Removing Barriers to Education
Thanks to wonderful community minded businesses and workplaces, students participating in United Way of the EUP's Removing Barriers to Education (RB2E) program will have warm winter clothing and boots!
Soo Motors, Inc. graciously hosted their annual Fill A Ford event and accepted donations of winter gear and hygiene products through the month of December. Several of their customers and staff generously donated items for children of all ages, including brand new winter boots, coats, shampoo, soaps, deodorants, toothbrushes, and more!
Above Andrew Haapala, Soo Motors, Inc. General Manager, stands with several Service and Sales staff members as they kick off the 2015 Fill-A-Ford drive in December.
In addition to the wonderful generosity of these folks, we were also contacted by The International Bridge Authority whose employees came together and donated $550 to purchase new items for students whose needs had not yet been met. This money was used to purchase not only winter gear, but also clothing for one of the students who needed a uniform for work, and underclothing for another student in need -(something that is rarely donated during drives).
By being able to purchase items like these for students, Ford and the IBA are helping to remove the things that were once seen as barriers for these students so they may thrive in their respective schools. When students have to worry about things going on outside of school hours, it makes it much more difficult for them to concentrate on learning, which is one of the reasons why UWEUP began the RB2E program.
If you would like to find out more about the RB2E program, student needs, or other ways to benefit the lives of students in our program, please call 906-632-3700 ext.3 or email (click here) our Volunteer Center.