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Ernst & Young celebrate Connect Day with Y Head Start

Ernst & Young Connect Day took place recently with the Y Head Start program at Kenwood Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. Nearly 30 Ernst & Young employees came together with parents and Y staff members to build Lending Libraries for Head Start children and families. Random House and Barnes & Noble donated books that were catalogued and assembled for the libraries.

“Two-thirds of America’s children living in poverty do not have any books at home. With no access to books, these children are not read to regularly and are among the most at risk for school failure,” said Chris Ader-Soto, senior vice president of Youth Development at the Y of Central Maryland. “By helping us build Lending Libraries that will be available to our 652 Baltimore County Head Start families, Ernst & Young is helping to lay the foundation for the success of these kids in school and life.”

Ernst & Young Connect Day is a day when employees get together and volunteer in their communities. It allows staff members to connect with one another, have fun and make a difference through donating their time with a variety of nonprofit organizations.

Ernst & Young volunteers Lisa Lyons and Arun Subhas catalog donated books for the Y’s new lending library.

Ernst & Young volunteers Lisa Lyons and Arun Subhas catalog donated books for the Y’s new lending library.

From left to right, Ernst & Young volunteers Jenn Vitelkites, Becky Kennedy-Oleszkiewicz, Beverly Jenkins and Edak Okpo work together to organize cataloging information.”

From left to right, Ernst & Young volunteers Jenn Vitelkites, Becky Kennedy-Oleszkiewicz, Beverly Jenkins and Edak Okpo work together to organize cataloging information.”

A group of Ernst & Young volunteers insert cataloging information into donated books.

A group of Ernst & Young volunteers insert cataloging information into donated books.

A selection of children’s books donated by Random House and Barnes & Noble for the lending library.

A selection of children’s books donated by Random House and Barnes & Noble for the lending library.