Recently, the MLBA Irvine chapter welcomed four middle schoolers for the week dubbed the “Young Aloricans.” During the week, the group had the opportunity to learn about MLBA – what it is and what it does. As Young Aloricans, they were tasked with coming up with a fundraiser, presenting their idea to the chapter board, and executing their plan – all in a week!
The group first identified the organization they wanted to support – the Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC). Founded in 1964, the non-profit works to enhance the quality of life in Orange County by eliminating and preventing the causes and effects of poverty. Specifically, the community program they chose to support at CAPOC was “Backpacks for Success.” The funds raised would be used toward the purchase of needed school supplies for underprivileged children in the community. The goal set was attainable – to raise $256 to help 30 kids.
So now they needed to figure out how to raise funds. These Young Aloricans came up with the “Give and Guess” game. During a set time, participants could “give” by donating cash or filling out an MLBA contribution form, and “guess” how much candy was in one… two… or all 15 of the candy jars they put together. Whoever guessed the closest to the amount of candy in the jar would win that jar of candy – it was a win-win for everyone.
Needless to say, the employees at Alorica Irvine have a sweet tooth and a soft spot for the “Young Aloricans” and their efforts. In one day, the Young Aloricans raised $1,606.18, which in turn helped purchase binders and fill them each with a pencil case, pencils, erasers, and other supplies to be given to 300 kids – 10 times more than they had originally planned to do.