MC Gives Back 2013 had a great impact on a local school, Escuela Telescundaria 428, and a youth camp in Chiapas, Mexico. These two main areas kept the team busy with multiple projects and really had a positive impact on these key gathering places for children.
At the School, there was a real need for repainting. We applied over 30 gallons of paint and gave it a fresh new look. Having the students work with us side by side helped to create a sense of pride and ownership of the project and also gave us some time for pickup USA vs Mexico soccer games.
The school’s computer lab consisted of very outdated PCs. The Maintenance Connection team decided to make a trip to the local electronics store and picked up nine new computers, while the rest of the team cleaned and painted the computer lab.
Sadly, over 100 soccer balls are lost each year due to a low fence around the playing field. We took on another project to make the fence higher to prevent balls from going over. The school boys were amazing as they climbed scaffolding to create a net 20 feet high and then, of course, they insisted on a soccer game to test it.
At the camp, the MC team was tasked with adding some fun and games to a newly donated property by building an obstacle course for the kids. With shovels in hand, we got to work but soon realized that a 15 feet by 30 feet and 3 feet deep pit would take a really long time. Using a strategy we like to call "Smater, Not Harder" we noticed a backhoe working in a nearby farm. After a little negotiating and the exchange of a few pesos, a job was created and the hole was dug very quickly. The time we saved was used to complete other parts of the obastacle course would have otherwise been left undone.
This year's trip was a great success. You can read more on the MC Gives Back blog!
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give!"