This partnership was made possible by Jan Bono, Principal at Ernst & Young and President of the Board of Managers for the Irvin Deutscher Family YMCA.
“It lined up perfectly," said Eden O’Brien-Brenner, YMCA Sr. Program Director of Child Care. “Ernst & Young was hoping to volunteer on a specific day and it happened to be a Teacher Development Day for a couple of our sites.”
Since 2010, EY has closed its offices across the US to enable over 23,000 EY employees to spend a day giving back to the community. Community engagement is an integral part of EY culture. “We appreciate the opportunity to live our values by volunteering with you. It’s through engaging with organizations like yours that we bring to life our firm’s purpose of building a better working world.” shared Sara Cois, EY Team Captain for the volunteers.
Fifteen volunteers from EY helped set up and run the carnival for nearly one hundred children. While teachers were working in their classrooms, students were playing in the duck pond, eating cotton candy, spinning wheels and tossing rings for prizes.
Eden was very impressed by the volunteers. “They were skilled and impactful. It was a very good day. I love the energy they brought to the table.”
One of the students said “It’s the best carnival ever without rides.” It was a good day for all, the kids had a blast and the volunteers did too. “Watching the children get so excited to play the games was the highlight of my day.” said one of the volunteers.
In the San Francisco area, EY volunteers supported 36 different projects with strategic areas of focus on entrepreneurship, education and equity in the workforce. Jan shared that while this is the first time EY and the IDF teamed up, the consensus from the volunteers is that this is a “must do” event addition to the annual EY Connect program.