COLA Contracting Services -   - Working together towards a safe and compliant community.

                                                                                                                                                                          
BRICKSHARE and Care Program 
 
Mission:  To receive donated building bricks and blocks to keep them from going to the landfill and give them to under-served kids to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills.
 

Why bricks and blocks?  Building with bricks and blocks gives many skills and may lead you to a career field in engineering.
 
Survey says:  Playing with plastic bricks and blocks increases an interest in engineering; technical; and math skills; teaches you how to follow directions and blossoms imagination.
 
How will the program work?
We will use a referral application process to identify kids in need.  We will also use word-of-mouth and target under-served schools, and foster children.

Who will we benefit?
Under-served kids – kids that do not have plastic bricks and blocks.
Everyone- we will help keep unrecyclable toys from the landfill and get unused toys out of people’s homes.
 
Sorting:
We will sort according to color, shape, and size.  We will leave kits the way they are.
 
Recycling:
Rarely do you have broken plastic bricks and blocks.  But if we do not have many, we can recycle them at Republic Services.
 
Re-use:  Giving plastic bricks and blocks to under-served kids so they can play with them and show them links to learn how to play with them.
 
Clean:  Disinfectant wipes and/or Sanitation wipes; Soap and water first, if needed.
 
Package:  Ziploc bags was our first choice, but we realized they would not easily be recycled.  So we will use paper lunch bags with our logo and information.
 
Distribute:  At events or at foster homes or at church/school.

How many under-served children we have helped:  10 to date
 
How to receive donations:  

A referral application must be completed.  Donated used or new bricks and blocks are intended for under-served children that currently do not have them for play.

Donations depend upon inventory and will be given on a first come, first served basis.  

For a referral application, email "Brickshare" in the subject line to cfilla@colacontractingsafety.com

What to expect:

A bag filled with clean, new or used plastic bricks and blocks to build and play using your imagination. A sheet with internet links will be provided to help you with ideas!
 
 
 Benefits of playing with plastic bricks and blocks:

Following directions    
Interested in Engineering
Math
Reading
Science
                                 Social Skills
                              Communication
 
 
To donate used bricks and blocks, use the contact information below. Thank you!
 

This program is sponsored by:

Circle of Light Associates Non-Profit Organization; 
                         COLA STEM Initiative; and
              COLA Contracting Services - Safety Admin. 
                             320 Brookes Dr, Suite 219,
                                Hazelwood MO 63042
                                       314-265-6880
                        cfilla@colacontractingsafety.com

 


     Applications may be denied due to the discretion of Circle of  Light Associates 
               Non-Profit Organization's employees or program volunteers.
 
 

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