Microsoft's Community Affairs department participated in a team-building activity to assemble 300 Caregiver Kits. True to form, the team set a goal to race the clock and come out ahead of schedule, which of course they did. You could hear each person's expertise manifest as they couldn't help chatting about ways they'd tweak the system to improve efficiencies. Everyone enjoyed working together on something outside their daily routine and with such a tangible impact to help those volunteers caring for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Goldman Sachs executives and clients celebrated "Take Your Child To Work Day" in partnership with World Vision and the ONE Campaign. More than 100 people showed up in the Washington, D.C. office at Goldman Sachs to learn about the critical components of creating a movement and providing for those living in extreme poverty. Staff and families then assembled 350 Caregiver Kits to be sent overseas to support volunteers caring for people living with HIV & AIDS.
Washington Mutual rallied employees in the Seattle area to visit World Vision's warehouse facilities for a summer assembly of 500 backpacks stuffed with school supplies. Washington Mutual volunteers again came (some with their families) to join the community block party to help distribute these resources to children who needed them. Back to school is an important time for all children, and World Vision's Storehouse works to make sure children from low-income families in the U.S. have the tools they need to be ready to learn!
Troy Deason of UPS strongly encourages community service. Troy says “We are all going to be impacted by something we cannot handle by ourselves someday. Let's get involved and help others while we can and one day we will be receiving that same help from others.” Ten to 20 volunteers came from UPS to help at the distribution. “People are here from across the work groups that I never really got to know before.”
When asked what touched him most today, Troy said: “My daughter, on her own initiative, took a little four year old by the hand. He had been wandering around clutching a shirt that was way too big for him and she helped him find the right size. That’s the kind of thing you want to see your kids doing but this is the only way to really teach it."