In a year that has tested each of us in different ways, it’s humbling to see so many of our Protiviti employees still making time to give back. We are so proud of the work that you do and how you continue to deliver to our Commitment to our Communities cornerstone. By Living Our Promises, you also make the world a better place!
This holiday season, we take a look at how you’ve made an impact. Whether it be through volunteering your time, reaching our in your communities, or graciously donating to organizations that support efforts to enhance lives, you’ve done it all! Here are just a few examples:
This past weekend, the Charlotte iCare and i on Hunger groups teamed together with Revamp Charlotte to make winter kits for the homeless. Within the kits, a main focus was to lessen hunger burden in the local community, which supports Protiviti’s i on Hunger initiative, which has served over 11 Million meals! In partnership with Revamp in Charlotte, our team was also able to educate ourselves further on the homeless situation in our local community and how we can help to support efforts to reduce homelessness.
Madison, a Consultant in our Dallas office serves on the leadership board for ASCEND North Texas’s Feed Your Hospital initiative. Earlier this year, Madison helped to facilitate the delivery of meals to frontline COVID-19 healthcare workers while simultaneously supporting local Asian food restaurants. Madison noted, “There is nothing more core to Asian American identity than the Asian restaurant. For many of our families, this is how we first came together in America.” Through leading the communication efforts for fundraising and meal deliveries, Madison helped families throughout the Dallas area.
“The main intention is to spread smiles.” And that’s what Preksha, who works in Protiviti’s Mumbai office, has done through service with The Positivity Project. The project supports local orphanages and old age homes to spread joy. In an effort to pivot during the pandemic, Preksha joined Team Spreading Smiles changing the focus to pandemic-relief projects and online education for kids. Through this initiative, they have reached over 150 kids and Preksha has had the opportunity to teach warli art (traditional regional painting) through the sessions. Additionally, Preksha has begun teaching accounting and history classes to several students.
The San Francisco iCare committee held its 5th annual “Ski & Ride for a Cure” event earlier this year in which $10,000 was raised and donated to Family House, an organization that serves as a home away from home for families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The one-month long online fundraising campaign, helped to gain over 100 donations. Following the completion, 33 Protiviti colleagues spent a weekend in Lake Tahoe, CA skiing – a great motivator for the cause, and a wonderful bonding experience for the team.
As the initial donation was matched through the gift matching benefit, and their donation coincided with the onset of COVID-19, so the fundraising team was able to set up a Zoom to present the check to Family House.
Ruchi, an Executive Assistant in our Gurgaon Member Firm office, has also been busy at work over the last few months to support a non-government organization called Stand N Stride. The organization extends a helping hand to those in need by providing free education.. During the initial days of the lockdown, the organization evolved to offer food delivery along with additional educational services for children via online classes. “In one of my online classes, we asked about things that made the children happy. They responded by saying ‘good food makes us happy’. This was a very emotional moment in which we were able to organize refreshments for the children,” Ruchi said, adding, “I have personally taken the responsibility for two students who study with me.” Stand N Stride also provides milk to the students twice weekly to aid in this health essential for growing children.
Running For Charity
More than anything, Protiviti people took to the streets this year, supporting charities, local initiatives, and online fund-raisers in an effort to put rubber to the road for charity (and personal health and well-being.) Elena Lando, a Senior Manager in our London office told us about one of the biggest events our people participated in this year. “The JPMorgan Corporate Challenge, an annual event by which tens of thousands of people across the world participate in a 3.5m / 5.6km run,” says Elena. “The challenge had “ran” for 44 years, taking place in big parks in the city centres and was historically very well organised. In 2020, for the first time, the run was organised virtually and participants ran on their own in the vicinity of their homes.”
Several Protiviti offices participated in the event in the prior years, and in 2020, 53 consultants from London, New York, and San Francisco offices completed the run! “This year opened opportunities for people not only to run, but also walk it in their own pace making the challenge more inclusive,” notes Elena Many completed the challenge by walking with their children or walking the dogs in the park… It was a great team building initiative that brought our teams together once again.”
It’s been a busy year for all – and often stressful. There are many people who are suffering around us. As you prioritize your health and those of who you love, we also empower those who can to consider giving back in other ways, as those who have shared with us around the world have.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season!
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