On August 6, 2019, the Consumer Domain team had the pleasure of volunteering at the First Avenue school in Newark as part of an Audible Cares event. These events stem from one of Audible’s core principles, “Activate Caring,” which includes helping to improve the lives of the people in the communities we are in. This volunteering event not only helped our Newark neighbors, but also gave team members a chance to get out and bond.

For this event, we partnered with our internal “Audible Cares” team that provides employees different engagement opportunities in Newark. When we arrived at the school, we split into several groups and each team got a different task. The tasks included mural painting, furniture assembly, assembling Hopscotch mats, and making teacher appreciation kits. I enjoy painting in general, so I decided to go with painting murals. The main motive behind mural painting was to create a motivational environment for the kids to work in. For example, one message read, “Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.”

Photo of whiteboard where a student wrote I code because it isn't easy

The furniture assembly task was going on near us, because the overall idea was to make a quiet and motivational space where kids can come to work. While we painted the message on the wall, the other team was assembling tables, chairs, and a bookshelf.

Photo of whiteboard where a student wrote I code because it isn't easy

Once everything came together, there was a nice space for kids to come and study, or just relax (Image below shows completed room)

Photo of whiteboard where a student wrote I code because it isn't easy

After a couple of hours, everyone met downstairs where the other two teams were working on teacher appreciation kits and hopscotch mats. As seen from the image below, they also had a lot of fun working on their tasks.

Photo of whiteboard where a student wrote I code because it isn't easy Photo of whiteboard where a student wrote I code because it isn't easy Photo of whiteboard where a student wrote I code because it isn't easy

Overall, everyone had a wonderful time and felt good about helping our neighbors. I hope that we get a chance to do this again in the near future.