For the last five years, WESCO has sponsored community service projects at the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP)’s annual meeting – and this year was no different.
In previous years, WESCO and NAEP have partnered to build hygiene kits for community members in Reno, NV, boxed lunches for homeless or low-income veterans in San Antonio, TX, and backpacks with school supplies for students in need at Florida State University.
Giving Back to Kansas City Community
This year, the 98th NAEP annual meeting was held in Kansas City, MO and the partnering organization was the Center for Community Outreach at Kansas University. The organization encourages students to participate in volunteer activities within their communities at the local and global levels to become active, mindful, and engaged citizens after their college experience.
The Center for Community Outreach gets students involved in programs that address a variety of issues in communities. With 12 student-run programs, some of the many issues they focus on include hunger, mentoring, community health, and much more.
During the meeting, 60 volunteers including WESCO, NAEP members, and conference attendees worked together to assemble hygiene kits and backpacks filled with school supplies for college students facing housing and basic needs insecurities. The project resulted in 100 hygiene kits and 100 backpacks ready to go to deserving students.
Each hygiene kit assembled provides essential products such as anti-bacterial wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and lip balm. For students who need assistance with school supplies, the backpacks supply them with pens, pencils, notebooks, and flash drives.
The Future of the Program
The NAEP Annual Meeting was held April 7-10, 2019, and brought together educational procurement professionals from across the country. Each year the meeting brings professionals from both large, small, public, and private educational backgrounds to learn and share experiences.
We are happy to announce that WESCO has been honored to be selected to sponsor the 99th NAEP Annual Meeting service project in 2020! Make sure to join us next year on April 5-8 at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN, and help us give back to the local community.