By day, she acts as AmeriCU Credit Union’s creative services manager establishing and maintaining AmeriCU’s overall look and feel, but by night, Beth Park volunteers for Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a non-profit that builds and delivers beds to children in need. Inspired by the national organization’s mission, Park and her five siblings established a local chapter in Utica in July.
“When one sibling starts something, we all get involved,” Park quipped. “We did a community launch, started taking in donations and building a volunteer base. Within six weeks, we were delivering hand-crafted beds to children who didn’t have one.”
As a proud sponsor of Sleep in Heavenly Peace’s Utica chapter, AmeriCU employees and volunteers were eager to participate over a two-week period in October, assembling beds for children in the Utica area. As part of the sponsorship, the credit union also supplies the mattresses needed for the beds made.
Since July, SHP have built and delivered 60 beds and hope to deliver 40 more by year-end. While an impressive number, Park said the demand is still there – SHP has a backlog of more than 80 bed requests for local children still in need.
“There is a demand that we hadn’t considered,” said Park. “That a child may be sleeping on the floor, or sharing a bed with a parent or sibling, so it’s incredible that we’re able to fill this very basic need for families in our community.”