By: Annie Andre
Over 900 Appirians around the world participated in this year’s Future of the Cloud Day (FOTCD), our annual company-wide day of service. This event gathers us together to make an impact. Nearly 40 events took place across five countries, making this the most global Future of the Cloud Day to date.
In the United States
The recent natural disasters in the U.S. prompted many Appirians to participate in hurricane relief efforts to help those impacted in Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida.
At Mather Elementary School in Dorchester, MA, Appirians engaged and educated the next generation of technologists at a STEM fair for fifth-graders.
The Indianapolis headquarters, because of it’s size, was broken up into variety of volunteer opportunities. One Indy group created animal enrichment toys for the inhabitants of the Indianapolis Zoo, and others painted a mural at a local elementary school. Some worked at the Hoosier Veterans Association’s clothing pantry, while others did some heavy cleaning for local animal shelters.
The streets of Jaipur are cleaner and more colorful after Appirians broke into groups and participated in the “Dust Busters” initiative. This multi-tiered project entailed cleaning, painting murals, and decorating reusable bags promoting cleanliness.
Appirio’s growing presence in Europe was felt on FOTCD. London Appirians worked on a pro bono consulting project for a charity and battled the rain and gloom to support the Community Outdoor Group, which runs free cycling programs for children.
Over in Dublin, Apprians collected 60 bags of clothes for the homeless and raised over 900 euros for the Irish Hospice Foundation.
In the cloud
In the week leading up to FOTCD, virtual volunteer sessions were also offered, such as making cat and dog toys from home while socializing with co-workers on Google Hangouts. These virtual events were coupled with an in-person component, like dropping the newly-made toys off to a local animal shelter.
More about Silver Linings
Future of the Cloud Day is just one part of Appirio’s Silver Lining program. This program also offers pro bono consulting services to support non-profits in implementing cloud technologies, as well as paid time off for all employees to volunteer for causes of their choosing.
During the holiday season this year, think of what you can do to give back to a cause close to your heart!