Hi everyone! I know it has been awhile since my last blog post, but that is only because it has been so busy here at EDCI! The EDCI STEAM Summer Camp program has wrapped up and all the children are back in school! Every summer EDCI always hosts their End of Summer Celebration and this summer was no different! This year’s Summer Celebration featured a DJ, bouncy house, water slide, local catered food, Italian Ice, and free backpacks and school supplies for all of the children. This event is provided free of charge to everyone in the community. It was also great to see all of the volunteers that came out to help make this event possible, even a few from GSK!
Following another great tradition at EDCI, staff members go to cheer on the kindergartners at local elementary schools at the start of their first day of school (See picture below).
Now that the kids are back in school and summer is almost over I have officially transitioned into my office/project-based setting. I have been splitting my time up between two different projects. With my first project I am working with The Program Implementation and Community Engagement (PICE) team here at EDCI to help them develop a visual space where they can hold their team meetings and track progress of their various programs and interventions they host and support. With my second project I am working with a fellow GSK PULSE Volunteer, Jennifer Gottsegen, to help manage a project in which EDCI wants to challenge its staff members to actively participate in developing a new strategy for EDCI and determine what exactly that means for the organization as a whole. With this project, we also hope to build upon personal development goals as well as strengthen project management skills within the staff as a whole.
Please be on the lookout for my next post! EDCI will be hosting a coat drive during the holiday season and we will need your help with donations!