Rainier Valley Slammers is proud to be a partner of Communities In Schools of Auburn, which is part of a strong national organization whose mission is to surround students with a community of support, thereby empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The organization focuses on two of the most significant risk factors of student drop-out – poverty and lack of academic success. While Communities In Schools of Auburn assists students in need throughout Auburn, they target their more concentrated support and academic programs on five elementary schools and three middle schools with high rates of poverty and English Language Learners. To find out more information about Communities In Schools’ partners, click here.
During the holiday season, RVS conducts a Food & Gift Drive to assist families in need, as identified by Communities In Schools of Auburn. In 2014, RVS worked with school coordinators at 3 different elementary schools to provide food and gifts for 7 families. Those 7 families had a total of 20 children, for whom RVS teams provided clothing and gift items. A total of 11 RVS teams participated, and the total of their contributions, including gift cards for groceries, was just over $2,700. In December 2013, a total of 11 RVS teams combined efforts to provide gifts and food on behalf of 7 Auburn School District families. Those 7 families, who had a combined total of 29 children, received new clothes and gifts for the children, as well as non-perishable food items and grocery store gift cards to ensure they had a complete holiday dinner. RVS players also set up a food collection site at an Auburn grocery store. Thanks to the generosity of the grocery store customers, over $300 worth of food items and cash donations were collected and presented to the Communities In Schools of Auburn project coordinator to assist additional families in need.
In 2012, a total of 13 RVS teams participated in the Food & Gift Drive. New clothing, toys and games, and food items for a complete holiday dinner, were collected on behalf of 15 families. To complement the donations made by RVS families, the teams held a bake sale and collected non-perishable food items from the community at a site in downtown Auburn. An additional $300 was raised on behalf of the Food and Gift Drive project!