Rebuilding Together

ShareFile teams up with Rebuilding Together

Written by on May 20, 2013 in Community - No comments

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in Citrix’s Global Day of Impact with a team made up of 18 colleagues from various departments — sales, marketing, analytics, customer support and facilities. We were able to take an entire day off of work to serve in our local community, and we partnered with Rebuilding Together of the Triangle. This organization believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. Its focus is to provide critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients.

We arrived at Mr. and Mrs. Matthew’s house first thing in the morning. The couple is in their late 80s and has been very active in their community throughout their lives. Recently Mr. Matthews, a WWII veteran, had a stroke. He is currently in rehab, and Mrs. Matthews is living in the home by herself. There were several critical repairs that needed to be made to get the house back to a healthy environment for Mr. Matthews’ return.

Our large group broke up into teams of four and were assigned tasks — putting up siding, exterior painting, countertop and sink installation, hanging sheetrock, repairing baseboards in bedrooms, and more. I was on Team Siding— we were tasked with putting up siding on the house, caulking and then painting. My favorite part was when I got to use the nail gun!

After a full day’s work for the team, we completed all of the items on the list and were thrilled to have made the home efficient and safe for the Matthews. It was really cool to see employees from all different departments working together for a great cause. I took a moment to ask a few of my colleagues about their experience yesterday, and here’s what they had to say:

“Rebuilding Together provided an incredible opportunity to not only give back to our community, but to better get to know some of our wonderful coworkers as well. From painting and replacing siding to upgrading counters and kitchen cabinets, today allowed us the privilege of bettering the lives of our peers while working alongside our coworkers and friends in a unique and challenging environment. I look forward to working with Rebuilding Together during our next volunteer outing, and hope to have even more volunteers join us for our next visit.” Pace Koenig

 “This was my first GDI event here at Citrix and it was a really great experience. It was awesome to be able to actually be hands-on and to see what our team was able to accomplish. Also, meeting the people in our community that we were lending a hand to was incredibly rewarding. We have amazing people here in our area and to be able to give back to them and our Veterans is a great thing.” William Booth

Take a look at the pictures from our volunteer day on the ShareFile Facebook page.

I’m looking forward to next year’s Global Day of Impact already! Is your organization involved in community service activities? I’d love to hear more about the opportunities you’ve organized. Share them below.

About the Author

Jennifer Smith (@jen_smith1) is a community manager at Citrix with experience in event management, content creation and social media management. She joined the ShareFile team in 2010 and is a board member of the company’s community service organization, SHARE.