McElroy Trust funds programs that help to inspire and transform the community, with a specific focus in helping youth. However, in some cases, it’s really the youth who manage to inspire or transform us. That was the case when we learned of the amazing philanthropic work being done by students at George Washington Carver Academy in Waterloo.
On December 1, 2014, Tri-City Clothing, a specialty men’s clothing store, experienced a devastating fire. Due to the extreme nature of the fire, the business lost all of its stock, as well as its building.
Instead of remaining complacent, the students at Carver Academy decided to take action instead. A Coin War fundraiser was planned, to encourage students to give, while also implementing a sense of competition and fun. The fundraiser took place during the first two weeks following winter break, and gave the 430 students who attend Carver Academy the opportunity to make a direct impact on the community. In two short weeks, Carver Academy raised $340 for Tri-County Clothing, by simply collecting loose change!
In early February, George Washington Carver Academy held an assembly to present the funds to business-owner, Harry Carson, who was incredibly thankful and gracious. It’s incredible that the giving hearts of 400 Waterloo youth can make such a huge difference in the lives of others within the community. An inspiration and opportunity for transformation indeed.