Faces of Success: Marilyn Schmoll
Competitiveness comes naturally for most businesses. United Way’s Stuff the Bus Days of Action Corporate Challenge takes competitiveness to a new level for United Way corporate partners.
“The Stuff the Bus Corporate Challenge is something we love to participate in,” says Cummins employee Marilyn Schmoll. “Our competitive nature gets to come out and there’s not a better way to challenge ourselves and other corporations around Nashville than with a cause like Stuff the Bus.”
The Stuff the Bus Corporate Challenge is one of five unique opportunities (Collection Drives, Corporate Challenge, Field Day, Sort-A-Thon and Backpack Delivery) offered to United Way of Metropolitan Nashville corporate partners through Stuff the Bus Days of Action. Each participating company selects a specific supply for their employees to collect. This creates the opportunity for friendly rivalry among co-workers and among companies. It’s also a critical component of the Stuff the Bus program with a goal of providing backpacks and school supplies to 10,000 Metropolitan Nashville Public School (MNPS) students.
MNPS research shows that 75 percent of their students are economically disadvantaged, meaning many parents simply cannot afford school supplies. Having school supplies on the first day of school creates an environment where the students can begin learning immediately, instead of focusing on the school supplies they are missing.
“Everyone here loves participating because they know they are helping a local child right here in Nashville,” says Schmoll. “We collected 28,510 packs of paper last year. It was incredible.”
Cummins created several different internal teams at three separate Cummins facilities in Nashville. Their mission was to collect as many packs of paper as possible. They accomplished that task and won the award for Most Supplies Collected. They also created an unbelievable display with their collected school supplies.
“We consolidated our supplies at one location and then began building our Pokémon display,” says Schmoll.
Schmoll is proud that her organization sets an example for others in Nashville to follow and is excited to participate again this year.
When organizations partner with United Way through Stuff the Bus Days of Action, they help improve community conditions. These powerful partnerships help us address the educational needs of future employees and leaders in our community.
Click here to get involved in Stuff the Bus Days of Action!