AmCham Foundation Volunteers from Avis Budget Group Make a Difference in Children's Homes

  • October 05, 2018
Read about their experiences in their own words.

Bólya Children Home

A couple of weeks ago, Avis’ Customer Service Northern Region Team visited the Bólyai Children Home where we had the pleasure to help an institution we did not know a lot about at first. After a humbling and enriching day there, impressed by the workers’ vocation, we decided to support the home in the long run.

Before getting started, the director of the establishment talked about the history and the main challenges of the home.  Our volunteers were shocked, but we began to understand the weight of the situation.

The institution does not have the required funds nor the capacity to complete many essential tasks just by themselves: there is a handful of people working to make a difference in the future of 40 children, who arrived to the Bólyai Children Home from the poorest levels of our society.

We helped sorting out an endless amount of donations, mainly clothes, shoes and toys which have been sitting in the gym for months. The kids were delighted to be able to play in the gym again!

Afterwards, our team helped move heavy furniture within the building, painted the front door and the wall and cleaned up the place.

A huge-proud thank you to everyone who had the chance to join us on that wonderful Saturday morning! See you next time!Their gratefulness of the children and the staff made the Saturday’s work absolutely worthwhile and we decided to adopt this institution for the year, so we can really make a difference for these kids - step by step.

Burattino Children Home

The Avis Budget Group BSC is committed to support children in need. That is why the Business Improvement Team intended to choose a children’s home to support. When we first heard about the Burattino Children Home in Csepel, there was no question we need to visit the little residents there.

A week before our visit, a few of us went to Mátyás street in Csepel to observe the area. Highly motivated, we gathered on Friday and with the help of the nearby Budget Station who offered a car for free, we delivered toys, balls, tools to the home.

Saturday morning, we painted the living room of the house and straightened up the garden by mowing the lawn, pruning the bushes, re-building the barbecue area, fixing the slide and setting up the swings. During the afternoon we ordered pizza and inaugurated the new barbecue area with delicious meat and cheese we bought for the little ones.

When the kids arrived after their daily program, they were absolutely overjoyed by the great BBQ party we threw for them. They rushed to try the new toys, the slide, the swings and the football goal and the new balls with eyes lit up. But the surprises did not end here. We donated the institution new laptops to support their education and entertainment.

After all the work, it was a heart-warming experience to play some some garden board games with them.

We all think it was a memorable day not just for kids but for all of us. It was touching to see they enjoyed their time with us. This was not a one-time occasion! We would like to thank Burattino for this wonderful experience!

COMING UP NEXT

  • On October 13, the volunteers of the AmCham Foundation will visit AGA Gyermekotthon (1186 Budapest, Tövishát u. 2) to pain corridors and rooms, plant flowers, repaire equipment and play with the kids. If you want to join, please contact Erika Bosnyák at erika.bosnyak@gmail.com.
  • On the very same day, volunteers will go to the Bliss Foundation (1112 Budapest, Neszmélyi út 36.) to help clean up and plant flowers. Help is wanted!

Interested in the Foundation's work?

If you want to learn more about the Foundation's mission and work, please contact Erika Bosnyák at erika.bosnyak@gmail.com

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Erika BOSNYÁK

Erika BOSNYÁK

Secretary of the AmCham Foundation

+36 30 941 3001