Tuesday, July 19, 2011

T-Mobile's Huddle Up Program Making a Difference

I'm not the biggest, most popular blogger around the blogosphere {which I'm completely okay with by the way}, but I have been at it for over 2 years, made several friends along the way, got quite a decent following, worked with several different companies, and many other things commonly known and done in the blogging world.

I see all these more popular mommy and review bloggers being invited on trips to different parts of the country to take part in events they were cordially invited to, and I really would love to be able to do these things too!

Well, last month I was invited to an event put together by T-Mobile and 150 of their employees. This isn't just any event, though; they invited me to be a part of a project to 'Paint, Plant, and Beautify' a local after school space at the Institute of Latino Progress in Chicago, Illinois as a part of T-Mobile Huddle Up, a national outreach program.

A little bit more about T-Mobile Huddle Up:

"T-Mobile Huddle Up is T-Mobile’s national community outreach and employee volunteer program, connecting kids, primarily from single-parent families in high-need, urban communities, to positive people, places and programs. Now in its sixth year, T-Mobile Huddle Up has transformed more than 58 after school programs nationwide, and is taking on 10 more “extreme makeovers” in 2011."

Even though I would have LOVED to be apart of this life changing program, I unfortunately wasn't able to make it due to health issues. That being said, I'd like to do my part by blogging about what T-Mobile did, and what they are continuing to do with their wonderful program!

Being Chicago and that Illinois has had some outrageous weather this year, the day started off with what can only be described as torrential rain and downpours; that didn't deture the T-Mobile employees and other volunteers though!

'Paint, Plant, and Beautify' consisted of not only painting brand new color schemes and revitalizing the inside of the school, constructing cubbies, bookcases, picnic tables, and donating computers, furniture, books, school supplies, games, and a large flat screen tv, but it also consisted of creating a stronger environment for learning and fun, which, I think they well surpassed THAT goal.

Prior to this year's Huddle Up, through many of T-Mobile office initiatives to raise money including bake sales, ice cream socials, carnivals, and cash donations, employees collected nearly $4,000, and that money was used to pay for the school supplies placed in the newly built bookshelves, the television, the Wii system, and everything that filled up the Huddle Up Zone at the Institute.

In addition to the $4,000 raised, T-Mobile donated a whopping $6,000 as well, AND Wireless Vision, T-Mobile's retail partner, donated an additional $1,300 to the institute along with joining in on the "Extreme Makeover" festivities.

"To sum up the day, T-Mobile focused on the 3 “C’s” – Chicago, Community, and Camaraderie.  Huddle Up Chicago 2011, the fourth annual Huddle Up Service day in Chicago, was all about teamwork and giving back to the community."

What an inspirational program right in my 2-hour-away backyard! I honestly had no idea that T-Mobile did this for the Chicago area each year, but now that I do, hopefully I will be better so I can participate in the next Huddle Up project :)

For more information on T-Mobile or T-Mobile's Huddle it Up Program, visit T-Mobile.com.

The Eclectic Element Disclaimer:: I was not in any way compensated for writing this post-I did it strictly for the benefit of my readers, and to spread the word about T-Mobile's Huddle it Up Program.


Pseudo said...

Very happy for you!

Unknown said...

That sounds like a very nice program!