EAST HARTFORD, Conn.— Employees from Hikvision USA Inc. worked with nonprofit Mission 500 to assemble 250 backpacks with school supplies for students who attend East Hartford, Conn.-area Title 1 schools.
Members of Hikvision’s Northeast regional team volunteered at Mission 500 partner World Vision’s Teacher Resource Center in East Hartford, Conn. The resource center warehouses donated learning and classroom supplies that are provided to teachers at qualifying Title 1 schools. Title 1 schools have large concentrations of low-income families. Backpack supplies were purchased with donated funds from Hikvision.
“It was a rewarding experience to work together with the Hikvision team during the holiday season to help under-served children in the East Hartford community. This year is the Mission 500 10th Anniversary, and we are excited by the expanded participation of organizations like Hikvision that are committed to stepping out in creative ways to touch lives by increasing their corporate social responsibility impact,” said Tom Nolan, director of strategic partnerships for Mission 500, in a prepared statement.
“Hikvision’s Northeast regional team wanted to invest our time in giving back to the communities we work in. Through Mission 500, we discovered that backpacks filled with school supplies were much needed in the community, and would have the greatest impact on the kids in East Hartford,” said Andre Greco, director of sales for Hikvision. Seven Hikvision team members met at the Teacher Resource Center and spent the day building care kit backpacks and writing encouraging messages to students to be included in the backpacks, and also helped to unpack and sort donated goods from large retailers, he added.
Mission 500 is a nonprofit organization that works with the security industry to serve the needs of children and communities in crisis. An active partner of Mission 500, during 2018 Hikvision employees participated in several volunteer events, including the third annual Mission 500 February Hockey Classic in Toronto, the Security 5K/2K at ISC West in April, and the November Puerto Rico service trip where Hikvision employees helped victims of Hurricane Maria rebuild their homes.