Helping Hands, Happy Hearts: Abstrakt Gives Back Day 2017

Abstrakt Marketing Group is thrilled for our inaugural Abstrakt Gives Back Day, happening this Friday! Abstrakt team members will be granted leave during typical operational hours to volunteer at local nonprofit organizations. Our Abstrakt family will be kicking off our day together at 8:15 with a breakfast at the office. All volunteers will be put into teams of their corresponding organizations and be sent off into the streets of the Greater St. Louis Area. With our 250 team members plus family members and 19 local nonprofit organizations, we are ensured to have a fun-filled day.

Through this day of service, it is our goal that our team will have a significant impact on the St. Louis community.  After our day of serving, we invite you all to our reception celebration in the Abstrakt Lounge. All volunteers and partner organizations are strongly encouraged to attend. This is an amazing opportunity to share our experiences with one another while also achieving Abstrakt’s mission to always be growing, together.  We will be serving cocktails, hor d’ourves while listening to the live-stylings of St. Louis’ own “The Mightly Pines.”

Abstrakt is ecstatic to be partnering with the following organizations:

Brightside Demonstration Garden

At Brightside St. Louis, their mission is to improve the quality of life in our community by educating, engaging and inspiring St. Louisans to make our region cleaner, greener and more environmentally sustainable. Abstrakters will be picking up trash, planting flowers, pulling weeds and tidying up the community green spaces.

Companions Forever Rescue

Companions Forever Rescue is dedicated to finding loving animals there forever homes. Abstrakt will be helping Companions Forever Rescue set up for their biggest garage sale of the year. The money raised will be used to help all of the present and future animals that come through the doors of Companions Forever Rescue.

Covenant House

Covenant House strives to serve young people age 16-21 who are living without homes and protect and safeguard all youth with absolute respect and unconditional love. Our team members will be serving meals, organizing and doing yard work.

Crisis Nursery

The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery is committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect and provides emergency intervention, respite care and support to families in crisis. Abstrakters will be cleaning up grounds and facilities and participating in the Cuddle Program.

Fresh Starts Community Garden

Fresh Starts Community Garden is known as a vibrant place to grow your own produce. They have a strong sense of community at Fresh Starts which helps bring love and friendship into the local community. Abstrakt will be helping out in the local community green space.

Friends of Kids with Cancer

Friends of Kids with Cancer is devoted to enriching the daily lives of children undergoing treatment for cancer and blood related diseases. Their mission is to be an advocate for these special kids and provide them and their families with the recreational, educational, and emotional support needed throughout the long hours of chemotherapy illness and isolation. Abstrakt team members will be driving and running errands to various treatment centers.

Gateway Greening

Gateway Greening has been working to provide creative, grassroots solutions to urban problems since 1984. The organization’s founders saw St. Louis residents with few options for fresh food, vacant lots attracting undesirable activity, and a lack of hands-on learning for youth in threatened neighborhoods. Abstrakt is empowered by Gateway Greening ways to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture.

Lafayette Square

The Lafayette Square Restoration Committee (LSRC) is your neighborhood association! They are a not-for-profit organization, which seeks to facilitate the preservation and redevelopment of Lafayette Square, respecting its special historic character and enhancing its overall livability. The purposes of the LSRC are: to foster community improvement, to encourage restoration and preservation, to re-establish Lafayette Park as a focal point, to stabilize the neighborhood, to foster civic pride, to acquire property to further its goals, and to encourage and support legislation for preservation, restoration, and improvement of the area. Our Abstrakt team members will be assisting Lafayette in cleaning up the green spaces in our local community.

Operation Food Search

Established in 1981, Operation Food Search (OFS) is a leader in hunger relief, nutrition education, and advocacy serving the Greater St. Louis region. Each month, Operation Food Search helps to feed more than 200,000 individuals who struggle with hunger and food insecurity through our key programs: Emergency Food Distribution, Operation Backpack, Nutrition Education, Summer Meals. With a goal to end childhood hunger, OFS empowers families and help children access the food they need. Abstrakt will be helping sort all of the food for the drive.

PALS Animal Shelter

Pets A-Lone Sanctuary (PALS) is a no-kill shelter located in rural Lincoln County, Missouri. PALS mission is to be an asset to the community and pet owners by finding good homes for impounded, stray, abandoned, neglected, or owner turned in dogs and cats by providing care and shelter for them until they are adopted.  Abstrakt team members will be litter scooping, cleaning animal kennels, dishes, vacuuming, mopping, dusting, walking dogs, scooping outdoor dog yards, organizing stockroom supplies, brushing/bathing animals and doing laundry.

Patrick Henry Downtown School Garden

Patrick Henry Downtown School Garden is located directly behind Patrick Henry Downtown Academy. This garden brings happiness to those are the school and brightens up the community which surrounds it. Abstrakt team members will be assisting in cleaning up the community garden, leaving the space greener and cleaner than before.

Southside Wellness Center

Southside Wellness Center Inc. provides adult day care services in Saint Louis, MO. Services offered include organized daily activities in a community-based setting, transportation, meals, and professional supervision. Southside Wellness Center also created the Community Gardens Program. The Community Gardens Program has helped start and support more than 200 community gardens in the St. Louis area. These gardens have inspired, educated, and reflected the pride of the program’s participants, and have often become community focal points and catalysts for neighborhood improvement. Abstrakt will be helping clean the community green space in a couple of these amazing gardens.

Special Olympics Kickball

Special Olympics’ main goal is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Abstrakt is thrilled to assist athletes in whatever way they need while playing kickball. From referring, to cheering, to coaching, to playing, Abstrakt can hardly wait!

The Haven of Grace

The Haven of Grace provides a home for young, homeless pregnant women to redefine their lives. The Haven offers a caring environment for young mothers to heal and bond with their infants while providing programing designed to empower each woman. Abstrakt will be helping The Haven of Grace clean, organize and complete yard work.

Your Garden

Your Garden strives to be a safe place for anyone and everyone to gather to hang out, exercise, talk, and play. Your Garden hopes to be handicapped accessible, so everyone feels welcome. They believe that building relationships through the community is the best way to live a happy life. Abstrakt will be helping to clean the community green spaces, setting up a patio and building the foundation for their newest garden!

YWCA Centers

YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. It is the YWCA’s vision for women and their families achieve their full potential and well-being in a world without discrimination. They have several organizations which Abstrakt will be providing service at.

YWCA Central Office

Abstrakt team members will be helping organize the office for all of these great head start centers.

YWCA EduCare

Abstrakters will be helping children grow and learn in the classroom.

YWCA West Florissant Center

We will be helping children in the classroom and organizing donations.