On Wednesday, October 9th, Workbridge DC volunteered at Wagtime. Wagtime is primarily known for being a premiere pet resort and boutique with two locations in DC and Virginia. They cater to every dog owner’s needs through hands-on care and customer service. Such amenities include a spacious environment along with 24 hour availability, special zones for elderly dogs, power walking, in-home pet care, and licensed veterinarian recommendations. On Saturdays, Wagtime holds an adoption for the dogs that are without owners that they care for. Workbridge DC got to meet and walk Sadie, a Rottweiler, Big Mama, a Pug and Terrier mix, and Serena, a black lab mix, who are all up for adoption.
Upon arriving, the Wagtime staff gave a quick introduction to the dogs as well as the best routes of where to walk. During the walk, Workbridge DC took the dogs to a dog park where they were able to let out all their energy!
Even though it was sprinkling during the entire visit, it didn’t discourage the team from having fun. Workbridge DC enjoyed their time at Wagtime and look forward to visiting again, perhaps even with their own pets!
Recently, Workbridge Orange County took some time out of their busy schedule to partner with WHW to host Project Interview at their office. WHW is a local non-profit agency with a mission to provide comprehensive employment support services to empower disadvantaged men, women, and teens to achieve economic self sufficiency through employment success. Project Interview is a corporate volunteer opportunity run by WHW to help their job seekers practice their interiviewing skills. By setting up rounds of the full interview process, from resume submittal, phone interviews, to in-person interviews, job-seekers were able to practice these important skills.
After all three phases were completed, Workbridge gave thorough feedback to all the potential employees and there was a "winner" chosen! The idea behind this program is to take WHW job search and workshop training programs into a real world setting, allowing WHW clients to experience an actual interview process from start to finish with a real employer but a fictitious job opening.
Workbridge Associates takes a hands-on approach to recruiting, interviewing all of their own job-seekers, so it was a natural alliance to use their interviewing skills to help others improve.
It was a great afternoon for Workbridge, helping out their local community and being able to use their skills for good. The partnership between Workbridge Orange County and WHW has been ongoing since April 2012. If you'd like more information about getting involved with Project Interview click here.
On Tuesday, September 24th, the Workbridge NY office had a great time volunteering with the Lower East Side Ecology Center. The Lower East Side Ecology Center is a non-profit organization that works towards a more sustainable NYC. They provide community-based recycling and composting programs, develop local stewardship of green space, and aim to increase community awareness, involvement and youth development through environmental education.
The Lower East Side Ecology center was founded in 1987 as one of the first organizations to offer community-based recycling and composting programs in New York City. They started their programs by providing innovative recycling drop-off centers. Today, they offer free public compost collection and education, electronic waste recycling, stewardship of public open space and environmental education.
Workbridge NY employees helped clean up some of the Lower East Side’s tree beds by planting Liriope plants for Street Tree Care Day on Avenue C. Everyone split up into teams along the street, and like many activities that Workbridge NY employees participate in, planting turned into a competition between teams to see who could plant the most. The purpose of adding these plants around the tree beds is to decrease the amount of people littering around the tree beds and aid in the survival of the trees.
The team at Workbridge NY loves giving back to the New York City communities that they live and work in, and really enjoyed spending the evening with the Lower East Side Ecology Center volunteers!
This past Saturday, the Workbridge LA office gathered early to em"bark" on a trip to the Lange Foundation, a non-profit animal shelter that houses and rehabilitates abandoned K-9’s and felines. The first order of business was a detailed and thorough orientation, where seasoned rescuers gave them a lesson on proper “petiquette”. After they were oriented, they got a tour of the extremely well-kept and homey-feeling facility. The Workbridge LA team picked out their dog of preference and one-by-one, they trotted out of the kennel and were off on their walks in the hot summer sun.
Some of the pooches were the perfect match for their walkers, while some of the walkers were even more excited and eager to be there than the dogs! There was a mix of pups ranging from hyper and excited to be out of their cages to others who were aloof and disinterested.
Luigi, a shaggy mutt, was the perfect combination of spunky and friendly. The heat was a little too much for him to handle and their recommended 30 minute walk was cut short when Luigi “pawsed” and parked himself on a neighbor's front lawn, panting vigorously with his tongue hanging out. By the end of the afternoon, the volunteers from Workbridge LA had all formed special bonds with the dogs that they walked.
The team at Workbridge LA loves giving back to the wonderful communities that they live and work in. They're so thankful that the Lange Foundation hosted their community service endeavor. Workbridge LA will most certainly be back next month to engage in more puppy love, where puppy kisses are encouraged and welcomed!
On Thursday, August 29th, 2013 Workbridge San Francisco volunteered at the San Francisco Food Bank.
Workbridge employees and a few other volunteers worked on boxing 12,000 pounds of pears for families in the Bay Area. Teams of four formed at each barrel for a friendly competition to see who could box their crate up the fastest.
Though the real win was all the people their efforts would help, Workbridge managed to package 12,000 pounds of pears in one hour. But there was still a lot of work to be done. Next, they bagged hundreds of bags of rice that would also be distributed to the Bay Area.
Volunteering can be a lot of fun, but more importantly, it's a great way to help out your community. Workbridge San Fransisco worked hard and can't wait to get back and do it again! If you're interested in helping out the SF Food Bank and your local community, please visit San Fransisco Food Bank for more details.
The Workbridge San Francisco office volunteered at Project Open Hand mid-August of 2013. “Project Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides meals with love to seniors and the critically ill.” Every day, Project Open Hand organizes 2,500 healthy meals and provides 400 bags of groceries to clients that suffer from serious illnesses and health challenges. Workbridge San Francisco was able to be a part of 125 daily volunteers that show up at the doors of Project Open Hand to help give back to a community that is looking for a helping-hand.
It all started with the team heading across the beautiful city of San Francisco on the 38 bus. As everyone started to get excited, they arrived at the doors of Project Open Hand.
Once the team was settled in and ready to start, they were taken on an orientation tour of Project Open Hand and were provided with a delicious dinner. After the tour, the group was then able to begin their job as prep cooks and kitchen helpers. Seven team members came together with volunteers from all sorts of different backgrounds to help create meals that would be distributed throughout the Bay Area the next day.
Overall, their experience with Project Open Hand was exciting, eye opening, and educational. The team walked away with new culinary skills and the ability to say that they were able to help someone else!
Giving back to your community can be rewarding but best of all, it’s needed! If you’re interested in volunteering or have questions about Project Open Hand Please call (415) 447-2300.
Last week, the team at Workbridge Boston visited the Greater Boston Food Bank. Their mission? To end hunger by distributing enough food to provide at least one meal a day to everyone in need in the greater Boston area. With the help of over 18,000 volunteers and by acquiring food through industry donations, drives, and financial contributions, the GBFB is able to provide meals for those who need it the most. At the organization’s 117,000 square foot warehouse, volunteers inspect, pack, and distribute food to local pantries, shelters, day-cars, youth programs, senior centers, and community meal programs.
The problem today doesn’t stem from lack of food. In fact, there is plenty (if not more than enough) to go around. It is more so the economic and political obstacles that prevent food from getting to those who need it the most. In eastern Massachusetts alone, one in nine people are at risk of hunger and recent studies show that 47% of those at risk make “too much” money to be eligible for government food aid. See the problem?
Workbridge Boston was one of three teams working that evening, making the total number of volunteers 28. During their time there, they managed to sort 8,830 pounds of food and salvage 7,064 pounds of it! That amount of food equates to 5,404 meals and that is a wonderful thing.
We're so excited that our Boston office was able to get out there and play a part in helping the community of Boston. Offering up your time is no small thing, and our team in Boston did a great job! Everyone involved was active and really engaged in their volunteer task. No one should ever have to go hungry and with organizations like The Greater Boston Food Bank and the help of thousands of volunteers, we hope that one day, no one ever will.
The Greater Boston Food Bank is located at 70 Bay Avenue, Boston, MA and is always looking for new volunteers. Click here to see how you can help. Keep up with them on Twitter to stay involved by following them @Gr8BosFoodBank.
This week Workbridge Boston spent a couple of hours at the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory. Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive at home, at school and at play. These items are supplied free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need. During our time at the Giving Factory, we sorted through winter coats ensuring that they were in good condition and that any kid would be happy to receive them.
In Massachusetts alone there are 305,000 children under age 12 that are living in poor or low-income households and more than 100,000 Massachusetts children will experience homelessness in any given year. Helping Cradles to Crayons provide for these children was an amazing experience. Our entire volunteer group was able to impact almost 400 children during the two hours we were there, providing them with winter coats, baby clothes, toys, and kid packs containing school supplies, outfits, books, and toys.
It felt great contributing to such a wonderful cause and we had a ton of fun in the process. If you want to help out and contribute to Cradles to Crayons' mission there are many different ways you can get involved. The organization is always welcoming new volunteers at the Giving Factory as well as any donations of children's items, monetary donations, or you could even host a collection drive of your own. Click here to learn more about how to get involved. Keep up with them on twitter and learn more about what they are doing by following @C2CBoston.
@HeadstandAbby and the rest of Workbridge Boston