April 15th, 2008
OmnicomCares held two volunteer days to help Detske Centrum Orphanage – a dilapidated, state-run institution outside Prague. On August 20th, 2008, over 140 members of the Omnicom family showed up to volunteer their time and repair the orphanage grounds. So many volunteers asked about going back and finishing the work, that OmnicomCares did return a few weeks later to do exactly that. Even a few initial skeptics became enthusiastic supporters the minute everyone started to pitch in.
Once the work was done, a party was held for the children at the orphanage, and at the conclusion of the party, Omnicom presented the orphanage’s director with a lorry load of their wish list items… and several delegates assisted in unloading and unpacking these items. This was in addition to a series of auctions held at a nearby Omnicom conference, where delegates were able to bid for various items or make donations. All proceeds went directly to the orphanage, raising a total of:
Public Auction: $7,206.50
Silent Auction: $2,872.45
Grand Total = $11,090.70
June 15th, 2007
On June 9th, 2007, over 200 hard-working and tireless volunteers from across Omnicom, Americorps, KaBOOM! and Laurel Elementary School braved the heat and humidity (a heat index of 100+!!) to build a playground in about six hours. We moved mountains of mulch, mixed hundreds of bags of cement, and assembled all sorts of playground elements including planters, benches, climbing walls, slides and more.
It was all capped by a ribbon cutting ceremony in which, on top of everything that the volunteers had already done, Randy Weisenberger presented a check for $50,000 to Laurel Elementary School Principal Janet Johnson. Among other things, the money will be used to buy equipment, uniforms, and fund jobs programs for the school’s 7th and 8th grade students.
What photos will never show are some of the numbers that marked this inaugural service project. We’ll start with weather data: 93 degrees Fahrenheit, 90% humidity.
Some other statistics of the day:
- Mixed 11,400 lbs of cement
- Drank 3,500 bottles of Aquafina water and Gatorade
- Consumed 1 ton of ice
- 225 adult volunteers, and 75 children and young adults
- Administered 1 Band-Aid
- Moved and spread 440 cubic yards of mulch (a KaBOOM! record)
- Listened to 1 Brass Band
- Ate 340 MacDonald’s double cheeseburgers
- Devoured 600 pieces of fried chicken
- Filled 50 – 24” wide x 48” deep post holes
- Assembled 5 tractor trailers of raw materials and components
Add it all up and you have a playground built in only 6 hours… not to mention a great day for everyone – the local community and the Omnicom volunteers!