After a long weekend filled with family, friends, a whole lot of turkey, and far too many great shopping deals, it seems fitting that the internet has dubbed today as #GivingTuesday . #GivingTuesday is a wonderful opportunity to take some time to recognize all that people do for one another.
At Protiviti, we emphasize Commitment to our Communities, which can easily be seen through broad initiatives such as the U.S. Intern Day of Service or our global iOnHunger campaign. We are equally proud of the many unique ways that individuals in our workforce give back to causes about which they are passionate. In the spirit of #GivingTuesday, we wanted to highlight just a few of these stories.
Meet Farid, an Associate Director in our IT Audit practice and co-founder of YellowBoots. YellowBoots is an amazing organization which provides disaster relief and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families coping with the aftermath of a disaster, natural or man-made. YellowBoots has been involved in clean-up and recovery efforts during Hurricane Sandy, Oklahoma tornadoes, Colorado flooding, both Nepalese and Ecuador earthquakes, and Hurricanes Maria and Harvey.
As an acting officer for YellowBoots, Farid has helped to set the direction of the organization. He has personally been involved on the ground during intake, demolition, mold remediation and rebuilding. Farid is also an activist in working to build relationships with local elected officials in his area to raise funds, source volunteers and collaborate with other non-profit organizations, both locally and abroad. Since 2013, Farid informed me that numerous Protiviti employees have actively been involved in restoration efforts alongside him! Thanks to our matching gifts program, there was even an instance where volunteer matching funds helped raise money to provide a 6 year old with a new prosthetic leg.
When asked for a ‘fun fact’ about his involvement in YellowBoots, Farid humbly admitted that “working alongside labor workers that have donated their time has allowed me to enhance my weak rebuild and restoration skills. I can also now mold remediate a home,” he continued. “I have also been able to provide some personal advice on mold remediation to fellow employees who have been forced to deal with the elements after having been flooded by natural disasters.” One thing Farid also mentioned is that he was thankful that YellowBoots was “able to take people who felt ‘helpless’ and keep them busy by helping others.” He noted, “we created friends and families out of complete strangers. I found that people want to help others, they just need to be asked. In the end, it drives an amazing energy, love and other volunteers to the cause.”
We’re extremely proud to have Farid as part of our Protiviti family. To read more, or to donate to YellowBoots, visit here.
The Sunshine Center
Meet Brandy, a Manager in our IT Audit practice and Director of The Sunshine Center. The Sunshine Center is a community service organization whose goal is to add a little extra sunshine to those who may need some by providing positivity, big hearts and a dedication to giving back and helping others.
As an organization, The Sunshine Center plans, organizes and coordinates with other local community centers to identify ways they can impact their local communities. Most recently, their team organized a Thanksgiving drive where they were able to donate 22 dry (non-perishable) thanksgivings to local families who may not otherwise have been able to afford a thanksgiving dinner. They also participate in making greeting cards to send to those who could benefit from a cheerful surprise and have partnered with local shops and businesses in Buffalo, New York to host a Winter Drive to collect hats, scarves, gloves and socks to donate. In an effort to drive donations, The Sunshine Center even added some fun with a competitive edge noting that the shop that collects the most donations wins a prize!
As she continues to grow successfully in her career, I had to wonder how this superwoman does it all! Brandy told me she feels that “when you are able to enjoy life outside or work, you are able to better enjoy life at work”! She also noted that “having the support of [her] co-workers who contribute to and encourage the work of The Sunshine Center has been great”.
We’re so thankful for you, Brandy! Keep adding your sunshine to this world.
Hope on the Slopes
Meet Jason, a Managing Director in our Technology Consulting practice, and an active participant and former board member of Hope on the Slopes. The mission of Hope on the Slopes is to provide education and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) programs through activity based skiing, snowboarding, hiking and outdoor fundraising programs and events. The Hope on the Slopes events are signature fundraising events for the ACS organization and are held across several ski areas each winter.
Jason has actively been involved as a participant for the past 12 years and even was the captain for Protiviti’s first team at the Hope on the Slopes events in 2006. In 2007, he served as the overall chairperson for the Loveland Ski Area event. Jason still actively runs the Protiviti team and helps to raise funds for the Colorado-based events, which have greatly benefited from our employee match program! For this upcoming year, 2018, Protiviti will be the Platinum sponsor for the Hope on the Slope events across the Western US. In addition, for the second consecutive year, Protiviti professionals from our Denver, San Francisco, and Seattle offices are all planning to organize teams to support the cause. Now, that’s living Protiviti!
For more information on how you can contribute, please visit the Hope on the Slopes web page in the link above. Thank you very much to Jason and the rest of the Protiviti Hope on the Slopes team for all that you do for the American Cancer Society. You make us proud!
Houston Young Professionals Against Alzheimer’s / RivALZ – Blondes vs. Brunettes Powderpuff Football
Meet Casey Jo, U.S. Campus Recruiting Lead, board member for Houston Young Professionals Against Alzheimer’s (HYPAA), and former co-chair and team captain for the Blondes vs. Brunettes Southeast Texas Chapter which benefits RivALZ. Both HYPAA and RivALZ are organizations that work to spread awareness and fight Alzheimer’s through fundraising events and direct assistance to those families who are battling the disease.
In 2017, Casey Jo took a board position with HYPAA to help fellow young adults who’s parents are, will, and have been battling early onset Alzheimer’s as non-traditional caregivers. Casey Jo and her husband, Jeff, were able to sponsor the event through a generous donation and through the Protiviti matching gifts programs, our parent company Robert Half is currently listed as a donor seen below.
Prior to her involvement on the board for HYPAA, you could find Casey Jo on the football field for RivALZ’s annual Blondes vs. Brunettes Powder Puff game where she captained the team to the last Brunette Championship in 2014. I’d say it’s no coincidence that the last time the Brunettes won was under Casey Jo’s team leadership and her role as the pass rusher! After 2014, she served as the co-chair for the 2015 and 2016 games in which 2016 was the largest U.S. game for RivALZ in terms of the fundraising base. Check out the photos below to see Casey Jo in action and with her biggest inspiration, her father, who is the biggest reason she chooses to get involved to ‘tackle alzheimer’s”!
If you’re interested in learning more about HYPAA or RivALZ, you can visit their websites to find a chapter near you. We thank you, Casey Jo, for inspiring us and for being a positive impact!
I hope this post provides you with some inspiration for this #GivingTuesday — I know it certainly does for me!