As part of our mission to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges, the StackAdapt Team strives to give back to our community. One of the ways we do this is with our volunteer hours—each StackAdapter gets 8 hours per calendar year to contribute to any charity event they want to participate in, during work hours. To encourage our StackAdapters to work as a team at these events, we introduced Volunteer Days!
StackAdapters suggest charities, organizations or causes they want to support and the People & Culture Team organize the events for a larger group to participate in. We rolled out the first Volunteer Day in October and it was a great success!
In October, a group of StackAdapters took to the shores of Sugar Beach in Toronto to participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. This organization is “a national conservation program that provides Canadians the opportunity to take action in their communities wherever water meets land, one bit of trash at a time”. As a team, we collected 2 bags of garbage and 2 bags of recyclable items, with the total weight of 15 pounds along Sugar Beach and Sherbourne Commons. We picked up over 200 cigarette butts and found some other odd items along the way. The team was able to be outdoors—in insane windy/rainy weather—and bonded with members outside of their direct team over a cause that they cared about. This was a big hit that we intend to do again in the spring.
In November and December, we participated in 2 volunteer days with the Toronto Humane Society. Two groups of StackAdapters went to the shelter and learned about the programs that they offered and how the organization supports all animals in the downtown Toronto area. We got the opportunity to walk dogs, play with puppies and make dog toys. Everyone who participated in this volunteer day were overwhelmed with joy and loved hanging out with animals for half the day, while feeling a sense of accomplishment as they gave back to the community. The best part of this day was witnessing the conversations that were sparked with other StackAdapters that didn’t get the opportunity to attend. The experiences that were shared with everyone actually act as a catalyst to bring people in the office closer—it’s amazing how much the team cares about animals, whether their own or not.
These Volunteer Days are a great addition to our ongoing efforts to support our communities and to give back to others. We are excited to expand this program in 2020 and will be offering a Volunteer Day once a month for any StackAdapter that wants to get involved. And with that, we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and look forward to sharing our news and events that shape StackAdapt in the new year!
People & Culture Coordinator