Carepages: Dollars for Scholars!
The below account comes from Carepages member, Sabena Diamond, part of our legal team at the Whitepages Seattle headquarters. Read on to learn more about the Whitepages employee-led affinity group and how they support local non-profit organizations.
THE SPIRIT OF THE 12’s & CAREPAGES
One of the best things about working at Whitepages is that they encourage employees to support their local communities and give back to causes they care about. For as long as I’ve been at Whitepages, I’ve been lucky enough to be part of the group called CAREPAGES, an employee-led affinity group whose goal is, at least once a quarter, to help create and support happy, healthy communities. Sometimes these opportunities involve the entire company and sometimes just a small group. Among the multiple organizations we’ve supported in the past two years are the YWCA, Childhaven, Youthcare, Treehouse, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Northwest Harvest, and the NWH Cherry Street Food Bank.
We recently had the opportunity to support the Rainier Scholars in “The Spirit of the 12’s” Program. This is a program where the Seattle Seahawks select five Pacific Northwest youth service organizations each year to partner with The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Volunteers sell Gameday programs at every Seahawks home game with 100% of the proceeds going to the selected organization. The Paul Allen Foundation then matches the amount that is raised.
About 15 Whitepagers volunteered to work the pre-season opening game versus the Minnesota Vikings. Our goal was to sell as many Gameday programs as possible, at $5 apiece. Wearing our comfortable shoes, our Seahawks gear, and matching lime-colored shirts, we arrived three hours before game time to be trained and then set out to staff a sales booth. Armed with our wits and best sales slogans (like “Dollars for scholars!” and “Help send a kid to college!”), we shouted, cajoled, and wheeled-and-dealed our way into helping Rainier Scholars break the sales record for pre-season game sales! Our Carepages team along with about 50 other volunteers sold $30,000 in programs, which will be matched by the Paul Allen Foundation for a total of $60,000.
We finished and cleaned up just prior to halftime and had the opportunity to watch the Seahawks finish off the Vikings in the second half, winning 20-13. Go Hawks!!!
And the best part? We were especially thrilled to be helping Rainier Scholars as we were fortunate enough to have one of our summer interns, Mimy, a current Rainier Scholar, lead our band of volunteers. Talk about bringing it close to home.
For more information on the Rainier Scholars Program, please visit: https://www.rainierscholars.org/