Last week, we held our 3rd Annual Global Impact Day, time set aside for Boxers around the world to celebrate the holiday season by giving back to our local communities together! While this year's (virtual) day of giving no-doubt looked a little different from years' past, our Boxers were more determined than ever to make a huge impact.
Our three Box.org focus areas are 1) building a diverse tech pipeline, 2) doing our part to enable nonprofit digital transformation, and 3) being a good neighbor. With these in mind, over 1,000 Boxers across four continents participated in this year's Impact Day by either virtually volunteering with one of our nonprofit partners or hacking for social good around a community problem within our focus areas. As a company we amassed over 4,000 collective hours of community engagement and donated $40,000 to local nonprofit organizations in the sprit of doing #moregoodtogether!
Volunteering at a distance
On the virtual volunteering front, our Boxers were empowered "to be a good neighbor" and engage in the communities and causes most important to them. Down under, our small, yet mighty, team of Australian Boxers chose to volunteer with the Sydney Basket Brigade, packing and delivering baskets of food and other household goods to families in need. Similarly, our Boxers in Texas partnered with Community Pods to prepare over 45 healthy food and snack baskets to support the increase in families struggling to make ends meet during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Over in Japan, Boxers also focused their efforts on pandemic relief by constructing over 100 mask cases and PPE gowns, in addition to cookie care packages for nursing homes through the nonprofit, Hands on Tokyo.
Meanwhile, our Boxers in EMEA partnered with another incredible organization, St Giles Trust, to use their experiences in the tech industry to provide virtual coaching to individuals facing unemployment and looking to gain valuable IT skills. "I was both impressed by [St Giles'] incredible work, as well as humbled by the hardships many of their clients go through," said Box.org EMEA lead Dorota Sakwerda-Chrobak. "I truly believe technology has a huge potential to change lives in many ways, including through the fantastic jobs our sector creates. We hope this is one of many more sessions to come with St Giles caseworkers as we join forces to connect diverse talent with life-changing opportunities."
In addition to our region-specific volunteer engagements, we also held three global volunteer opportunities open to all Boxers, one of which was a virtual letter-writing session in partnership with Love for Our Elders, a nonprofit that focuses on bringing joy into the lives of elderly individuals experiencing loneliness. One of the unique aspects of this particular session was that Boxers were able to invite their little ones, quarantine buddies, and pups to share in this special day of giving together and spreading the love!
To add even more goodness to this day, we also had over 200 Boxers volunteer with Think of Us and Career Village, two innovative organizations on a mission to expand opportunities for underrepresented youth and democratize access to career advice, respectively. Our Boxers formed an "Advice Mob" for the day, drawing upon their career experiences and expertise to assist over 80 students with their resumes and mock interview skills through Think of Us, as well as send out over 230 pieces of advice to students on the Career Village platform.
As one of our most engaged Career Village volunteers of the day, Senior Customer Success Manager Apurva Parikh contributed 16 posts of advice that were read over 550 times by students in less than 24 hours! "The most memorable part about volunteering was being able to directly engage with [students] from all over the world, helping to answer questions and provide guidance that will hopefully further their [careers] in some way," said Parikh.
Hacking for good
In addition to virtual volunteering, over 100 Boxers chose to spend their Impact Day "hacking for social good" to improve systems, processes, and programs that elevate our communities. Our Boxer hacks ranged from innovative recruiting practices to help diversify our Boxer talent pipeline, to the creation of a Nonprofit Onboarding Welcome Kit on our Box platform. The latter was chosen as the winning hack by our executive committee for its potential to help drive nonprofit digital transformation in line with our key Box.org focus area. Team Captain Ashesh Satvedi described his team's idea as a "simple and scalable solution to help our nonprofit customers successfully onboard to Box with pre-populated templates specific to nonprofit use cases." We look forward to implementing this and many of the other social hacks over the next year, leveraging the unique strengths of our Boxer community for social good.
We are incredibly proud and humbled by all the ways in which our Boxers chose to give back this Impact Day. At its core, "this day was an opportunity to lean in to help the community at large and double down on our core values at Box," reflected Product Support Lead Braden Bell. And we couldn't agree more! A huge thank you to all of our Boxers who helped make this day possible, and continue to live out our core values year-round, doing #moregoodtogether. We'll see you next year!