Giving Tuesday

December 1, 2020 Jessica Breen

At Workhuman®, one of our core values is “Respect for All.” We are working toward building a better tomorrow for the workplace and the world through human connection and gratitude.  

Our humans love giving back – not just during the holidays, but year-round. Through Workhuman Gives, there are ongoing opportunities for us to make a positive impact in our local community. Through our CSR relationships, we are forming alliances with organizations that model our values and strive to make the world a better and more equitable place for all.  

On this Giving Tuesday, we’re proud to introduce a new partnership for 2020, as well as highlight how we’re continuing to support worthy causes through Workhuman Gives.   

New relationship for 2020

Tech Goes Home

Tech Goes Home is a global initiative that has programs for families, adults, entrepreneurs, seniors, and more. They bring computers, internet, and training to those without so students can do homework, adults can find jobs and manage finances, and seniors can connect with loved ones and lead healthy lives.  

We launched our new global virtual volunteering program with Tech Goes Home in November, giving all employees the opportunity to help with virtual tutoring, video and PDF tutorials for a variety of digital skills, and a language translation.  We are also thrilled to provide a monetary donation to help them with their very important efforts to close the digital skills and technology access gap for kids, families, and adults in the Greater Boston area.  

Continuing to support local causes

Science Club for Girls

With women making up less than 26% of the STEM workforce — and Black and Hispanic women at less than 4% — SCFG addresses a critical need, offering a continuum of engaging activities in STEM for K-8 girls, junior mentoring and leadership experiences for high school girls, and adult mentoring and role modeling by committed women with STEM careers. 

We were a proud sponsor of their Catalyst Awards in 2020 and were thrilled to be able to provide an additional donation this month. As more and more schools move to a virtual setting, we admire their efforts to provide girls with resources and connections to continue their STEM learning. 

Worcester Community Action Council

We are once again honored to support Worcester Community Action Council with an annual coat drive – this time, virtually. Each year, WCAC undertakes a coat drive in order to provide new winter coats to all of the children enrolled in the agency’s Early Head Start, Head Start, and Healthy Families of Southern Worcester County programs, as well as for the children of the teen parents enrolled in the agency’s Job & Education Center.  

This year, we turned our coat drive into a virtual gift card drive and expanded the scope to include gift cards of all kinds. Our humans have helped more than 50 families this winter season and we are so proud to be able to partner with this amazing organization. We were able to come together and celebrate using our new product, Community Celebrations, in the “Doing Good Together” category to honor this partnership. 

Catie's Closet

Workhuman is thrilled to have partnered together with Catie’s Closet this fall. Catie’s Closet serves 90 schools across nine school districts in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, supporting children in grades pre-K to 12 by providing immediate and discreet access to clothing and toiletries. Usually, Workhuman hosts a large collection drive in the office; however, as we continue to work remotely, our experience and events team provided ways for virtual participation offering no-contact drop boxes and the ability to donate directly to the organization or to have items shipped directly. Our employees were encouraged to share the wish list with their friends and families as well to help spread the word on the incredibly important work Catie’s Closet does. 

Saoirse Women's Refuge

In Ireland, nearly 2,000 women and more than 400 children received support from a domestic violence service every month between March and August this year. Unfortunately, the demand for refuge services for victims of abuse has tripled in the first 6 months of the pandemic. They are totally reliant upon charitable funding to be able to provide clothing, baby formula, nappies, and other essentials to victims of abuse, some of whom have fled to their service with nothing.  

Last holiday season, we ran a voucher donation in the office and used it to purchase furniture and furnishings for what was then their newly opened Rathcoole refuge. This year, we are running a similar donation whereby our team members can purchase e-gift cards using their Gratitudes recognition awards and donate them to this very worthy charity. 

(Last year's donation to Saoirse Women's Refuge)

Crumlin Children's Hospital

Crumlin Children’s Hospital is Ireland's largest paediatric hospital. Every year we host a raffle in our office in the run up to Christmas. It is a day filled with many a holiday jumper, mince pies, and a glass of mulled wine – all in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital. It is an event that our team members look forward to the most and although this year is different, we are working to ensure we can run this raffle virtually. Last year we had tablets, designer accessories, and smart watches up for grabs, so we can’t wait to see what’s on offer this time around!  

(Last year's lucky raffle winners!)

Giving Tree

Last year we participated in a Giving Tree in our Dublin office whereby our team members would choose to buy a gift from the tree and donate warm clothing. This year we are participating in this virtually and will be supporting a local homeless charity. 

(Last year's Giving Tree)

St. Ultan's School

St. Ultan’s School is a primary school located in close proximity to our Dublin offices. We support this school throughout the year with various initiatives and fundraisers, and the holiday season is no different. We were honored to make a monetary donation to support the school and provide Secret Santa gifts to children in need.  

This Giving Tuesday, we’re proud to celebrate the generosity of our employees and the positive impact they strive to make in their communities, 365 days per year. In the words of Robert Ingersoll, “We rise by lifting others.”   

 

 

About the Author

Jessica Breen

Jessica is an employer brand program manager at Workhuman. In her spare time she loves spending time with family and friends and traveling.

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