This time of year, it is always a delight for us to recognize a particular sponsor or two. With the holiday season upon us, we are all called to be thankful and show our gratitude for the good things and people in our lives. This year, we wanted to highlight our long-term partnership with the incredible organization, Nautilus Inc.
Nautilus has been a committed sponsor of PAL programming and events from almost the very beginning of our story. Over the years they have donated time, products, funds and more to PAL’s various ventures. One of their major contributions that shines brightest at PAL is their commitment to Prospere sponsorship. The 2018-2019 school year, marks the third year in a row that Nautilus has sponsored one entire mentoring Prospere Group program at the middle school level.
What this means is that they cover all the costs associated with the program at one school AND commit to sending two of their employees to be a part of the on-site mentoring team. This is a huge benefit to the youth in our community! Mentoring directly “enhances confidence, sees participants set higher goals, take positive risks and achieve at higher levels.”* Having the chance to offer a mentoring group, and have two local community members participating is such a wonderful opportunity!
Actually, just this past weekend was another big event for PAL and Nautilus. Partnered with PAL, the Vancouver Police Department, and several social service agencies, this is Nautilus’ 15th year hosting Shop With A Cop. This huge event allows 100 youth to go out shopping for Christmas presents! Each participant is given $100 to spend and then they get to go shopping with a cop and a Nautilus employee. The event happens locally at the Target off Mill Plain and 164th and it is a sight to behold! There is something so empowering for these youth to be able to pick out presents for their loved ones that come directly from their heart without having to worry about cost or anything else.
Again, this is just a few of the examples of the ways that Nautilus, Inc. partners with PAL and makes major contributions to this community. We can’t say a big enough thank you to this organization and their employees who give so much! All we can really say is that we here at PAL are humbled and proud to serve with you all!