As the holidays are quickly approaching, we decided to connect with several companies to see what they are doing year-round to give back and support their communities.
Veracode has partnered with Charity Miles, the app that turns all the miles you might walk, run or bike into dollars for charity. Veracode is committing $1 for every mile an employee accumulates until December 1st to Resilient Coders for #GivingTuesday. Resilient Coders trains youth in underserved communities in areas such as software engineering, website development, and app design. The organization works to achieve social justice through economic empowerment, and the opportunity for meritocracy in tech by providing better access to high-growth careers. So far, Veracoders have earned $9,400 toward this goal!
Chewy’s philanthropic mission to help fulfill the urgent needs of shelter and rescue organizations ensures that pets have basic necessities, like meals and supplies, despite challenging circumstances. Chewy’s donations have provided pet food, healthcare supplies, and other essential products to animal welfare organizations and pet parents throughout the country in partnership with GreaterGood.org and other animal welfare organizations.
Chewy is celebrating this year’s Giving Tuesday by providing an easy way for pet parents to give back by making a purchase on Chewy.com on December 1, 2020. To learn more about this campaign, click here.
For years, we've focused the month of October as "Rapid7GivesBack," participating in supporting organizations in each of our regions across the globe, primarily targeting STEM and DEI focused organizations. This year, we launched it virtually in October, and announced we'd be focusing these efforts year round going forward. We are now able to keep each other updated on the work through slack, capturing on our microsite, and highlighting volunteering efforts each month to build awareness.
We recently participated in our parent company's global "Dept Cares Day." Every year, we invite employees to donate some of their time to give back to their communities. We pick a date and teams from around the world volunteer at various initiatives in their hometowns and home countries. This year is obviously challenging with the pandemic, so we decided to come together for a beach cleanup at Salisbury Beach so that we could gather safely while still volunteering our time. A small group of Rocket folks fueled up on our favorite donuts from Changing Tides in Newburyport and got to work collecting trash on the beach and throughout the parking lot. We also encouraged other employees that could not join us in person to clean up around their own neighborhoods or communities.
HealthcareSource has been involved in a handful of ways of giving back, some of these initiatives include:
- Team members hand sewed masks and distributed them to local healthcare providers, first responders, schools and other locations in need throughout our communities. We had enough fabric to create over 850+ masks! Team members also created kits for local post-acute providers to use while residents and staffs needed to quarantine on location. The kits included crosswords and word searches, plants, coffee gift cards and more.
- Thank you, healthcare workers video montage
- Blood “Drive-to-Donate”. Given the increased need for blood, and lack of donations across the country, HealthcareSource employees volunteered to donate.
- HealthcareSource employees participated in the Virtual Walk to End Alzheimer's on Sunday, September 27th! The team raised more than $3,500 for the Alzheimer’s Association!
- For the last 2 years HealthcareSource has participated in the Wonderfund! Employees purchase holiday gifts for children in need who are part of the Mass DCF program. We are kicking off this program again this year!
Giving back is integral to Vecna Robotics and is embedded throughout our community interactions during the year. In fact, employees can take up to 4 hours a week in PTO to spend on community service. In the last 6 months, through company-wide participation, Vecna Robotics has donated clothes to Second Chances, books to More Than Words, food/household items to the Middlesex Human Service Agency, Outfit and PJ Packs to Cradles to Crayons, and toys for Toys for Tots.
Every other month, TRUX selects three employees to spotlight. Each spotlighted employee is able to donate $100 to a charity of their choice. Including our employees in charitable giving is a great way for us to celebrate our team and give back to the community!
Last week, ZoomInfo kicked off its 2020 Winter Donation Drive, during which its 1,600-plus employees will spend the next month competing to raise the most money for their local charities, including Newton's Cradles to Crayons. They'll look to outdo their efforts from 2019, when they raised more than $240,000 in cash and in-kind donations for youth- and family-focused organizations. “It has never been more important for us to step up and help our communities,” said Henry Schuck, Founder and CEO of ZoomInfo. “We can make a significant impact by helping to brighten the holiday season for those families in our communities who have endured a really challenging year.”
We’re collecting donations to put together both Housewarming baskets (materials needed when you move into an apartment such as cleaning and laundry products) and Blessing Bags (facemasks, hand sanitizer, gloves) for people supported by the Friends of Boston’s Homeless organization.
As daycares, public parks, and camps were off-limits this summer due to the pandemic, Hometap teamed up with Heading Home, a non-profit organization on a mission to end homelessness in the Greater Boston area. Together our team got creative, crafting 18 activity kits filled with art supplies, crafts, cooking supplies, and more to help underprivileged families learn and have fun at home.
In September, PrismHR held our first-ever Charity Auction for Education with items donated by employees with big talent and big hearts. Our Culture & Engagement Team created a special bidding site to display the items up for bid which included handmade knit hats and jewelry, family photo shoots, craft beer sampler packs, sports memorabilia, custom comic and cross-stitch art, and plenty of tasty treats. Nearly $2,800 raised for The National Center for Learning Disabilities, an organization that works to improve the lives of 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues.
At Mimecast, building resilient communities is core to who we are, and giving back is at the heart of the Mimecast Way. Our employees deliver cyber resilience every day to the organizations that we are privileged to call customers. As part of our commitment to global resilience, we've built our Resilience Together program to bring meaningful and sustained support to the global communities where we live and work.
We are also proud to support our veterans through our partnership with Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program.
iboss hosted their first Virtual Volunteering Event on World Kindness Day to benefit youth experiencing homelessness. iboss employees and their families were given the opportunity to create Bare Necessities Bundles through an online activity to provide essential items such as socks, deodorant, and other hygiene items for junior high and high school students in need. The kits also included a personalized letter of positivity to help bring confidence and comfort, empowering them to succeed. With the help from Building Impact, all Bare Necessities Bundles will be distributed by local organizations to the youth they serve. Kits will benefit: Catie’s Closet, Covenant House, and Stand Up for Kids.
Through Imprivata’s Volunteer Program, our employees have had the opportunity to learn about and volunteer with organizations focused on providing opportunities for youth. For the past three years, Imprivata has provided mentors for BUILD Boston, an organization that offers entrepreneurship classes to high schools students in under-resourced communities. Our BUILD group has been working on a virtual design challenge that solves a problem directly related to the impact of COVID-19 on a specific community using the design thinking process
We have two iZoCares days a year where we organize around giving back by making changes internally and externally. The hackathon is a chance to challenge what's possible with a focus on anti-racism in our organization, community, and industry. The areas we've started working include: donation matching (Equal Justice Initiative, Southern Poverty Law Center, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, among others), Equity Learning Lab (education and internal change efforts), STEAM opportunities for youth and equity in audio education.
SuitUp is an organization that increases college and career awareness and preparedness for students in underserved communities through innovative business competitions. We recently had the pleasure of volunteering with this fantastic organization. After spending a week with these smart, determined, and creative students working to create a new product for Nike, we were beyond impressed. We can't wait to work with them again!
Supporting our global communities is something we take pride in at Recorded Future, and 2020 has given us the opportunity to give back in several ways. This year, we have raised funds to provide lunches for first responders from a local food truck, given t-shirts and snacks to homeless shelters, and donated to charities supporting LGBTQIA+ groups. In lieu of a holiday gift this year, Futurists have the opportunity to make a donation to one of four global charities, and we will also be providing Thanksgiving dinners to low-income families in need in the Boston area.
Toast’s mission to empower the restaurant community to delight guests, do what they love, and thrive was really put to the test this year. On March 17, 2020, we launched Rally for Restaurants, a grassroots initiative to give restaurants a fighting chance during the COVID-19 health crisis. Since then, we’ve written letters to congress, actively lobbied to help secure funding for the industry, and partnered with groups ranging from The Independent Restaurant Coalition - co-founded by Chef Tom Colicchio - to Pepsi to José Andrés' World Central Kitchen to help advocate for restaurateurs and the community during this unprecedented time. We’ve launched products 12-18 months ahead of schedule to support the restaurant community better adapt to the pandemic, such as flat-fee delivery services and contactless payments. What’s next for us is to continue doing everything we can to help the restaurant industry recover and come back stronger leading up to the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine.
In addition to Rally for Restaurants and our community response to the COVID-19 health crisis, we’re committed to our purpose of enriching the food experience for all. Through this, Toast’s corporate philanthropy efforts drive impact across the cause pillars: food, community, and environment. Key results included providing 50,000 meals to at-risk children through No Kid Hungry and rescuing nearly half a million pounds of food in partnership with Project Bread.
Cantina's "Innovation with Impact" program is accepting applications from organizations who are focused on helping to drive and support positive change. The selected partner will receive Cantina's pro bono services (design research, experience design, product design, or software engineering) for up to 8 weeks. This could be everything from designing a new mobile app to rethinking a service experience or as simple as helping create a project strategy.
Organizations with social mission projects in climate, sustainability, land conservation, food and food waste, justice and equality, poverty, homelessness, healthcare, education, and arts and music are some of the areas our team would love to solve with you. Other projects and impact areas outside of this list are also encouraged to apply.
To learn more about the program and apply, please click here: https://cantina.co/csr/.
Once again this year, as an ongoing charitable effort, Bullhorn has teamed up with amazing charities, both domestic and abroad, for their Holiday Heroes campaign. The holidays can be festive for most people, but they can also be challenging for others. At Bullhorn, we care about the community and try to make the holidays extra special for those children and their families who might need some extra support during this time of year. The Holiday Heroes Drive is part of our global Bullhorn Cares program, our employee volunteer and service initiative. It allows employees worldwide opportunities to find causes that are important to them and connect with their local communities. Volunteerism and service are integral components of our company’s fabric. Serving our communities globally is part of the Bullhorn culture, and our employees donate to organizations that give back to underserved and underprivileged children and families as well as to families of children with devastating medical conditions. All employee donations will be matched by Bullhorn.
This past July, Bullhorn took a stand against racism and launched an employee campaign called “Taking Action”. Here at Bullhorn, in an effort to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in our organization and in the technology industry, in hopes of making an immediate impact, we launched a donation campaign for the NAACP. In 30 days, our employees contributed a total of $12,500 which Bullhorn matched, donating a total of $25,000 to the NAACP.
Duck Creek Technologies’ global corporate social responsibility program, Duck Creek Gives Back, consists of a corporate matching program, global volunteer opportunities and a global team to support local and digital events. Locally, our Ducks contributed to their communities by participating in blood drives, food pantry work, food drives, clothing drives, COVID-19 mask making, and virtual mapping of remote areas for emergency service assistance. Duck Creek Gives Back has also provided donations to support disasters around the world through our global partnership with the Red Cross.
Yesware has offered full access to free seats for black owned small businesses in our community. We also supported local restaurants by purchasing gift cards for our employees.
At EDB, we do a yearly gift drive during the holidays for the Department of Children and Families. We also contribute to organizations leading the fight for racial and social justice through donations to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Black Lives Matter and Amnesty International. We believe it's important to listen to the concerns and ideas of our team, and to contribute positively to our communities based on their input and our company core values.
We just announced our Picking With PurposeTM Program in which we’ve partnered our robotic automation solutions with food rescue organizations City Harvest and The Greater Boston Food Bank to pick, pack, and distribute food to families in need in time for Thanksgiving. Berkshire Grey donated about 40,000 pounds of food, used one of our robotic automation systems to pick and pack that food into meal boxes for families in need, and our team members volunteered to run the system. City Harvest and The Greater Boston Food Bank are distributing the 4,000 meal boxes we produced. This is just the beginning. We are building a sponsorship program to make Picking With PurposeTM an ongoing initiative.
Tufin has done some additional perks during the past several months. Our CEO Ruvi Kitov gave all our employees extra PTO days to use as he knows everyone is working very hard during these challenging times. We have recently invested in a Wellness App called Wellable that our employees can take advantage of and have done several virtual Happy Hour events. Some of those have been a Rock N Roll Bingo, Halloween Trivia Contest and a Cocktail making class. We also plan on doing a lot more with the community in the next several weeks, as helping others is what Tufin is all about.
Clora sent gifts to a family in need. The family consists of a mom, dad, 4-year-old girl, and 7-year-old boy. Although it's a smaller size family, dad has a chronic health illness and mom is undergoing cancer treatment so they have a lot of needs.
Charity: Project Just Because