KRA Supports Baltimore Mayor’s Back-to-School Rally

The invitation, sent to Elizabeth Smith, KRA/Baltimore* Operations Manager, read, “Good afternoon Ms. Smith: We would like to thank you and your organization, KRA Corporation, for partnering with Mayor Rawlings-Blake to help students get started on the right track to begin the school year. This year’s rally will be held at War Memorial Plaza, in front of City Hall.

Last year, 3,000 students received backpacks, school supplies and valuable resources. Because this year’s rally will be held on a weekend and many families are still facing financial hardships, we expect an even larger turnout.  Per your conversation with Marva Williams, Event Coordinator, we were informed that KRA would be making a contribution.

In exchange for your generosity, KRA will be acknowledged in on-stage announcements and pre-and post-event promotion. Your organization has requested that 20 or so volunteers be utilized for the backpack distribution. Please know that Ms. Sutton is assisting in coordinating the efforts with the backpacks, and looks forward to discussing your role in distributing the backpacks during the event.

Whether a student needs a new backpack, childhood immunizations, or school registration information, it can be found at the Mayor’s Annual Back to School Rally. Partnership from KRA will help make the event a success.  Thank you in advance for your participation and I look forward to speaking with you soon.  Kim Tilghman-Stevenson, Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management & Public Safety.”

As a Baltimore City workforce services provider and community partner with many public- and private-sector organizations, KRA Corporation welcomes all opportunities to support the young people and their families.  So, on an early Saturday morning, led by Nate’ Gordon, KRA Corporate Operations Manager, and Smith, the KRA/Baltimore team turned out to support the Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Annual Back to School Rally and to enjoy the festivities with other supporters.

Smith reported, “As a result of KRA’s contribution, 5,000 backpacks were distributed to the students, and for its effort, Mayor Rawlings-Blake presented a Mayoral Citation to the company for its generosity and partnership.”  Gordon concluded, “KRA Corporation is both pleased and proud to have supported the Mayor’s Rally.  As anticipation for another school year heightens, we recognize that it is important to not just contribute funds, but to actively participate in events that support the youth in our community.  As future contributors to our workforce, their sustained educational development is integral to their own success and to that of their communities in which they live.”

Read about another KRA/Baltimore youth-support effort at: http://www2.kra.com/community-involvement/kra-supports-community-golf-tournament-for-youth/

*Funded by the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, the KRA Corporation Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program offers customers receiving Temporary Cash Assistance, a wide range of work-readiness activities, including comprehensive assessments and unsubsidized Community Work Experience opportunities.  To benefit area employers, the Program also provides occupation-specific skills training for the in-demand fields of Healthcare, Information Technology, Tourism & Hospitality, and Early Childhood Development.