One of my favorite things about working for Citrix is the fact that every employee is given two paid days off a year to volunteer with a community organization in need. In Q2 of every year, Citrix launches a worldwide corporate citizenship initiative, called the Global Day of Impact, where employees in each office organize group volunteer dates. This year, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to organize a volunteer date at Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities.
Founded in 1969, Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities provides educational, residential, therapeutic and family support services to children and adults with special needs. The Center’s goal is to provide the individuals it serves the opportunity to maximize their abilities in a loving, nurturing environment. I first heard about TLC through a local charity organization called Band Together, which uses the power of live music to raise funds and awareness for a partnering nonprofit – this year, being TLC – and organizes the largest charitable music festival in NC every year. Citrix ShareFile is a sponsor of the Band Together main event featuring Lyle Lovett this year, so it was an obvious decision to partner with TLC for a GDI date as well.
True to their mission, I found that TLC is a very loving, nurturing place to be. The entire staff welcomed us with open arms, giving us a full orientation, tour of their facility and introducing us to nearly all of their residents and students. In our orientation, we learned that TLC offers so much to the local special needs community: early intervention services, day services including a preschool, a respite care program, residential services both center-based and in the community and therapy services.
The first half of our day was spent directly interacting and spending time with the residents and students, which was so much fun! We brought a craft activity to work on which included creating rows of flowers with cupcake holders, popsicle sticks, construction paper, and buttons. Everyone really seemed to enjoy this project, which provided the students a hands-on, sensory stimulating activity to work on. After we finished the craft project, we got to interact with the preschool classes at recess – helping them play basketball, soccer, hide and seek, and swing. I think many of our employees wished we had recess here at Citrix after having such a great time with the kids! We wrapped up the day stuffing gift bags for the Band Together main event and making paper airplanes for the audience to fly at the concert.
It was such a privilege to be able to witness firsthand and be a part of what TLC offers to over 400 families in the Wake County community every year. Visit the Tammy Lynn Center and Band Together websites to learn more about both organizations and how you can help make a difference for those with developmental disabilities!
Check out some pictures that we took during our time at TLC.