By Nicola Acutt, Vice President, Philanthropy and Sustainability at VMware
Kicking off the New Year with some cheer, the VMware Foundation team today announced the 2014 #iServe challenge for VMware employees. All VMware people are invited to share their Service Learning stories on VMware Link (our internal social networking platform powered by Socialcast) and then colleagues “like” the stories that inspire them the most. In keeping with our Citizen Philanthropy approach to giving, challenge winners will have the opportunity to direct a $1,000 USD grant to the charity of their choice. Check out this fun, short video to learn more about what the challenge is all about:
What is Service Learning, you might ask? At VMware, all employees are granted five days of paid time to serve in their community. Service Learning is about both contributing our time and talent and receiving the gift of learning through that experience. The mission of the VMware Foundation is to provide a platform for our employees to contribute to and make a difference in the communities in which we work and live. We accomplish this goal primarily through global programs designed to amplify the personal contributions made to the causes closest to our people’s hearts.
While the contest is only open to VMware employees, we want to showcase some of the cool stuff that the people behind VMware’s great technology are doing, and we want you to have a front-row seat to all the goodness. The deadline for the first #iServe Challenge of the year is Thursday, May 1st and we’ll be posting the winners’ stories right here on the Company Blog. Be sure to stay tuned for more details.
A natural part of the Service Learning experience is reflection. And in this spirit, we also wanted to take a moment to reflect and share how VMware has given back together as a Community in 2013. For those of you who love numbers, last year over 6,600 people participated in at least one Foundation program (and this doesn’t include our holiday gift – where every employee was able to direct a $100 USD donation to the charity project of their choice!) With more than 14,000 people at VMware, this is the collective impact of Citizen Philanthropy.
We’re looking forward to updating you with the winners of the VMware #iServe challenge! Be sure to follow the Company Blog for updates from our Foundation as well as other Company News.