Allen Community Outreach, Allen, TX
Seven volunteers spent a Saturday morning at Allen Community Outreach (ACO). After our holiday collection of 755 pounds of food items, gift cards and winter hats, gloves and scarves for ACO, we got to see firsthand how these items make a difference in a family’s life. The ACO is not only a food pantry, but also a place where families can shop for items based on their personal preferences and family size. We helped organize grocery bags, refilled refrigerated items, bagged groceries, and assisted clients with carrying items to their cars.
Make A Wish New Jersey, Monroe Township, NJ
Guardians in the Marlton NJ office wanted to do something a little different for the holidays: we decided to donate the funds we would have spent on a holiday luncheon to a local charity. We selected Make A Wish New Jersey, an inspiring organization that fulfills “wishes” for children with life-threatening illnesses. We didn’t go hungry, though -- everyone contributed to a festive potluck lunch, and we all enjoyed homemade specialties!
Sparsha Trust, Bengaluru, IN
In our Bengaluru (Bangalore) office, we have worked with one of the several shelters of Sparsha Trust since 2015. These children need a little extra attention. They come to our office after school, twice a week, and we help with subjects like English, Math, Science, and Hindi. Over the years we developed a strong relationship. We invite the children to our office during Diwali to showcase handmade lamps and visit the children for lunch and a game of cricket!
Vogel Alcove, Dallas, TX
Several of us from NETSCOUT’s Texas office took some time out of our work day to volunteer with children at Vogel Alcove, a childcare facility for homeless children in Dallas. The children ranged from 6 months to 5 years old, and were eager for attention and one-on-one time. They put us to work playing basketball and hula hoop, blowing bubbles, pushing tricycles, making “cakes” and “spaghetti” in the sandbox, watering the plants around the playground, and building homes for the toy animals! These are special children and a special place. We all left the facility extremely humbled and ready to go back.
Wonderfool Productions, Ann Arbor, MI
Each year WonderFool Productions, a nonprofit arts organization, hosts its annual FoolMoon event, a community art gathering and nighttime street fair with displays of homemade luminaries. We were invited to a series of workshops to learn to build luminaries. Our team was up to the challenge and built over 20 luminaries that we were excited to show off at the festival. We enjoyed the opportunity to exercise our creativity and participate in a favorite Ann Arbor event.
Ronald McDonald House Charities, Ann Arbor MI
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor provides a free place to stay for families with children being treated at University of Michigan/CS Mott Hospital. It’s nice that the families can walk right across the street to the hospital. Some of our Ann Arbor team members volunteered to provide a homecooked meal for families staying at the house. We prepared a full taco bar with all the toppings to be shared by the 40 people at the home that evening. We were thrilled and honored to be able to serve these families!
Shooting Stars Foundation and TeenHacks, San Jose CA
About 80 high-school students from around the Bay Area participated in a grueling 12-hour hackathon where they were challenged to use state-of-the-art platforms and technology to produce a working prototype of an app that should benefit the community. Our volunteers mentored teams, served as judges, set up our office to accommodate the students, provided IT support, and most importantly, kept everyone fueled with food and snacks. We were inspired by how the students collaborated with each other to come up with innovative ideas to improve our community with technology.