Epsilon Partnership Provides School Supplies to DUS School Community
Epsilon Data Management has become the exemplar for Denver Urban Scholars corporate partnerships. They have proven that strong leadership and advocacy within a company can make a real impact on the community we serve.
Denver Urban Scholars and Epsilon’s partnership began in 2016 with board member Stacey Hawes as the central advocate. Since then, Epsilon has provided generous funding for Denver Urban Scholars programs, participated in our annual high school career fair, and hosted volunteer recruitment events at their offices. Currently, three Epsilon employees sit on our board, marketing committee, and junior board, and six employees are volunteer mentors.
Last year, Epsilon identified the desire to directly support a community within our program, and was paired with Kipp Denver Collegiate (KDC) high school and Kipp Sunshine Peak Academy (KSPA) middle school. In strategizing new ways to deepen their impact on the community, we identified alignment with one of Epsilon’s other nonprofit partners, A Precious Child. A Precious Child, located in Broomfield, provides opportunities and resources to children and families in need throughout eight Denver Metro counties.
Facilitated by A Precious Child’s Fill a Backpack program and benefiting our partner schools KDC and KSPA, Epsilon sponsored an office-wide backpack drive earlier this spring and summer. They collected new backpacks, school supplies, and donations in Denver Urban Scholars bins located throughout their building.
Last week Denver Urban Scholars program managers facilitated the pick-up and delivery of 825 backpacks filled with school supplies. The backpacks will be distributed during the upcoming “back to school” week at KDC and KSPA. This donation will provide a backpack and school supplies to every student attending these schools. This collaborative project is a wonderful example of a deep partnership for maximum community impact.
Denver Urban Scholars highly values deep partnerships with school communities, as well as with corporate partners like Epsilon. Epsilon provided a greater impact by facilitating this collaboration between two of their nonprofit partners to ensure that no child at KDC and KSPA is without supplies this school year. This drive serves as an example of how DUS is committed to impacting the entire school community including all students, parents, and administrators in addition to the youth enrolled in our programs.
Thank you to Stacey Hawes and Heather Schichtel of Epsilon for all of their work to facilitate and promote the backpack drive. And thank you to all of the individuals who donated backpacks! It is truly heartwarming to know that every student at these schools, regardless of challenging circumstances, will start the year with a new backpack and school supplies.