During the holidays, it can be easy to get wrapped up in the presents, festivities and never ending to-do lists. Though it’s important to spend time celebrating the season with our families and friends, it’s even more important to take the time to think about how we can give back.
Giving back to others, especially those in our community, is the best way to celebrate the giving season and bring joy to the people around us. Volunteering and giving our time not only enriches the lives of others, but really brings something fulfilling in our own lives. It’s also something fun and rewarding to do with our friends, families, and colleagues. Earlier this year, Canvas had the privilege of partnering with Playworks Northern California for a volunteer day where we painted the playground at Mckinley Elementary School in San Francisco.
One of our employees (me!) serves on the Board of Directors for Playworks East Bay, and I was excited to find an opportunity to partner with this great organization. Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to positively transform school culture, to promote development of valuable social-emotional skills, and to encourage active lifestyles. This past school year, Playworks’ programs reached 122,000 students in 280 schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. That’s a lot of kids who are experiencing the power of play in our neighborhoods.
The Canvas team spent a few minutes learning about Playworks from the best teacher: Rachel Wyley, the Executive Director of Playworks East Bay. Then, we got a chance to play one of the games taught to children across Playworks schools, Ro-Sham-Bo! You might know the game better by its other name Rock, Paper, Scissors. The version we played, Ro-Sham-Bo Rockstar acts like a tournament - as long as you are more successful than your opponent, you can move on!
It was deeply competitive, but our teammate Kiley finally came out on top after an intense final Ro-Sham-Bo with John!
Then, it was time to do what we were there to do - we got to work painting the playground. Our team split up into several groups and we each took a portion of the playground to beautify. We spent most of the afternoon repainting faded activities as well as designing all new ones. Here’s what we were able to accomplish in just a few hours.
It was an amazing day, and the entire Canvas team was grateful to partner with such a wonderful nonprofit.