At VMware, giving back to the community is a hallmark of our culture (in fact it is one of the C’s in our EPIC2 values – Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers and Community). While the holiday season can be a beautiful time of year, it can also bring stress and financial difficulty for far too many families. And that’s why the VMware Canada team once again mobilized to spread some holiday cheer and give back to the communities in which we live and work.
Last year, the Toronto area team raised money to fulfill the holiday wish lists of five deserving families and this year the team expanded outside Toronto and increased its goal — committing to support 11 families, including 25 children in partnership with a local elementary school in a low economic area that has more families in need than what their community can support. With the help of VMware Canada employees from across the country, the team raised over $3,100 to purchase toys, clothes, toiletries, diapers and grocery gift cards to deliver a magical holiday to those in need.
Photo: VMware Canada Holiday Happiness elves hard at work, shopping to fulfill holiday wish lists!
VMware Canada employees based outside of the GTA also came together to support local organizations. In the Western Region, the team raised funds for the Salvation Army in BC, Alberta and Manitoba. And in Austin, Texas the VMware Canada Inside Sales team sponsored a young woman through SAFE Alliance, a service agency supporting survivors of child abuse, sexual assault & exploitation, and domestic violence. With their donations, the team checked off her entire wish list – from pillows and bedding to new home décor items.
Photo: The Austin, Texas based VMware Canada Inside Sales Team made a list and checked it twice to support SAFE Alliance.
We’re proud to see our EPIC2 values come to life this holiday season to spread goodwill and cheer. Wishing you all a very safe and happy holiday season – we can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2019!