Giving back is a core part of the company culture at Vecna Robotics, and employee-led service initiatives are met with overwhelming support from our staff.
This fall, a book drive for More Than Words was led by Elizabeth Pelberg-Schariter, Talent Acquisition Manager. Her inspiration for the book drive came from an experience that she believed many people could relate to. “During a recent move, I found I had a lot of books that my family was no longer using. Figuring I had colleagues in the same situation, I arranged a drive that would give these books a second life,” she said. “By donating to MTW, not only do the books go to a new home, but the kids in their job training program get practical work experience. It’s a win-win!”
More Than Words is a nonprofit job training and youth development program that empowers nearly 350 youth each year to take charge of their lives by operating a $4M bookselling business. More Than Words works with the most vulnerable young adults in Greater Boston: those who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school. Youth involved in the program hold a paying job and gain valuable experience working and learning business skills such as customer service, technology, inventory management, and leadership skills.
Organizations like More Than Words depend on the donations and generosity of the public to achieve their goals.
The team at Vecna Robotics rallied in support of the book drive and together filled our large collection bin with a wide variety of book donations. The Covid-19 pandemic prevented our volunteers from dropping off donations inside the Waltham More Than Words location however, social distance friendly drop off worked out well!
Discover more about More Than Words and how you can get involved here.