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Volunteering at Discovery Kids

This guest post is written by Chelsea, one of the interns we have working in our office this summer. As you can see we have some pretty amazing interns here :)

This summer, there are eighteen interns working on the Huntersville Newell-Rubbermaid campus working for both the Rubbermaid and Irwin brands.  Each assigned to a manager, mentor, and role, we’re getting a taste of life in “corporate America”.  Last Friday, we spent time together to experience Newell Rubbermaid’s commitment to “investing in community”.

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I grew up here in Huntersville (and am the only one who had heard of the town before arriving), so when we found out we would be helping at Discovery Place Kids, I was excited but unsure what to expect, as the museum has not yet opened.

We arrived on Friday morning, greeted by the staff with donuts and coffee (so nice!) and giant stacks of Rubbermaid shipment.  It was our job to empty the boxes full of products donated by Newell Rubbermaid and assemble what we found inside – totes, shelving, utility carts, trash cans, cleaning supplies, tools, you name it!  The theme of the museum is “I Can” (as was the theme of our intern t-shirts), so we adopted the mantra and got to work.

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Lessons from the day:

  • ALWAYS read the instructions, even if you think you know what you’re doing.  Getting into the groove is great until you realize you’ve assembled a cart the same way you did a different one and shouldn’t have.  Oops.
  • Carry a box cutter with you when unloading boxes.  You never know when it may come in handy.
  • Don’t doubt yourself.  How do you know you can’t assemble something until you’ve tried?  (Newell Rubbermaid makes it easy; if I can do it, I’m confident you can, too!)

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Once finished, we were able to sit back and admire the work we had done.  A few of us took some time to look around and became jealous of the kids who will be able to enjoy the exhibits.  Dorothy tried, but when they said the designs are for children through age seven, they meant it.  At least we were able to contribute to their fun!

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One Response to Volunteering at Discovery Kids

  1. Grace July 6, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    Great project! Looks really fun

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