Being able to work alongside colleagues to better our local communities is a privilege. To have NETSCOUT’s support of these efforts is an honor and makes us proud to be Guardians of the Connected World. We would like to share some of our stories.
Megan’s House, Lowell, MA
NETSCOUT employees in Westford and Burlington selected Megan’s House as the recipient of our $10K grant through the Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF). They used the funds for their “Growing for Life” program to create a community garden and sitting area for residents. Once a week for a month, we worked alongside residents to plant shrubs and perennials, level and fill the lot with loam, build raised beds and planted seeds for a late crop of vegetables. The residents and staff were so thrilled to see the transformation of their yard they hosted a cookout lunch. All our volunteers, staff from GLCF, along with Megan’s House Board of Directors, staff, and residents joined together to celebrate the new garden – a very nice and unexpected way to end the summer!
Minnie’s Food Pantry, Plano, TX
Six of us from NETSCOUT's Texas office volunteered at Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano. It was an inspiring and fulfilling experience. Along with other volunteers, we packed 100+ boxes, delivered 90+ meals and unloaded a truck, and accompanied clients to their cars to help load everything for them.
They were really impressed by the passion with which our team volunteered. We look forward to volunteering again.
Silver Key Senior Services, Colorado Springs, CO
Eleven of our Guardians in Colorado Springs volunteered at the Silver Key Senior Services Christmas Party, serving senior citizens in our city. This event provides food, entertainment, and gifts to over 385 seniors who might otherwise not have any for the holidays. We enjoyed interacting with the seniors and hearing their stories. One said, “I’ve been coming to this event for years, and you made it the best one yet.”
St. Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich, UK
Before the rain one Saturday morning (it is the UK after all!) a team from NETSCOUT’s Ipswich office headed to St Elizabeth Hospice to help with some gardening work. On arrival we were given a tour of their superb facilities before getting to work! We successfully painted two sheds and the large summer house, sadly the rain came in before we could tackle the children’s summer house. The important thing was in a few short hours our team helped improve the garden for the hospice residents.
Westford Academy, Westford, MA
On a summer weekend, volunteers from NETSCOUT’s headquarters helped build a greenhouse at Westford Academy in support of the school’s STEM programs. The greenhouse was designed by a high school student for his Eagle Scout project. We started with a pit of gravel outlined by a 4x4 pressure treated base, and when we left 4 hours later, the full structure was in place, ready for the Lexan panels. We enjoyed ourselves and learned a lot, including that power drills work so much better in forward mode, how you need to scuff cedar so it can be stained, and how to work cooperatively under the direction of a high-school student.
Podcestny Mlyn, Brno CZ
Volunteers from our Brno, Czech Republic office spent a day at a therapeutic community for treating addictions, Podcestny Mlyn, located in an old farmhouse. Working with community members, we helped with harvesting vegetables, caring for the small animals at the farm and chopping wood – and even had a chance to demonstrate our engineering skills when we had to save one lost round hay bale from the slope behind a stream! We brought a super positive mood to the community and members were very open and shared their life stories with us. We wish good luck and strong will to members of the community.
South Sudanese Enrichment for Families, Lincoln MA
To prepare for a month-long art show at the local public library, volunteers worked with South Sudanese Enrichment for Families (SSEF) to display photographs and paintings created in the Kakuma refugee camp depicting the stories of the “Lost Boys” from Sudan. In addition to gaining an appreciation for the intricacies of planning an art show, we had the chance to talk with SSEF staff and members of the South Sudanese community and learn about the issues in South Sudan. SSEF assists South Sudanese adults and their children who have resettled in Massachusetts.