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Barcelona – September 2011

This is why we’re here

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

We’ve recently heard back from our friends at Escola d’EE l’Arboç with some pictures of the children enjoying what we’ve left behind at the school. And while there is no doubt as the good we’ve done in so many other places, these pictures have touched our hearts in a way that really brings home why OmnicomCares exists. The joy expressed by these children, in working in the garden, playing on the swings, interacting with the sensory boards and using the computers we’ve installed, is truly inspiring.

It is difficult to put into words how it feels to know that what most of us would consider such a small gift of our time and resources could be translated into such a different experience. These particular smiles say it all.

To all the members of the OmnicomCares family, thank you. This is truly why we’re here.

OmnicomCares Barcelona Video

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Check out our wonderful new video of our service project in Barcelona. We really think this captures the spirit of the day:

OmnicomCares Transforms a Barcelona School

Monday, September 19th, 2011

On Saturday, September 10 2011, OmnicomCares descended upon a school for disabled children in Mataró, Spain.  The Escola d’EE l’Arboç provides a wonderful, caring therapeutic environment for physically and emotionally challenged children, some quite severely, ranging in age from 5 to 16.  The local government had just completed construction on a brand new facility for the school; the building although lovely in its own right, was badly in need of some personalization and color.

Approximately 150 volunteers from all over the globe arrived in the morning ready to work.  We had the largest ever group of volunteers from local Omnicom agencies, many with spouses, children and friends in tow.  And while the language differences were initially difficult, people quickly found ways to communication and make friends while rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done.  We painted three beautiful murals, installed a pergola and fencing in the patio area, and completely transformed the garden areas with new plantings and trees.  Twenty new touch screen HP computers were installed with special software to help the kids learn new skills and practice what they have already mastered.

And when the work was done, the school fed all the volunteers with homemade paella and sponsored a party that included local Catalan traditions.  All in all, it was a day to remember for all who participated.

See the photos here.

OmnicomCares is going to Barcelona

Monday, September 5th, 2011

This September, OmnicomCares is off to Barcelona, Spain.  Our next Public Service Day is being held at a school for severely disabled children called Escola d’EE l’Arboç in a place called Mataró, which is a small town northwest of Barcelona. The children range in age from 5 to 16 and are severely disabled physically, some psychologically as well.

In the past year a brand new school has been built and it is there that OmnicomCares is going to weave its magic. Our outdoor projects include planting , laying irrigation, creating an aromatic garden, building picnic benches and installing some fencing.   In addition, there is a large patio area which is in direct sunlight, so we are building a large pergola to give some very needed shade.  Inside, there are lots of bare white walls both inside and outside screaming for some colour; we will paint murals to help brighten the place up and install new computers.  All of our projects are designed especially with the needs of disabled children in mind.

Here are some ‘before’ pictures of the school: