As a result of Hurricane Sandy, many companies and businesses in the NYC tech community were displaced due to flooding as well as issues with equipment due to the severe storm. In fact, such was the case for one of our clients. Upon hearing about the loss of their work space, Workbridge New York opened its doors to lend a helping hand.
We welcomed three of their contractor employees, all of which we placed with the company, into our space for the past few weeks and turned our office into a co-working space for our recruiters, staff and these three contractors.
As we got to know each of them a little better, the story of one contractor stood out the most. His display of courage, determination and positive attitude gave such inspiration to our recruiters and staff.
In August 2012, Drew Sussberg placed Matt in a contract to hire position. Upon accepting this position Matt was determined to show that he was an asset to the company and worth keeping. However, on October 29th, Matt faced a devastating situation that many of us couldn't imagine going through.
As he explained to our Marketing Specialist, his home in Broad Channel, Queens "was almost completely submerged in the storm surge. At least 6 feet of water was in my house and in the house of my extended family who live fairly close by."
Thankfully he and his friends and family, made it out alive. Currently, Matt is residing in the Glendale area of Queens with 8 other family members until their aid arrives. In early December, Matt received great news from the company he was doing contract work for; they had extended him an offer of full time employment and to work at their headquarters in Maryland. Matt described this news as being "like the sound of angels coming to my rescue. Not only have I finally secured myself with work that is both fulfilling and well compensating, but I also get to be in Maryland, where I met the woman of my dreams and my heart."
It is our pleasure to congratulate Matthew on his advancement and wish him all the best in his new full time position and life! We're rooting for you!
"My independence, my love and my life are now literally days from being secured and firmly within the palm of my hand, and none of this would have been possible were it not for Workbridge Associates. Even when I had given up the fight and thought that work was just impossible to secure in this day and age, they never gave up on me." -Matthew G.
Workbridge Orange County has the pleasure to host Tech in Motion:OC's December Tech Mixer and Holiday Food Drive at the OC Daily Dose in Irvine.
We were happy to end the year on a high note, being the fifth meetup for the group, and now one of the largest tech meetup groups in Orange County with over 550 members. We had almost 90 techies who wanted to come out and network at the bar with us on Wednesday.
Last week's event focused on networking and socializing with techies and we doubled the purpose of the event by incorporating a food drive for Second Harvest. It was great to be able to mix and mingle with all our favorite and new start-ups, software engineers, and techies AND be able to give back to the community we live in. It was endearing to see how generous people were and how many people ran next door to the market to grab a food item if they forgot.
Here are some highlights from the event:
Thank you to The OC Daily Dose for willingly participate in Tech in Motion:OC again. And a big thank you to everyone who participated in our food drive! Being able to donate more than 3 boxes of food may not sound like a lot, but every bit helps! Want to help? Find more information about the real problem that hunger is and how to help over at Second Harvest.
We over at Workbridge Philadelphia were super excited to spend an afternoon volunteering our time at our local Habitat for Humanity Restore last week!
If you haven't been to a ReStore, it's a Goodwill-esque system; people drop off unused furniture, homegoods, and also things like kitchen cabinets and appliances, the ReStore resells them at a great price, and then the proceeds are used to build more homes for families in need.
It's a wonderful organization, and we were pumped to be able to help them out in any way.
It was also really fun! Check us out having an awesome time in the pictures below.
Recruiters Joe, David and Ryan wrapping up glass doors
Taylor and Sarah cleaning newly-donated kitchen cabinets Regional Director Evan working really hard to reattach cabinet doors Kate disinfecting and vacuuming a huge couch that was just dropped off (She genuinely LOVED her job) We spent a lot of the day cleaning... And moving furniture... And moving some more... Which produced lots of dirty hands.
But we had a WONDERFUL time!
The Workbridge crew with Javier- our ReStore ambassador!
Everyone at the ReStore was absolutely wonderful- including, of course, our buddy Javier. They were so helpful and appreciative of us coming. It was an amazing experience that we hope to repeat.
If you're in the Philadelphia area, please visit (or volunteer with!) the ReStore! They are located in Kensington at 2930 Jasper Street, Philadelphia PA 19134, and open Wednesdays - Saturdays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
We're pleased to announce that Workbridge San Francisco is participating in a toy drive to benefit needy children.
Our beneficiary is San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program, which is the largest program of its kind in the city. Toy collection barrels are located in the main lobby at 44 Montgomery. You can support the Toy Drive by placing a new, unwrapped toy in a barrel. The firefighters have asked us to emphasize that the toys are kept unwrapped, so they can be sorted for the children by gender and age group. They also note that toys for teenagers and pre-teens are of particular concern. Please don't forget the older children also need your support.
If you do not have time to pick out a present, donations are also graciously accepted at any of the local firehouses. The Firefighters Toy Program relies on contributions from businesses and individuals to provide toys to children in special circumstances. No child should be left without a toy during the holidays.
Since 1986, the Toy Drive has been co-sponsored by our building owners and Managers Association of San Francisco. The Toy Drive is a great way to bring a little holiday happiness to underprivileged families. The barrels will be in the main lobby through this Friday, December 14, 2012. Be one of the hundreds to distribute over 200,000 toys to more than 40,000 disadvantaged children. Thank you for your participation in our Toy Drive and best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season.
On Friday Workbridge DC visited DC Central Kitchen, a vast kitchen that provides job training, healthy foods, and local farm partnerships to help ease the poverty and hunger that affects so many in DC.
"DC Central Kitchen has prepared 25 million meals for our ow-income and at-risk neighbors in Washington, DC. The 5,000 meals they dish out every day are loaded into trucks and distributed at little or no cost to 100 nearby homeless shelters, transitional homes, and nonprofit organizations, saving them money and nourishing their clients."
What else sets them apart from the average soup kitchen is their extensive Culinary Job Training program created for the unemployed men and women change their lives and start new careers.
On our Friday visit they put us to work! We were on carrot peeling and shredding duty, potato peeling and dicing, onion chopping, and a very productive assembly line for a yummy salad!
Check out this awesome mural!
Possibly the coolest part of the Kitchen, a giant photo of the First Family's visit!
We recently planned an awesome tech mixer/can drive for our Tech in Motion event series.
With the holidays coming up, we wanted to do something fun and casual- with a little help for the community thrown in for good measure.
This was our first tech mixer, so we were a little nervous about how it would turn out, but it ended up being a smashing success!
All ready for the event to start!
Recruiters Jonelle and Kate manning the sign-in table and showing off our first donations!
The mixer was held at Ladder 15, a bar and restaurant just around the corner from the Workbridge Philadelphia office. They hooked us up with the most amazing food. I'm surprised I was able to snap a picture before it was all gone!
Networking Techies! Nothing makes us happier!
Our donation haul once we brought it back to the office- Not too shabby!
We hope to do many more tech mixers and events in the upcoming year. Hopefully they'll all be as great as this one.
If you're in the Philadelphia area, and are interested in coming to the next event, please join our Meetup group! http://www.meetup.com/TechinMotionPhilly We'd love to have you!
This past Saturday a group from Workbridge Los Angeles took some time to volunteer at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
The food bank gathers and distributes food to people in need all over Los Angeles County. They distribute it directly through programs that people sign up for, charities, and other relief organizations where people can obtain food. Our group worked on an assembly line that packed food for senior citizens in need.
We met early at the food bank along with many other volunteers and were given different assignments along the assembly line. The LA food bank is always in need of volunteers and we were really excited to be a part of helping those in our community that need extra support. We all worked hard and had a great time!
Bottom row: Ian and Brittney
Top row: Brian, Elaine, Jen, Rachel, Jaime, Elizabeth and James
It is a great organization that truly gives hope!
Showing off our work assignments. James on rice, Jaime on fruit(sad that he isn't in the peanut butter crew). And the peanut butter crew, Brittney, Elizabeth , Jen and Rachel. But, wait where is Rachel?
Here she is! She was off looking for breakfast and we caught her eating!
Ian and Rachel stacking the completed boxes
James excited to get to work on the rice crew!
After 3 hours of packing boxes we cleared the assembly line, left with a few sore muscles, and a great sense of satisfaction.
There are so many things you can do to get involved in your community! Reach out to organizations today and see how you can do your part in making a difference.
Workbridge Orange County is proud to be co-hosting Tech in Motion: Orange County's Holiday Tech Mixer and food drive.
This networking event will be hosting at the Daily Dose in Irvine, CA on December 12, 2012 from 6 to 8 PM. Come hang out with fellow tech enthusiasts and share the latest news, trends, and tech events. It's one of the biggest tech meetup groups in Orange County!
We are asking each of our attendees to please bring non-perishable food items to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. If you do bring food item(s) you will be given one extra free drink ticket. So, make sure you come with something to donate and be ready to get techie with everyone!
Please RSVP here: www.meetup.com/techinmotionOC