It has been a tremendous year of giving back here at Sevenstep. As I reflect on 2019, a few of our global events stand out in my mind as being noteworthy, including our first-ever “Run the World in 5K” in May, an LGBTQ+ movie night in September and our annual global food drive in December.
A Unifying Movie Night
Despite the official pride month occurring annually in June, Sevenstep does not hesitate to support LGBTQ+ employees and organizations year-round. Our movie nights do not always carry a theme, and we often use them as a reason to spend time with one another after work, but September’s movie night was a little different.
“I like to participate in these events as they are not only for a good cause, but they also provide the opportunity to meet other people in the office that work on different accounts and teams,” said Kate Maguire, Manager of Talent Services.
In September, we watched Love, Simon. We know that even something as simple as watching a movie together promotes an inclusive, tolerant and open-minded culture. For this, and many other reasons, Manager of Client Services, Stephanie Hinten, is proud to work at Sevenstep: “I think it’s great that as an organization we have an LGBTQ+ group to support our employees and celebrate diversity.”
Giving Back This Holiday Season
Leading up to Christmas, Sevenstep employees helped to alleviate hunger in their communities with the annual Sevenstep food drive. By collecting canned goods, grains, pasta and nuts, amongst other items, we worked together to end hunger by addressing the immediate needs of families in our communities.
In the U.K., donations were sent to Teignbridge Homeless Action Today, a food bank that supplies the community, as well as a homeless shelter. Our own Manager of Analytics & Intelligence, Stephanie Hanson, is married to a chef who volunteers at the shelter and he prepared meals using the donations the Sevenstep Devon team collected.
Social Media Strategist, Anna Slingo, appreciated the coincidence: “I thought it was a pretty cool story about how our donations are directly contributing to the local community.”
What a year! I have no doubt that 2020 will bring more impactful, fun and global philanthropic events to the Sevenstep Cares program. As a heavy participant and passionate volunteer, I have loved watching our corporate social responsibility platform blossom into what it is today. Not only are we getting more involvement from across the organization, we are also making impressive strides to include all of our employees from around the world in each event. This means we can do more, together.
Look for more blog updates from me throughout 2020 on Sevenstep Cares, and be sure to follow us on social media for real-time updates (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram). Happy New Year everyone!