Code42 Employees Give Back to the Community with Volunteer Hours

I came across a quote online that was written by the well-known actor, Will Smith. It read, “I want the world to be different because I was here. However lofty or crazy or delusional that may sound, I want people’s lives to be better because I was here.” Will may have played a few ‘out there’ characters during his acting career, but his mission to leave the world a better place and make an impact on people’s lives is far from delusional to the employees at Code42.

We believe so strongly and wholeheartedly in leaving the world a better place that we made it one of our core values. In pursuit of that value, Code42 offers every employee two paid volunteer time off (VTO) days a year.  Employees can give back to the community that they live and work in by sharing their time, talents and resources with a charitable cause or non-profit organization. The best part is that the employees are not directed to a specific organization. They choose the organization that matters most to them.

As a company, we believe that we have a corporate social responsibility to better the experience of those we share this world with. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Various departments at Code42 listened to this call and chose to volunteer as a team. The benefits of volunteering as a team are endless. By volunteering together, you not only help others, but also help yourself improve as a person. Giving back creates an opportunity for the team to help make change in a community and work towards something great together, all while building your own self-worth.

We are proud to say that in 2017 Code42 employees contributed more than 3,700 volunteer hours as part of our Code42 Cares initiative. The VTO program is an employee driven, grassroots committee that organizes and supports employees to volunteer. This committee does more than just provide volunteer opportunities. They go above and beyond their normal full-time job responsibilities to provide enriching life experiences that impact people personally and professionally.

In 2017, Code42 employees participated in a wide variety of volunteer activities, including working with the Build-A-Wheelchair Foundation, the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. Employees have knit hats and scarves for the homeless, built bicycles for underprivileged children and packed 53,000 pounds of food at Second Harvest Heartland, an organization that collects and distributes food through various programs and services. One employee-led effort – the Extra Life charitable gaming marathon – raised over $10,000 for a local children’s hospital.

Code42’s commitment to giving back has not gone unnoticed by the organizations with which our employees have volunteered.

“The Sheridan Story’s mission is to fight child hunger through community and school partnerships, and we can’t do it without the community.” said Rob Williams, executive director at The Sheridan Story. “Volunteering is one of the most important ways to make an impact, and we are incredibly thankful for our friends at Code42. I appreciate the company’s commitment to providing paid time off for their employees to serve with their time.”

If you are looking for a career that challenges you, inspires you and truly emphasizes helping others, then check out the open positions at Code42 here. We invite you to help us leave the world a better place. #becode42

Code42 Raises Over $10K for Children’s Miracle Networks

Late last week, gamers of all kinds at Code42 participated in Extra Life, a charitable event during which gamers pledge to play games for 24 hours straight, stream their efforts online, and solicit donations from friends and family. Money raised by the event goes directly to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including Minneapolis-based Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. We were particularly excited to help our local hospital, as giving back to our community is an important part of our company culture.

We are thrilled to report that we didn’t just hit our financial goal of $9,042–we exceeded it. As of this writing, Team Code42 has raised $10,018 for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare! We were also visited by two local television news crews. You can see one of the newscasts here.

 

Taking advantage of our Volunteer Time Off program, which grants every Code42 employee two days per year to use for volunteer opportunities, our fundraiser kicked off with a small crew at 10 p.m. Thursday night. This first shift started off the event stream with several hours of Destiny 2, some Rocket League and Playerunknown’s Battleground. Most of the Team Code42 crew came online at 8 a.m. Friday, and the new players brought with them some new activities. A group of gamers calling themselves “Gnome42” started a 24-hour World of WarCraft campaign, with every player using a level 1 gnome character. By the end of their 24-hour game, most players had reached level 60 or higher.

In one conference room at our Code42 headquarters, gamers played a 24-hour Dungeons and Dragons campaign. And in the main conference room location, Team Code42 members hauled in game consoles and custom-built PCs for many more hours of video games. The team’s Twitch stream rotated across the various player groups throughout the night. We’re pleased to say that we had an online audience for most of the whole 34-hour event–even in the dead of night!

Team Code42 made it through their 24-hour shifts thanks to lots of water, coffee, snacks and a few well-deserved short breaks. Highlights from the event include some particularly frenzied Rocket League matches, deliveries of pizza, sandwiches, and donuts from Code42 coworkers and the news crew visits.

We want to sincerely thank everyone who donated to our Extra Life event. If you meant to donate but didn’t get to it, there’s still time. 

Thank you so much for supporting our team’s efforts!

Team Code42 Joins Extra Life to Raise Money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

This Thursday, gamers of all kinds at Code42 will come together to participate in Extra Life, a charitable event organized to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. To participate, gamers pledge to play games for 24 hours straight, stream their efforts online, and solicit donations from friends and family.

For our first official Extra Life event, we’ve come together as Team Code42. Team Code42 is a collection of gamers, both at our headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota and in our satellite locations.

So our fans can join us for the event, we’ll be running a single stream that will rotate between the various players over the course of 34 hours. Yes, that’s right–34 hours. While everyone involved will play for 24 hours, we have a couple shifts of players starting at different times to extend the fun. Our stream starts on November 2 at 10 p.m. CDT and continue all the way through 8 a.m., November 4. As our stream rotates between players, you’ll see Destiny 2, World of WarCraft, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, Overwatch, and much more. One group of players is even running a 24-hour Dungeons and Dragons campaign (Fifth Edition, if you want to get specific).

We’re playing to support Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. Gillette treats thousands of children each year, regardless of their illness, injury or their family’s ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis and injuries they may get from just being a kid. We are honored to be able to help them in some small way.

We’ve set a fundraising goal for our inaugural Extra Life event at $9,042. We hope that you’ll help support our efforts with a one-time gift that will go directly to Gillette Children’s Hospital. Your donation is tax-deductible and will make miracles happen for families who desperately need them.

We need your help to reach our goal for the kids. Thank you so much for supporting our team’s efforts! Of course, please watch us get loopy on sleep deprivation and gaming on our official event stream.