November has begun and so has "Movember", an annual month long charity event that raises money for prostate and testicular cancer. This foundation started in 2004 and has spread awareness throughout Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan, and the United States! The main goal is to "change the face of men's health" by increasing early cancer detection and reducing the number of preventable deaths. In 2012, it was named a top Non-Government Organization in the world!
So, you might be wondering, "How does this relate to Workbridge Associates?". Well, we have a few 'Mo Bros' in the office this year! SEVEN of our recruiters (pictured in order from left to right below): Kyle Sluzar, Richard O'Donnell, Alex Shaw, Matt Mckinney, Cory Guillory, Thomas Park, and Scott Brosnan are participating by growing out their facial hair! Their motivation lies in giving back during the holidays and lookin' good!
Make sure to go to Movember.com for more information on this matter and to make donations. Also, stay tuned for the Movember party that will be held at the end of the month. We will be crowning the Mo Bro with the best stache!
They're starting to appear!
Last week, our New York team took a few hours out of their schedules to visit the NYC Rescue Mission to serve dinner to those in need.
It is the first ever rescue mission in our country to assist individuals in need of help with meals, shelter and many other forms of support. While visiting, we served over 140 members of the community with nothing but smiles on all of our faces.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the NYC Rescue Mission for allowing us to help out and contribute our service to such a wonderful organization. We look forward to returning in the future and assisting in their efforts to serve our community in every way that we can.
Timothy Lockwood and Shani Snead-Sanders serving dinner.
Michael Yurcisin slicing bread for the evening meal.
Melissa Gallagher slicing bread for the evening meal.
Michael Yurcisin and Joseph Walsh letting our team know we are all set to start serving!
Last Friday we spent our afternoon cleaning up the Presidio. Although it was a chilly day, we had a great time working alongside one another outside for once.
Some of our lead recruiters turned out to be lead gardeners as well. Who knew that pulling out ivy and trimming a rose bush could be so much muscle work? Giving back to the community felt good!
The Community Service leader, Michael, briefing Workbridge on the daily tasks
(Left to right) Crystal, Aiban, Kevin, and Kyle pulling out ivy!
Cory and Matt
The group in front of the Golden Gate Bridge
This last Saturday, Workbridge Orange County spent the morning painting a classroom at the Patton Boys & Girl's Club of Garden Grove.
We were so excited to get to help out and make a big difference in this room. The room we got to help change was the Kinder Room also known as the Pit Stop, where the youngest group of children come and do their activities, snack time, and grab athletic equipment.
Our morning started out with a warm welcome sign waiting for us:
There was a lot of preparation in the room to make sure it was ready for the paint. This included moving furniture, taking down banners and white boards, removing staples from the wall, and taping all the trim out. Most of this was previously done by the Boys & Girl's club allowing us to get in there, and get to work trimming and painting.
We found that the most time consuming part to painting a large room is the cutting in around the edges! Thankfully, we had a big group and created many 'stations' along the wall where multiple people would work on cutting in while one person rollered the larger sections.
Overall, we were able to finish up in about 4 hours and with great results. We had a great day painting the classroom and were so happy to be able to make a difference in the club. We were even able to throw up the Boys & Girls club motto on the wall before we left.
Everyone from the Boys & Girl's club was nothing but helpful, friendly, and sweet in making this happen for us. A huge thanks to the Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove for letting us help you with your remodel!
Our office was thrilled to be able to help sponsor the latest Philly Code Rereat.
If you're not familiar with Code Retreats, they are a pretty awesome movement. This was the event description on Ticketleap:
"If you’re a programmer/coder/web-maker/hacker passionate about your craft, this is for you. It doesn’t matter what language(s) you use or how long you’ve been coding-- just bring the desire to improve and learn from each other.
Code Retreat is a day-long, intensive practice event, where we focus on the fundamentals of software development and design. Away from the pressures of “getting things done”, we take the time to hone our craft by practicing testing, software design, pair programming as well as trying new things and learning from each other."
After we sponsored the group, Practice Manager Marialice Carter was invited to stop by the event to introduce herself and our office. Marialice had a great time meeting everyone and is looking forward to getting involved in future events!
Mike and Marialice
Thanks to Pam and Mike for organizing such a great event!
Yesterday, Workbridge Chicago volunteered at The Greater Chicago Food Depository where they packaged emergency food kits and sorted and packed fresh bread. They had a blast, and loved working to help people in need!
Here's a shot of the crew before they headed out.
Back Row (from left to right): Alex, Riley, Kristina, Amanda, Zach, Dan, Ryan /Front Row (from left to Right): Kyle, Jessica, Max, Christine, Kevin, Courtney
They headed to the burbs to a HUGE wearhouse and got to work packing the emergency food kits.
Wendy, Group Leader said they were the fastest packers she'd ever seen (a little bit of Workbridge teamwork, for you). They packed over 1120 emergency food kits - that's 1120 lives they'll have saved if disaster strikes!
Recruiter Zach (shown above) did a great job of loading up the pallets.
Recruiter, Riley, and Marketing Specialist, Christine decided to make a little race out of taping boxes.
But we won't embarrass anyone by disclosing the winner.
Look at all those boxes they filled!
They finished the emergency kits so quickly that after a short break, were assigned to packing bread.
A few of our recruiters working hard with new friend, Neil, AKA Bread Master.
Their job was to check the dates on the loaves, search for mold, and neatly box up the good stuff. They ended up packing over 2000lbs of bread!
As you can see, they had a great time and can't wait to volunteer again!
This past Saturday, a few of our people from Workbridge Los Angeles participated in theAnnual Heal the Bay Coastal Clean Up Day. We got ourselves up bright an early, got our caffeine fix and went down to Dockweiler/Playa Del Rey to an area called Toes Beach.
After checking in and getting our safety talk, we put on our gloves, got our trashbag, data sheet and were on our way. We were joined by a father and his son in the cub scouts who wanted to team up in order to conserve supplies. They were a big help in finding more waste on the beach!
Although the temperatures were unusually high that day, we still managed to find a good amount of debris and felt a sense of satisfaction at doing our part in the community. You can read the article of the outcome of this event here! Over 20 tons of trash was collected in just one day along the coast!
We hope that this inspires you to reach out to your community! The beaches and the land that we live on really needs our help! Do your part and support local efforts in your area! Thanks to Jennifer, Elaine, Elizabeth and Brian from Workbridge Los Angeles for coming out on a Saturday morning to help out!
Jennifer, Elaine, Elizabeth and Brian ready to clean up the beach!
Not a cloud in the sky!
You could see the waste and trash floating in the water! Time to clean!
Brian and Elizabeth picking up trash
Elaine, our data monitor tracking all the trash we picked up
Some cub scouts that joined our crew
Brian, Elizabeth and Jennifer excited to have found a juice box buried in the sand.
While walking to the site these geese in the lagoon reminded us of why we need to keep our coast clean! For them and future generations!What does your office do to get involved in the community?
Last night, Workbridge Boston
sponsored an event for Google Developers’ Group, Boston.
After being introduced as the sponsors, Abby told a joke that went a little something like this:
“There are four engineers traveling in a car: a mechanical engineer, a chemical engineer, an electrical engineer, and a software engineer. The car breaks down, and each of them thinks they know what’s going on.
‘It’s gotta be the engine,’ says the mechanical engineer.
‘No, it must be the fuel,’ the chemical engineer declared.
‘Nope, it must be a spark in the system,’ explained the electrical engineer.
Then, they all turn to the computer engineer and ask, ‘What do you think?’
‘Well,’ he says, ‘I think we should all get out of the car, get back in again, and restart it!’”
Ha! Then, Brian introduced Workbridge and what we’re all about just before the panel began.
The “Google I/O Debrief” Panel consisted of the following five people:
- Arun Nagarajan VP of Architecture at Verivo
- Dan Lines Customer Support Manager for Cloudlock
- Jeff Moyer Principal Software Engineer at Redhat <kernel hacker>
- Luke Hutchison Post Doc at MIT
- Adam Stroud, Lead Software Engineer Fitness Keeper
It was a very interesting dialogue, and with about 70 developers in attendance, the event was a great opportunity to network and meet new candidates and potential clients (we got to see some current clients and candidates, too).
Maybe we'll see you at a sponsored event soon!