Textbook Painting Donates Project to Youth In Need
Investing in your community is a great way to give back to those who have helped support your business. Volunteer groups and non-profit organizations do so much to help the communities that all of us are a part of, but they can’t do it alone.
Business owners have a responsibility to help those that are less fortunate and contribute to the common good. That is why Textbook Painting of Chesterfield was so excited to put its charitable efforts on display on May 12, when it re-painted the headquarters building for Youth In Need.
Youth In Need is a nonprofit child and family services agency, headquartered in St. Charles, Missouri. Through a variety of crisis prevention and intervention programs, Youth In Need is dedicated to building positive futures for the community’s most vulnerable children, teens and families.
Each year, Youth In Need serves more than 12,000 children, teens and families with residential homes, foster care case management, homeless outreach, counseling and support groups, education and infant, child and family development at more than 35 sites, spanning 100-miles, in six counties in eastern Missouri.
“As a first time business leader in the St. Louis area, I wanted to make it clear that I understand my role and unique opportunity to help revitalize and spruce up the community. I wanted to work on the project first thing in the summer before we got to work on other houses. It’s been my top priority,” says Bobby Ingram, the Chesterfield branch manager.
A dozen volunteers offered their time to help work on the project.
“Some of the kids that Youth In Need serves are just a few years younger than me. It’s pretty eye opening when you realize that it could easily be you in one of these shelters. You just feel obligated to help,” said Eric Wilson, a painter for Textbook Painting.
Textbook Painting offers college students studying business an opportunity to run their own painting businesses in their hometown during the summer. They teach young entrepreneurs everything they need to know about running a business—from estimating to customer service to actual production, and all the valuable experiences that come between. Textbook Painting also teaches its managers to give back to the communities that it operates in. Social responsibility is one of the most important tenets of running a business that a student manager can learn.
Check out this news clips from KSDK (Channel 5) “Show Me St. Louis” that featured this volunteer project:
If you have any volunteer ideas for Textbook Painting, or would like to learn more about some of the various community service projects we have done in the St. Louis area, please contact Bobby Ingram at (314)-292-9496.