any Bright Horizons employee or a group of employees who volunteers at least 20 hours a year with a qualified nonprofit organization* is eligible to apply for a Foundation grant. Larger grants are available in honor of those who volunteer more than 100 hours a year.

“Thank you so much! We received your grant and want to extend our appreciation to the Master Teacher Team of Seattle who volunteered at Northwest Harvest. Thanks to each of them, we will be putting more nutritious food on the table for children, seniors, women, and men in every county of Washington,” said Todd Girouard, Donations Manger for Northwest Harvest.

The Foundation recognizes the Bright Horizons volunteers who are making a difference in the communities where we live and work through volunteering, engagement, and fundraising.  Volunteers can be Foundation grant recipients, Community Champions, volunteers hosting Brightening Lives Activities, and/or groups or individuals fundraising for the Foundation. If you or someone you know should be recognized, please contact the Foundation at bhfoundation@brighthorizons.com.

*Please see our Funding Guidelines for more information on eligible organizations.

 

 

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Vote for Us in the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship 2015 Film Festival

March 6th, 2015

bushwick-bright-spaceRecently, the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children teamed up with Willie Geist and The TODAY Show to create a Bright Space at the Bushwick Family Residence – a homeless shelter in Brooklyn, NY. Geist chose this project as part of the Shine a Light series, a year-long initiative focused on service and giving back to the community. Geist said, “Homelessness is a family problem. A child should have a safe, clean place to eat, to study and to play. I want to help one shelter go above and beyond to give kids a real sense of ‘home’ for as long as they need to be there.”

We’ve submitted a video about this project to the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship 2015 Film Festival. Voting will take place through March 16th. Please watch, cast your vote and help us show the world what makes the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children shine!

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New Bright Space Opens in San Francisco

October 15th, 2014

PBK little boyA new Bright Space recently opened at Compass Children’s Center in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, a child care center serving families facing extreme poverty or homelessness.

More than 60 volunteers from Pottery Barn Kids gave their time and talent to transform a classroom and therapy rooms at the center. They repainted hallways and therapy spaces, assembled products like dollhouses and a retro kitchen, and added warm touches to the walls. Most importantly, they were able to provide the children with a magical space to dream, play and learn.

This was the second Bright Space created through a special partnership with the Foundation and Pottery Barn Kids.

“What we focus on is building inspirational, memorable, magical spaces for kids and our goal is to share that with everyone. We want to share our dreams with everyone who walks in this space,”  said Jennifer Kellor, SVP, Merchandising for Pottery Barn Kids.

 

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New Teen Bright Space Opens in Canada

August 27th, 2014

Bright Space 3Teens in Mississauga, Ontario now have a gaming area, a TV/movie/lounging area, a table/workspace area, and a research/computer area in their new Bright Space at Interim Place.

Homelessness can be especially difficult for teenagers, leading to severe anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Teens report feeling unsafe in adult shelters, and yet they often feel out of place in family shelters, too old for the younger children’s activities and yet too young for the help offered for adults. Without a welcoming room designed especially to engage them and support their emotional needs, teens needing more autonomy may leave the safety of the shelter and Bright Space 2head back to the “independence” of the streets, which can be disastrous for the teen and for their family.

“I was fortunate to meet a few of the youth,” said Bright Horizons Regional Manager Fatima Taveres, who worked on the space. “They are beside themselves with excitement.”

 

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JT Concert Raises More Than $9,000 for the Foundation

August 19th, 2014

JT concerntWhen Justin Timberlake brought his 20/20 Experience World Tour to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncastville, CT, earlier this summer, the 20/20 Experience became a Bright Horizons Foundation for Children experience too. Bright Horizons at Eagleview works closely with The Mohegan Tribe and was thrilled when they generously extended the opportunity to host a fundraising event at the concert. They donated an entire skybox to Bright Horizons Division 13. By selling the tickets to Bright Horizons employees, and their family and friends, Division 13 raised more than $9,000 in one night for the Foundation.​When it comes to raising money for the Foundation, Division 13 rocks!

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New Outdoor Bright Space Opens in Boulder

July 29th, 2014

Boulder 4Outdoor spaces can be very important to children who have experienced violence in their lives, allowing a more comfortable environment for the child to discuss the crisis that faces him. The outdoor space at SPAN in Boulder is used for group therapy as well as one-on-one sessions. When Bright Horizons employees at the Broomfield office found out the space could use some TLC, they sprang into action. They raised money to create an outdoor Bright Space through office fundraisers such as chili cook-offs, root beer floats, ice cream sundaes, breakfast burritos, and capped it off with a silent auction raising more than $11,000. Special thanks to Linda Toldness and Amy Shamburg for their leadership, as well as the whole Broomfield Foundation Committee for making this Bright Space a reality for the children at SPAN.

Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonvoilence (SPAN) is a human rights organization committed to ending violence against adults, youth and children through support, advocacy, education and community organizing. 

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Dog Therapy Duo Makes a Difference, Recognized with Community Service Award

July 16th, 2014

Dog BONES“When we first got Juno, I had no intention of having her become a therapy dog,” says Arryn Sullivan.  After seeing on TV how much of a difference therapy dogs made to Sandy Hook survivors, though, Arryn found Dog B.O.N.E.S. of MA, an organization that trains dogs for therapy work.  “We went to the sessions, and because of Juno’s personality, she was a shoe in for this type of work.”

For her and Juno’s work together, Arryn, executive assistant to Bright Horizons CEO Dave Lissy, was recently honored with a Community Service Award for Dog B.O.N.E.S.

Arryn and Juno have visited numerous colleges for stress clinics during mid-terms and finals. They were part of a senior project for a girl at Milford High School, and have visited an elderly man in Wellesley many times.

Lasell Dec (2)“The most time we spend is at the Franciscan’s Children’s Hospital in Brighton in the CBAT psych unit,” says Arryn. “Juno and I go once a week and spend time visiting with the kids.  These kids are struggling with behavioral issues, bad home situations, and are threats to themselves or others.  When we go, I love talking to them (many have been there for months) and witness how they leave their routine for an hour and are just kids having a good time. When we get there the kids run over to Juno and immediately start petting and asking me about her.”

Community Service Awards are $250 and are funded by the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children.

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Welcome to Our Newest Bright Space in Florida

March 11th, 2014

 

 

 

Welcome to our newest Bright Space at Women in Distress of Broward County, Florida, a domestic violence shelter. More than 300 women and children working to transition into a safe, self-sufficient life will be able to use the Bright Space each year.

This Bright Space was sponsored by Bright Horizons client American Express, and volunteers from American Express plan to stay engaged with the Bright Space.

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Bright Spaces Helping Families of NICU Babies

January 6th, 2014

​Families with children in the NICU are experiencing a great deal of emotion: fear, joy, hope, love. Not only are parents worried about the newly-born babies facing their own struggles, but they are worried about the well being of their other children and family members. The Bright Horizons Foundation and the Dallas March of Dimes have partnered to ease this stress at several Dallas-area hospitals.

NICU ribbon cuttingFamilies with newborns in the Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas will now have a new Bright Space where they can play and have fun. One new mom says that this is music to her ears because the Bright Space adds a distraction that was much needed for her older child. When visiting her baby brother in the NICU, the family would spend time watching TV in a family room. Now her daughter can use her imagination, feel like there is a space just for her and feel a sense of normalcy in a difficult place.

In addition to a place to play, these Bright Spaces will offer hope and inspiration through beautiful photography and inspiring quotes mounted on the walls. It also includes special materials for siblings with a particular focus on pretend play involving baby dolls, home living and medical play.

In addition to this Bright Space, a ribbon cutting was recently held for the March of Dimes-Dallas/Fort Worthand Bright Horizons Bright Space for Siblings located in the Special Care Nursery for the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. This is the sixth NICU Bright Space the Bright Horizons Foundation has opened in partnerships with the March of Dimes.

NICU KidsFor siblings of children in the NICU and Special Care Nursery, it can be very hard to understand why their baby brother/sister can’t come home and why they need to be at the hospital. The Bright Space allows them a place to play when visiting the hospital, and allows families to spend time together during this period of crisis.

There are more NICU Bright Spaces in the works and we are so proud of the work that is being done.

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Unique Music Studio Bright Space Opens in Memory of Special Young Man

August 1st, 2013

The family of Tyler Montgomery were devastated by his tragic death in a car accident last June, just Tylera month before his 20th birthday. They wanted to find a special way to honor his memory.

Tyler’s cousin, Candice Amour, Center Director at UChicago Child Development Center, knew about Bright Spaces and contacted the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children to see about creating one in Tyler’s memory.

A year later, a very unique Bright Space opened: the The TwoCanSam Recording Studio at the Guardian Angel Community Services’ Dillard Harris Education Center in Joliet, IL. Tyler was a gifted aspiring musician, and TwoCanSam was Tyler’s name in a local rap group. The opening was held in celebration of what would have been Tyler’s 21st birthday.

StudioThis music studio will be used to for music therapy and music education in Tyler’s memory. Students from second to twelfth grade will be able to go in and do music and work through their issues, according to program director Laura Coan.

“Because of the Foundation, we do get to celebrate Tyler and because of the Foundation, Tyler’s legacy will live on,” said Candice. “Our family is devastated with the loss of Tyler and our hearts ache, but because of this wonderful opportunity to create a space for Tyler to ‘live’ through, we have begun to fill our hearts with love and hope for the children that will use this recording studio.  You have given us a wonderful outlet for healing.  This is the greatest gift.”

 

Watch a special video tour of the Bright Space. It not only shows the room….but Tyler’s music is playing in the background.  A song called “UP”..one of Tyler’s last songs he recorded before his death.  It is about being positive and not getting down and being true to yourself not matter how much people or life circumstances try to put you down.

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Garden of the Five Senses opens at Frazer Center thanks to Greenman Gift

May 13th, 2013

Pictured left to right: Trace Haythorn, Jessica Conway, David Hoffman, Mark Mendel, Melony Gibson, Charlese Dease, and Rosalie Howell

A special “Garden of the 5 Senses” interactive teaching and therapy area recently opened at the Frazer Center in Atlanta. The project was made possible thanks to a Greenman Gift grant from Bright Horizons and the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children.

The Frazer Center is a nonprofit agency with a long-standing history of providing outstanding services to infants, preschoolers and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders and other disorders.  It is one of only a few inclusive child care programs in metro Atlanta and are unique in that both children and adults with disabilities are afforded day services at the same site.

The Frazer Center’s 1,600-square-foot existing courtyard was turned into a space that integrates beauty and function. The Garden of the 5 Senses is a space that invites exploration and imagination while also stimulating lear

ning. In addition to plants that are beautiful to see, touch, smell, and taste, there is a small amphitheater for children to listen to stories and a special humming stone. This space will also be used as an outdoor classroom and reading area.

“The heart of our effort lies in the deep conviction that introducing and cultivating a love of nature with young children provides not only a wonderful learning opportunity but also the early building blocks of a life-long commitment to appreciating and caring for our natural world,” said Trace Haythorn, Executive Director.

The Rich Foundation also contributed to the garden.

The Greenman Gift was established in 2009 in honor of Jim Greenman, the former Chairman of the Foundation Board and Senior VP of Education and Training for Bright Horizons. Jim’s professional life was dedicated to the wellbeing of children and families. He left a legacy of creating wonderful places for children and adults where they could play and learn, creating warm memories that would become a part of the fabric of their lives. The Greenman Gift provides a $35,000 grant of direct financial and in kind contributions to one child care program each year to improve its facility in Jim’s honor. 

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National Volunteer Week: Making a Difference

April 16th, 2015

100 Miles for Homeless Children

Matt Schrade, Director of LVWD School’s Out! program in Las Vegas, recently raised more than $1,100 towards a new Bright Space at Family Promise by running 100 miles in the Vegas Moonlight Ultra.

The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children® helped Matt by working with him to develop a fundraising website.  Although Matt had run relay races, half marathons, and marathons, he wanted to push himself to see if he could complete 100 miles.

Matt Schrade at finish line“The run was crazy,” said Matt. “Around the 45 mile mark, my wife and best friend pulled out due to injuries, and I was by myself for the rest of the night. The sun came up around 6 a.m., and my wife and friend were back at it. By that time, I was 70 miles in – knees were beginning to ache, and ankles were beginning to swell. My wife and friend finally finished their 100k, and I had about 10 miles left. These were the worst 10 miles in my life, but I stayed with it and finally finished at 7:15 p.m. It took me 24 hours and 57 minutes, and I was 3rd male overall which is very exciting.”

Matt was not only excited by his running performance, but he surpassed hi s $1,000 fundraising goal.  He hopes his experience will encourage others to find creative ways to fundraise to help children who are homeless.

“No child should have to sleep in a car or under a bridge,” said Matt. “Every family deserves a chance to be whole and have a roof over their head.”

If you are an individual or part of a group interested in doing a fundraiser for the Foundation or Bright Spaces and would like assistance with a fundraising website, please contact chrystal.terhune@brighthorizons.com.

The Foundation recognizes the Bright Horizons volunteers who are making a difference in the communities where we live and work through volunteering, engagement, and fundraising.  Volunteers can be Foundation grant recipients, Community Champions, volunteers hosting Brightening Lives Activities, and/or groups or individuals fundraising for the Foundation. If you or someone you know should be recognized, please contact the Foundation at bhfoundation@brighthorizons.com.

 

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National Volunteer Week: Making a Difference

April 15th, 2015

RMs Brighten Lives During Staff Meeting

BLA 11Recently, the Division 6 & 7 Regional Managers came together for a meeting and mixed business with making a difference by doing a Brightening Lives Activity.

RMs Amanda Foege and Denise Campbell , who led the project, first visited the Brightening Lives Activities resource page to see what sorts of activities they could do. Then, they contacted a local shelter to ask what the children there needed.

“We set up three stations and did ‘Nighty Night,’ ‘Games, Games, Games,’ and ‘Making Play Dough.’  We choose these three activities because the six children at the shelter told me that they wanted more games and play dough,” said Amanda. “We then choose the ‘Nighty Night’ activity as we knew the ages of the six children and their needs. We also needed a BLA 3variety of activities to do at our event as we had approximately 20 people.”

“Everyone who participated I feel benefited,” said Amanda. “It is an uplifting event that we all participated in to make a difference in a child’s life.”

Brightening Lives Activities are a new resource for volunteering from the Foundation. They are an exciting new way to support our Bright Space program and other organizations in your community. Bright Horizons employees, their families, center families, customers, clients, and community partners can come together to celebrate each other and make a difference.

The Foundation recognizes the Bright Horizons volunteers who are making a difference in the communities where we live and work through volunteering, engagement, and fundraising.  Volunteers can be Foundation grant recipients, Community Champions, volunteers hosting Brightening Lives Activities, and/or groups or individuals fundraising for the Foundation. If you or someone you know should be recognized, please contact the Foundation at bhfoundation@brighthorizons.com.

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National Volunteer Week: Making a Difference

April 14th, 2015

Administrative Assistant and Community Champion Julie Triphahn Helps New Moms

Julie Tripahn 3Julie Triphahn, Administrative Assistant for the Bernice E. Lavin Child Development Center in Chicago, has been a regular volunteer at the New Moms Bright Spaces since they opened in 2013. She recently received recognition as a Community Champion for her work.

“I have hosted a group of their young ladies on a job shadow/tour of our child care facility and talked to them about the different possibilities for a career in early childhood education and how Bright Horizons can support someone who is interested in making this their career,” said Julie.

“Most recently I have organized several donation drives for New Moms here at our center.  We had a Christmas drive where we collected personal care items for the young mothers and toys for the children, a diaper drive, and a new clothing drive. Our next donation drive will be a back to school drive this August.”

If you know of a Bright Horizons Family Solutions employee who is making an impact on their community through volunteering with a nonprofit organization, please complete the Community Champion Nomination Form and email it to bhfoundation@brighthorizons.com.

 

The Foundation recognizes the Bright Horizons volunteers who are making a difference in the communities where we live and work through volunteering, engagement, and fundraising.  Volunteers can be Foundation grant recipients, Community Champions, volunteers hosting Brightening Lives Activities, and/or groups or individuals fundraising for the Foundation. If you or someone you know should be recognized, please contact the Foundation at bhfoundation@brighthorizons.com.

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National Volunteer Week: Making a Difference

April 13th, 2015

Stitch in Time Group Provides Warmth to Those in Need

A Stitch in Time was created by a group of Bright Horizons employees in the Watertown Office who wanted to share their love of knitting and crocheting while also doing something to give back to the community.

This baby girl is enjoying warm snuggles with her Stitch in Time blanket.

This baby girl is enjoying warm snuggles with her Stitch in Time blanket.

“Initially, we met every Wednesday for six weeks as a group and then continued knitting/crocheting at home.  We created more than 100 pieces that we divided and donated to both St. Ambrose and the Parenting Journey Bright Spaces® families,” said Patti Nurse, Senior Director, Business Services and one of the leaders of the Stitch in Time group that recently received grants from the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children®. “The Stitch in Time group did not want to disband and still meets every Wednesday to socialize, create, and give back.”

St. Ambrose Family Shelter and Parenting Journey will each receive a Foundation grant for $250 in honor of the Stitch in Time group. Any Bright Horizons employee or a group of employees who volunteers at least 20 hours a year with a qualified nonprofit organization* is eligible to apply for a Foundation grant. Larger grants are available in honor of those who volunteer more than 100 hours a year.

“It is so rewarding to see how a small group of people can make such a big impact.  Not only did we wrap our Bright Space families with warmth, we formed new friendships, taught our younger colleagues how to knit/crochet, and connected some of our remote employees with the Home

Stitch in Time members meet every Wednesday in the second floor café of the 200 building

Stitch in Time members meet every Wednesday in the second floor café of the 200 building

Office,” said Patti . “I think I speak for our group when I say that we benefited as much as our Bright Spaces families.”

The Foundation recognizes the Bright Horizons volunteers who are making a difference in the communities where we live and work through volunteering, engagement, and fundraising.  Volunteers can be Foundation grant recipients, Community Champions, volunteers hosting Brightening Lives Activities, and/or groups or individuals fundraising for the Foundation. If you or someone you know should be recognized, please contact the Foundation at bhfoundation@brighthorizons.com.

*Please see our Funding Guidelines for more information on eligible organizations.

 

 

 

 

 

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