Giving Thanks and Giving Back, A Year-Long Practice

The Thanksgiving season inspires a time for giving thanks, giving back, and thoughtful reflection. It’s a beautiful reminder to celebrate the good in the world. At Code42, we have committed to harnessing and imbedding the giving spirit into our culture and the way we run our business.

Each year, employees are given two Volunteer Time Off (VTO) days which can be used to donate time to ‘leave the world a better place’ for whatever cause they feel passionate about. Recently, Code42 employees have used VTO days to clean and repair bikes for children with Free Bikes 4 Kids, raise money for a local children’s hospital with a 34-hour gaming marathon, pack food for food shelves, knit hats and scarves for the homeless, and much more. To celebrate the holidays, we asked several Code42 employees to share personal stories about their volunteering experiences and the importance of giving back to the community. Our hope is that those who are moved to give back during the Thanksgiving season are inspired by our actions, all year long.

Tier 1 Technical Support Agent Sam Snell:

I volunteer because it is very important for me to give back not only to my community, but also to the world I live in, so that I can help make it a better place. There are people who due to unfortunate circumstances beyond their control do not live with the best quality of life. Sharing my time and skills to help them out even with the smallest things can make a huge difference in their lives. To me, knowing that I in some way, whether big or small, made a difference keeps me going and wanting to continue helping where I can.

Software Engineer Jeremy Kieser:

Volunteering gives me the opportunity to move beyond my normal circles. It’s easy to help out friends or family, but there’s nothing quite like doing good for others, especially when they are total strangers. Even more gratifying is seeing others motivated to join you. Spending time volunteering is important, but sharing that with others is even better. Free Bikes 4 Kidz sweetens the deal by letting me work on bikes and getting my hands dirty, too!

Senior Technical Writer Annie Payseur:

I spent a year in a volunteer program after college and appreciate the encouragement to continue volunteering! I’ve also enjoyed getting out into the community, giving back to causes that are important to me, and meeting new people.

Content Marketing Manager Jeremy Zoss:

As a parent, I felt very grateful to be able to help the kids at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in some small way by participating in Code42’s inaugural Extra Life fundraising drive. I can only imagine how it must feel to have a child with a chronic or life-threatening medical condition. Not only did our Code42 team break our fundraising goal, we also brought together a diverse group of employees from all across the company. It felt good to both work for a good cause and make some new friends in the office.

Customer Experience Trainer Meara Lopez:

As a Minnesotan, I felt very grateful to be able to help homeless people by knitting them hats to keep their heads warm and cowls and scarves to keep their necks warm during our cold winters. My coworker Amy and I volunteered at a charity knitting event for Hats for the Homeless (Minneapolis) a couple weeks ago. They are hoping to donate 2,300 hats and 250 scarves this year. If the collection of knitted garments we saw at the entrance to StevenBe — the yarn shop hosting the event — was any indication, they’re well on their way to achieving that goal!

CSB Technical Support John Chadbourn

When I started at Code42 and learned about the Code42 Cares program, I was elated. I started at this company just a couple months out of inpatient treatment for alcoholism. My recovery from the disease is my greatest accomplishment to date. I could not have done it without the tools and support given to me by a special place called The Retreat in Wayzata, Minnesota. Much of what we learn about beating addiction/alcoholism is based around being selfless, being of help to others. I want to give back to this place in as many ways as I can. I’ve learned that the best way to do so is by volunteering my time to help successfully treat the men and women who enter those doors looking to be free of their disease. By offering volunteer time off to employees, Code42 not only enables its employees to be a part of something meaningful and good, but it also encourages them to share what they’re doing with their colleagues. This reminds us to strive to help others whenever possible, work-related or not. I am grateful for the unique opportunity to take time off of work to improve the world and the people in it.

Do you have a story of how and why you give back to your community? Share it with us in the comments section. Happy Thanksgiving!

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