Why We Give: Hollis Innovation Academy

Why We Give: Hollis Innovation Academy

Atlanta is our home, and we’re proud of our employees who continuously give back to the community as highlighted in our ongoing Why We Give series featuring Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy, our adopted elementary and middle school located on Atlanta’s Westside.

To celebrate the students’ eighth grade graduation, we hosted field day and catered lunch from Chick-fil-A. While there were limited face-to-face activities, the new graduates still enjoyed fun outdoor events and photo ops with Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

In an area where a quarter of students are homeless and all students qualify for free lunches, the STEM academy’s mission is to help students learn the skills needed to succeed in future jobs, which is a mutual goal of MBUSA. Through our partnership with Hollis Innovation Academy, we organize a mentorship program and various events with our volunteers to supply children with a thorough STEM education and give them the encouragement they need to thrive.

“I volunteer at Hollis Academy because this is MY neighborhood. I grew up in this area and appreciated individuals and organizations who reached out and poured into us as young people,” said Matlyn Redd, learning management systems analyst at MB University. “To borrow a line from a friend: ‘Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do on your spare time.’”

The future is looking brighter thanks to Hollis and our wonderful volunteers. Check out photos from the graduation celebration below. Do you have a special giving story that you’d like to share? Contact Internal Communications.

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