As we look forward to all that 2014 will bring, it is also important to reflect back on how we have served our communities in 2013. Working at EMC is about more than just succeeding in our jobs. It is equally important to invest the time and money to ensure that the communities we work in are also cared for. The Global Renewal Sales team is one group that has integrated this community focus into our work routine. The Global Renewals team (with regional hubs in the U.S., Singapore & Ireland) is extremely proud to have represented EMC in meaningful service projects throughout 2013. We wanted to take a few moments to share our community highlights from last year.
Fighting Hunger in Franklin, MA
As Autumn and Thanksgiving approached in the United States, the Renewal & Inside Education Sales team in Franklin wanted to help local families in need. The team learned that over 1,500 individuals and 600 families visit the Franklin Food Pantry every year. Of these visitors, 38% are children under the age of 18. The team decided to support the mission and work of the Food Pantry by collecting donations, hosting a bake sale and raising funds. Christina Crowley, Global Renewal Sales Vice President, was excited to share her baking expertise for this effort. The project was a great success, contributing hugely to the Food Pantry in terms of funds and awareness raised, as well as helping to build the camaraderie among the Franklin EMC teams!
Typhoon Haiyan struck Southeast Asia in November 2013. The devastation was massive—more than 6,000 people died in the Philippines alone. In support of the affected families, the APJ Renewals team came together to facilitate a collection bank, where a number of employees donated necessities including clothing, blankets and food supplies to typhoon victims. The APJ Renewals team continues to work to help provide shelter and rebuild livelihoods in the Philippines. The typhoon effort is both a sad reminder as to how lives can be changed overnight, as well as proof of the strength we have when we work together to help one another. For more information on the current status, please click here.
A Rally for Sustainability
The EMEA Renewals team rallied together for their bi-annual Sustainability Week in Q2’13. This included activities such as “Casual Tuesday”, where team members could dress down in exchange for their charity donation as well as bag packing in the local shopping center to help raise funds for charity. In addition, the team held a bake sale to raise funds and a charity “Wax-Off”, where some of Renewals finest and bravest men offered up their legs for waxing all in the name of charity! The chosen charities were Cork ARC Cancer Support House and the Simon Community, a voluntary organization that helps the homeless in Ireland. In Q4, the team held their second Sustainability Week, which focused on Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The team hosted a variety of activities—Table Quiz with a Halloween theme, turned the Ireland Center of Excellence online homepage pink for a day, hosted a Women’s Health awareness session and a Pink Friday where employees were asked to show their support by wearing pink for the day! It was really amazing to see so many team members come together to raise awareness and funds for such an important cause.
All in all, the Global Renewals Sales team was very proud to serve community efforts around the world in 2013. We set the bar high, and look forward to creating even more positive change in 2014!