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Posts Tagged ‘service’

A Last Look at Yonkers

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

After so much work renovating the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Microsociety School a few weeks back, it’s not surprising that so many folks decided to put together their own films from the event. Here, again, is a sample of just how much fun good work can be, as well as a bit more on what this whole OmnicomCares effort is all about. Thanks so much to everyone who joined us, and please don’t forget to click on the ‘book drive’ sticker if you’d like to help more!

Why we believe in the Eugenio Maria De Hostos School

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Out of the hundreds of thousands of schools in the U.S., why did we pick this particular school? One of the factors that stood out when we were looking for this year’s service project, was the fact that 84% of the students receive free school lunches – a clear indicator of the community’s need for additional outside help.

However, one other outstanding indicator was this school’s commitment to the success of its students. More specifically, they’ve instituted something called the Microsociety Concept which teaches real-life skills to its student body. In fact, we were so impressed with the concept, we thought you too should hear more as to why we believe in this school and its students.

The Microsociety Program infuses business and government concepts through all aspects of academic instruction and social skills. Student-run businesses include a bank, courtroom, publishing center, government, library/media center, telecommunications center and marketplace with student-manufactured items for sale.

Like any real community, the school has its own constitution, government, elected executive positions, legislative representatives and a municipal court to help students understand how our government functions. Student citizens create the school economy and currency; and each student has a personal bank account to manage their Microsociety money.

As the November 7th date draws closer, we’ll be posting much more on how you too can participate, so please keep checking back!

More Events From Abroad

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

On October 31st in Shanghai, our Diversified Agency Services (DAS) partnered with Unisono Field Marketing to create a special service event: the Omnicom Charity Soccer Tournament, inspired by Simon Dalby, President of DAS Asia Pacific.

132 people from ten Omnicom agencies in China attended this day of fun and fulfillment raising funds for the charity “Braille Without Borders” (BWB). BWB is run by Sabriye Tenberken to enable blind people to become self-sufficient and able to make a positive contribution to the society in which they live. Sabriye, blind herself from the age of 12, has been recognized by the Chinese Government as one of the most influential foreign experts in China over the past three decades.

The format of the event was a knock-out, five-a-side soccer tournament. Each team brought their own cheerleaders and there was a charity auction as well as family activities. Each agency found creative ways to donate money, from pledging dollars per goal scored, raffle prizes or even most impressive cheerleading routine. Looks like a great time, and wish we could’ve been there to film it ourselves! Great job!

To learn more about the Braille Without Borders project or to donate, please click here. And if you’re with an Omnicom Agency and have a Service Day to tell us about, please let us know so we can share it as well.