One of the many cool things about working at Citrix is the value that the company places on giving back to our communities. Each employee receives two paid volunteer days per year — one to use at a Global Day of Impact activity sponsored by Citrix offices around the world, and one personal volunteer day to help out with an organization of the employee’s choosing.
Upon looking at various organizations that needed volunteers, I stumbled upon Activate Good. Activate Good organized a 9/11 Day of Service, called Activate Raleigh, which was a community-wide service day on September 11th where local businesses, groups and individuals united to honor those lost on 9/11 with volunteerism.
More than 40 projects took place around the Triangle, and I chose to work with the Boys & Girls Club. I had never volunteered with this organization before, but I really enjoyed the time I spent there. The Boys & Girls Clubs provides a positive and safe environment where young people can connect with trained and caring staff and reach their goals — a really valuable and needed service to the community. For example, I learned that the club offers a wide range of fun and educational afterschool activities for young people every day from 2:30pm to 8pm — all for just $7.50 annually.
A few of my colleagues also used their personal volunteer days to participate in the Day of Service. Together we helped develop homework sheets and afterschool activities for kids in kindergarten to 2nd grade. It was really neat to be able to get so hands on with the materials that the children are using.
We had a great time and are hoping to partner with the Boys & Girls Club on future activities. Check out some of the pictures from our day below.
Do you have an organization that you volunteer with? We’d love to hear what organization is your favorite.