May of Caring: A Campaign For Good
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At World Wide Technology, our goal is to Make a New World Happen not only for our customers but for our people and communities all over the globe. WWT strives to create new realities that build a brighter future for all. As a company, we are rooted in delivering outcomes and making positive impacts on the world by encouraging and enabling our employees to positively impact the communities they live in.
May of Caring is an initiative inspired by WWT EMEA that encourages teams across the globe to plan and participate in volunteer activities using their Day of Caring benefit, in which every WWT employee receives a day of pay to volunteer and serve their community. From sorting donations at food banks to mentoring youth in the US, Hong Kong, UK, and more, WWT employees around the world show up and make a huge social impact! Highlighted below are some of the volunteer projects our amazing WWT employees and teams supported, and their "why" for getting involved in the community.
Members of our women's Employee Resource Group, LEAD, volunteered their time to host a Career Exploration Day at Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls in St. Louis, MO. LEADers spent time speaking with middle and high school students about their school and career goals, the variety of career paths available in the technology industry, and how to turn their passions into opportunities. The LEADers also hosted a goal-setting session to encourage discussion and begin outlining the steps needed to fulfill those goals through high school, and into the future.
— Jenn Hoffman, CCWP, Area Director | Strategic Resourcing
— Tabitha Guice-Rice, Partner Specialist | Global Partner Alliances
In celebration of Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month in May, volunteers from WWT's Northern California office and Employee Resource Group, Ohana, co-hosted a Day of Caring event at the Alameda County Community Food Bank. WWT employees worked alongside other volunteer groups from Google, Xerox, Beam Suntory, Slalom, Empowerment For Success and students from Kipp King Collegiate High School.
AANHPI Heritage Month marks two historic occasions: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the mainland United States on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869, thanks in large part to the work of as many as 20,000 Chinese immigrant laborers. There are approximately 1.7 million people residing in Alameda County, of which the Alameda County Community Food Bank provides services to approximately 1 out of 4 residents. Food insecurity is a particularly serious problem among the AANHPI communities that are most economically disadvantaged and marginalized. With our help sorting, screening and boxing fresh produce and non-perishable foods, the WWT NCAL/Ohana volunteers directly contributed to the processing of approximately 28,120 total pounds of food, equating to approximately 23,340 meals! Additionally, all volunteers were encouraged to participate in the ACCFB's initiative to "write" local State Senators and State Assembly members to support critical hunger-relief programs that directly affect all local food banks. Thanks to the help of the amazing WWT volunteers, the Alameda County Community Food Bank can provide healthy food to those residents relying on their services.
— Carlos Jimenez, Counsel | Legal & Compliance
WWT volunteers in Edwardsville, IL partnered with the Metro East Humane Society by pulling weeds, cleaning toys and spending quality time with some of the lovely animals. WWT employee, Jessica Martin, shared that the team chose Metro East Human Society because it is a no-kill shelter that provides resources for the local community, which includes humane medical treatment, vaccinations and low-cost spay/neuter services.
— Jessica Martin, Sr. Non Conformance Specialist | Global Order Operations Non Conformance Team
Members of our Hong Kong team volunteered at Food Angel, which is a non-profit organization that focuses on food rescue and food assistance. The program was launched in 2011 by Bo Charity Foundation with the mission of 'waste not, hunger not, with love'. The program rescues edible surplus food from different sectors of the food industry that would otherwise be disposed of as waste. Following strict safety protocols, the rescued food items are then prepared as nutritious meals in central kitchens and food packs. The meals are distributed to serve the underprivileged communities in Hong Kong. Our Hong Kong team volunteered time at their central kitchen to help with the preparation of meals and food packs, which will be delivered to the charity partners.
— Yvonne Lee, Sr. Manager, Human Resources APAC
This May, 350 WWT employees devoted over 1,700 hours of their time to volunteering in their communities. Thank you to all who participated in World Wide Technology's second annual global May of Caring to Make a World Wide Difference!