NBU Community Service Programs
NBU's community service programs are volunteer employee projects of NBU designed to promote the health and vitality of the community and the safety and comfort of its residents. NBU employees have contributed over 6,000 hours of their time to our community service programs since 2001.
In addition to their roles as NBU community service program volunteers, our employees are actively involved in numerous civic, service, church and youth organizations. We consider it our privilege to give back to this community in ways that enhance the quality of life for everyone. If you have questions about any of these programs, you are welcome to call (830) 629-8486. The following programs will be part of our community service efforts this year:
- In Schools— For over 25 years, our employees have been teaching area schoolchildren throughout New Braunfels that NBU trucks and employees can provide them with access to emergency services. Each of our trucks is equipped with SAFEhaven identification, enabling any child in need to ask an NBU employee to call for medical or public safety assistance. SAFEhaven provides children—and adults—an alternative to asking for help from people they don’t know.
NBU’s SAFEhaven in Schools mascot, Bucky the Bucket Truck, visits New Braunfels area schools to share the message of safety education and to invite children, in grades kindergarten through third, to participate in the annual SAFEhaven coloring book contest.
SAFEhaven coloring books are passed out to each child in conjunction with the school program, which they can take home and share what they have learned with their parents. Parents, in turn, are encouraged to take the opportunity to discuss the topic of safety at home, in school and in the community with their child.
Inside each book is an entry for the SAFEhaven “Draw Bucky” Contest. It is a chance for each child to create and color their interpretation of Bucky the Bucket Truck for a chance to win a fabulous prize! Congratulations to the 2012 winners: Kindergarten Division - Morgan Leet; First Grade Division - Blaise House; Second Grade Division - Randi Bush; and Third Grade Division - Haydin Henderson. These students have won a field trip for their homeroom class to the McKenna Children's Museum as well as a family pass to the McKenna Children's Museum for their winning entries.
Operation MedSafe—The next Operation MedSafe will be held in the April 27, 2013. Over 120 lbs. of pills and tablets were disposed of at the September 29 event!
NBU, in partnership with the New Braunfels Police Department, Home Instead Senior Care, Restorative Health Care, and the Allied Institute of Medicine, offers residents a disposal opportunity for their unused and expired medications twice a year. Operation MedSafe helps to reduce the amount of pharmaceuticals that are released into the wastewater and water systems.
New Braunfels residents or their family caregivers can simply drive up to the location where officers will be on hand to receive the drop-off of pills and capsules. Residents are asked to keep their medications in their original prescription containers until they hand them over to a police officer. These will then be transferred to a DEA-provided storage bag. After the event, all medications will be properly disposed of by the New Braunfels Police Department. Representatives from NBU will be on hand to provide information about safe disposal of pharmaceuticals and answer any questions. PLEASE NOTE: We are NOT able to accept liquids of any form, powders, patches, etc.
Visit www.operationmedsafe.com for complete information about future events.
- NBU Kinderschuhe 5K Run/Walk—The next NBU Kinderschuhe 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, March 2, 2013.
Whether you are a serious competitor, new to the sport of running, or just looking for something fun that lets you give back to the community, you will definitely want to put the NBU Kinderschuhe 5K Run/Walk on your calendar! NBU employees will host the 2013 Kinderschuhe 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 2, 2013 as a way to offer a healthy, family-oriented activity that enabled participants to also aid others in our community who are in need. All registration fees for the event will go to Communities in Schools in order for them to purchase shoes for low income school children throughout the year.
Thanks to everyone who attended the 2012 event! Results are available at www.athleteguild.com.
- NBU Community Shred Day—The next NBU Community Shred Day will be held April 20, 2013.
NBU hosts an annual Community Shred Day to provide customers with an opportunity to not only dispose of their confidential information in a secure manner, but also to do so in an environmentally friendly way! Shred-It, Inc. takes the material to a recycling facility so it can be utilized in paper products. Since 2009, over 32,000 lbs. of paper was shredded and recycled...that's the equivalent of 160 trees! Visit www.nbushredday.com for complete information about this event.