Delta received an IMPACT Award at the Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta's 22nd Annual IMPACT Awards on Sept. 18, at the Georgia World Congress Center. The IMPACT award was presented to Delta in the category of Business-to-Nonprofit for its work with Atlanta Public Schools.
The theme for this year's event was "Global Reach-Local Impact," and Delta's partnership with Atlanta Public Schools certainly exhibits that mantra that's now in the third year of a five-year partnership where Delta contributed $500,000 for literacy and wellness programming. The goal is to impact third grade reading levels at two South Atlanta cluster schools: Dobbs Elementary School and Hutchinson Elementary School.
Delta volunteers serve as Reading Buddies by going into the schools and spending time with students to not only help them learn to read at the appropriate grade level, but to be another adult that the students can count on and someone who is cheering them on. Delta volunteers also provide virtual reading assistance through the TutorMate program and employees help with the Robotics programs to provide STEM initiatives. In addition to educational programming, volunteers help host holiday events for students, and Delta holds a coat drive each year where employees donate hundreds of coats to students.
The Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta connects and inspires businesses and volunteer leaders to make a positive impact on the Atlanta community.