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In October 2015, GoodData kicked off its Good People Doing Good program where employees could take time off during their workday to volunteer for various causes around the city. It gave coworkers from different departments a reason to connect and work together in a non-business environment. The Company coordinated different types of events so that everyone could find something they were interested in. There was park cleanup for the environmental nut, soup kitchens for kind souls, house building for handy employees, and dog shelters for the animal lovers.
Our kick-off event was an environmental cleanup effort at Sue Bierman Park, a recreation area right in front of the Ferry Building. We met up as the sun rose and enjoyed some coffee and snacks with new friends before getting to work.
The group was split into two – one helped plant new foliage, and the other removed invasive shrubbery. In the end, we reunited to clip unwanted offshoots from the trees.
It was a great day outdoors where we were able to make friends from different departments and help create a better environment for the city.
We also volunteered at Project Open Hand, a soup kitchen that serves underprivileged individuals in the community. The history of the organization is fascinating; it dates back to the AIDs epidemic when a volunteer at Meals on Wheels saw how badly HIV patients were being treated at various hospitals and how they were shunned by society.
The founder created Project Open Hand as a way to shatter society's perception of these patients, and help lift their spirits in their time of need. Hearing this history gave us a sense of purpose, and it made the volunteer work a lot more fun and motivating.
We were split up into three groups: the kitchen, the warehouse, and the office. The kitchen crew cut fruits and vegetables to be cooked and served, the warehouse crew filled granola bags and sorted fruit to ensure the freshest meals, and the office crew wrote letters to donors to ensure continuing contributions.
There was a project for each individual's interests and skills, and everyone had a great time working together.
The Company wanted to make sure that everyone who wanted to volunteer had the proper outlet to do so. Thus, we signed up to build houses with Habitat for Humanity, an organization that provides low income housing for local residents in need.
Our group split four responsibilities: flooring, sound/fire proofing, scaffolding, and plumbing. The flooring group nailed boards on beams to create the ground of the second story in the house while the sound/fire proofing team put materials against the side of the wall to insulate sound. The scaffolding group built new scaffolds for workers and volunteers to stand on while working and the plumbing group fixed pipes to support running water.
Although it was hard work, everyone had a great time trying his or her hand at building a house.
Aside from the working with tools, we also wanted to do something for those animal lovers in the Company. Thus, we volunteered at Family Dog Rescue, which is a wonderful organization that saves unwanted dogs from extermination, and helps them find loving families.
The GoodData team helped the staff clean up the facilities at the shelter to keep the dogs nice and comfortable. Afterward, we had free time with the dogs where we walked them around the neighborhood, snuggled with them, and played catch with them in the yard.
Overall, the Good People Doing Good program has been a tremendous success, with participation from the whole company. We believe that volunteering will continue to be a large part of our company culture, and cannot wait for the next event!
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