Giving Outside of the Giving Season

Here at Dialsmith, we’re as guilty as anyone of getting caught up in the business of our business.  So every once in a while, we need to remind ourselves that there’s important work being done outside of our focus area. That’s why every September, Dialsmith gets involved in supporting the amazing efforts of Portland’s Community Transitional School (CTS).

The Community Transitional School provides a safe, stable, and welcoming educational environment for children who are experiencing homelessness or are in transitional housing. CTS supports these families by providing flexible transportation throughout the greater Portland area so kids are able to attend the same school year-round, developing a stable sense of community and support. CTS also offers after-school programs so students can be involved in sports and other activities they might otherwise miss out on.

A small way we, at Dialsmith, help support CTS is through an annual donation of new books requested by CTS teachers for the school year. This year, we donated copies of two requested books: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk and Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo.

Another, more traditional, way we’ve supported CTS is through their annual holiday gift program where we’ve been able to purchase and deliver items from the students’ wish lists.

It’s been a humbling and rewarding experience to get to know CTS and their incredibly dedicated staff through the support we’ve been able to provide. It’s also a good reminder that while giving during the holiday season is always welcome, there are ten other months of the year where great organizations, like CTS, can also use our support.

To learn more about the Community Transitional School, please visit www.transitionalschool.org.