Be a Back to School Leader this Year!

board-928378_960_720Whether your child is headed to school for the first year of kindergarten or the last year of high school, getting involved at school can help both you and your child become leaders in your community. Giving back at school is a great way to show interest in your child’s education, build their self-esteem and enrich your community.

Keep in mind that there are many opportunities within the school system and that not all volunteer opportunities are right for everyone. To decide which opportunities are right for you take into consideration your personal skill set, and the amount of time you have to dedicate to school involvement. Be sure to assess your options before committing to any long-term projects or activities. Below are a few ways you can volunteer inside and outside of the classroom.

In the Classroom:

  • Act as a classroom helper
  • Volunteer in the school library
  • Chaperone field trips
  • Mentor or tutor
  • Speak during Career Day

Outside of the Classroom:

  • Attend school board meetings
  • Coach sports teams
  • Volunteer to travel with the school band or orchestra
  • Lead the local Girl or Boy Scouts
  • Donate classroom supplies

pencil-918449_960_720Parent Teacher Association:

Many schools have Parent Teacher Associations (PTA). The PTA is an important part of the school system. The organization brings parents and school administrators together to discuss important school related issues including, budgets, curriculum, discipline issues, etc. There are various roles within the PTA that need to be filled including, President, Secretary, and Treasurer. If you do not have time to take a named role within the organization you can ask to serve on a committee of your interest. If you are interested in joining the PTA at your child’s school attending an open house, usually held in the beginning of the school year, is a great place to start.

Are you planning to volunteer this school year? Do you have any prior PTA experiences? Share additional ideas for getting involved at school in the comments!

Just another Friday at ABG

Welcome back to the ABG Capital blog where you’ll find all of the important information from around our office! Things are starting to pick up again, now that summer is winding down and school is starting back up. It’s about that time when the push is on to get all of the projects completed before the end of the year.

ABG Capital Volunteers

The ABG Capital gang volunteering at the Food Bank last year!

It’s also that time of the year when all of our events are in full bloom! We are planning to have an open house to show off our brand new office, we’ll be heading to the Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank Repack Center in Duquesne to do some volunteer work and lastly we’ve begun planning the ABG Capital Holiday Party! Who wouldn’t be excited for all of these great events!

We’re also promoting some employee suggested events such as the Covered Bridge Festival, Radical Days and a Sporting Clay Shoot Fundraiser benefiting the Michael J. Novosel Foundation.

We mentioned that we’re planning an open house to show off our new office. That means we have to have something to show off, right? We’ll we’ve put together an Office Decorating Committee who will be in charge of making our office look awesome. We want to highlight our employees, our mission, our C.O.R.E. Values and basically anything that represents us and the ABG Way. There have been tons of HUGE ideas floating around, so we know the new office is going to look fantastic!

Newest ABG Capital employeeThe last bit of news we have to mention is the newest member of the ABG Capital team. His name is Cameron Nutter and he will be working with VoIP Innovations. Welcome aboard Cameron!