SDL Cluj celebrated the fifth anniversary of the SDL Foundation with not one, but two charity initiatives.
The office took part in Romania’s ‘Give & Gain Day 2015’ programme, which celebrates the incredible power of employee volunteering and encourages businesses to find a local project which can benefit from the support of volunteers. Five colleagues helped clean the yard, plant ornamental trees, repair a pergola, and paint interior and exterior areas at an elderly care home in Cluj, called Fundatia pentru Ingrijirea Varstnicului – Cluj. The volunteers were happy to be able to help improve the elderly residents’ lives and were also delighted to speak with residents and hear some of their remarkable stories.
SDL Chicago colleagues were delighted to participate in the fight against hunger by spending an afternoon recently helping at the Chicago Food Depository.
The non-profit food distribution and training centre provides food for people in Chicago, with the ultimate intention of ending hunger in the city. Founded in 1979, the Chicago Food Depository has a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.
It also runs programmes for children and adults to try and address the root causes of hunger. More than 812,000 men, women and children (1 in 6 people in Cook County) rely on the Chicago Food Depository’s network each year, and last year the Food Depository distributed 67 million pounds of food, fresh produce, dairy products and meat – the equivalent of 154,000 meals every day! By giving up their free time for one afternoon to support the organisation, the SDL Chicago colleagues were able to help sort over 7,800lbs of food.
SDL San Jose colleagues repaired driveways and filled in murals at Cassell Elementary School recently when they participated in the United Way of Silicon Valley’s 2015 Day of Action. Colleagues spent three hours bringing ‘a rainbow of inspiration’ to the elementary school’s campus.
The United Way’s work is focused on creating the building blocks for a good life and the charitable organisation helps children and young people in local communities achieve their potential through education programmes.
In addition to helping the United Way, San Jose colleagues on another occasion supported a different charity, the Family Giving Tree, which works with social service agencies and schools in the San Francisco Bay Area to help children from low income families.
Sheffield based DTP Analyst Ali Coldwell volunteered to help Habitat for Humanity build Eco houses in the Balkans.
“I first heard about Habitat for Humanity via the SDL Foundation and was inspired by both SDL Cluj’s build in Romania last year and a friend’s build in Malawi. I didn’t know much about the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (in fact I struggled to find a guide book) but shortly after booking the trip it declared a state of emergency over the Refugee Crisis. I gladly combined my passions of culture, physical activity and social responsibility to work alongside local people building eco houses in the Balkans. Not only is the country home to the largest Roma community in Europe, one in three people are unemployed so most legal houses remain visibly unfinished"
Habitat for Humanity helps local would-be home owners through ‘sweat equity’ (each family must work 400 hours on site) and micro loans, offering a hand up rather than a hand out.