Safety Marking recognizes how important it is to give back to our local community. We work with organizations and foundations in our local area to provide assistance to those around us in need.
Thomas Merton House
Food and Coat Drives
Annually, SMC encourages the staff to contribute to the Thanksgiving Food Drive for our local food pantry, and to the We Care to Share Winter Coat Drive.
American Cancer Society Walk
Team SMC walks for a cure because we believe every steps counts in the fight against cancer!
Wakeman Boy’s and Girl’s Club
Safety Marking, Inc. will be going OVER THE EDGE for a good cause. In support of the Wakeman Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Safety Marking will be sponsoring and participating in the OVER THE EDGE challenge. With your help, our goal is to raise $2000.00 in support of this great cause. In return, two of our willing employees will get to rappel down the side of the People’s Bank building on Main St. in Bridgeport. To support Team SMC please donate here:
Diplomas2Degrees (D2D) is a college readiness program that provides a range of critical services and guidance to Wakeman club members as they work toward high school graduation and prepare for post-secondary education and career success. The program serves about 75 middle and high school students at Wakeman’s Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse in Bridgeport. Nearly all of these teens are the first in their families to attend college and/or graduate from high school.
Many of the middle school students are unaware of the high school options available to them beyond their high school district of Bassick. The program focuses on placing them in private, parochial, charter, or public schools in Bridgeport and surrounding towns. Once students enter high school they take part in the full D2D program which includes all the following which are free of charge:
- Subject-specific tutoring
- SAT tutoring
- Support in researching college options and completing college applications including financial aid forms and essays
- Assistance with finding scholarship opportunities
- Tours of local colleges in the tri-state area throughout the school year
- A weeklong college tour in August
College Tour Details
The annual weeklong college tour takes place in August. Ten teens accompanied by two staff members spend the week visiting schools in the mid-Atlantic and southern states. The goal is to expose teens to schools in a different part of the country and allow them to see different types of schools – large state universities, small private colleges as well as schools in both urban and rural settings. For many of the teens, the college tour is their only opportunity to visit colleges and universities outside of the Northeast. This year, they visited nine schools in Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland and New York. A different “loop” is conducted every year and in the past groups have traveled as far south as Georgia and Alabama.
The teens travel on the college tour in the Wakeman van which was so generously funded by Mark Kelly and Safety Marking. The van also gets plenty of use throughout the year. During Summer Camp and our After School Program it is used for field trips, to take the kids to swim lessons at the Fairfield YMCA, to bring kids to our Southport Clubhouse for programs, and much more.