On August 23, for the fourth year in a row, Bain Capital IT participated in a day of service at the Italian Home for Children during their SunSplash Event. On a hot summer day, more than 70 Bain Capital team members donated their time to provide the children, teachers, and families with a spectacular day of fun in the sun.
The kids arrived at noon, and despite the yummy smells of hamburgers and hot dogs coming from the outdoor grills, they went running straight to the popcorn and slush machines. Other stations included a giant slide, dunk tank, tattoo station, face painting, candy bar, and an assortment of carnival games. The kids spent the afternoon running around to each game and dancing to tunes from a local DJ.
The biggest surprise and greatest thrill for the kids and volunteers was the K9 demonstration presented by the Boston Police Department.
At 3pm, when the day ended, our volunteers watched the kids walk away with their families and teachers with big smiles on their faces. It is a uniquely rewarding experience for the volunteers seeing these kids laugh and have fun amidst sometimes tremendously difficult personal circumstances. The event gave the IT volunteers the opportunity to help a neighbor, have fun, and strengthen their team spirit.
Italian Home for Children is a residential and day treatment facility for emotionally and behaviorally challenged children and was selected for the service day because of the great work they do enriching the lives of children and families in the community.