Every waterfall begins with a single drop of water. That’s the idea behind VMware’s Citizen Philanthropy approach to giving—VMware’s waterfall of impact is the result of the collective actions of VMware people. Core to our ethos is the belief that we can all learn and grow through service.
Amidst a wide range of measures currently being enforced to slow the spread of COVID-19 around the world, Service Learning looks significantly different at present than it did just 6 months ago. This month, we are highlighting several of the ways that VMware people around the world have been adapting to still serve their communities safely at this time.
- VMware’s IT for Good Giving Network members have been working with CareerVillage.org to provide students with career advice from a distance.
- Children of VMware people in the Philippines have been writing and sending letters of gratitude and encouragement for frontline healthcare workers with their parent’s help.
- VMware people in North Carolina, US, run weekly routes for their local chapter of Meals on Wheels. The organization has had to pivot its service model due to COVID-19, so the team is now delivering a week’s worth of frozen meals at a time.
- In March 2020, Australia estimated it would need 14,000 new blood donors to maintain its nation’s blood supply, which was under pressure due to the disruption of regular donations. Sim, a VMware engineer in Melbourne, Australia, found a safe and secure way to give blood through the Australian Red Cross.
While many group Service Learning opportunities around the world have been canceled or postponed due to social distancing measures and shelter-in-place requirements, it has been inspiring to see VMware’s culture of service shine through as VMware people around the world have found new and innovative ways to continue to support each other and our communities throughout this global pandemic.
Learn more about VMware Citizen Philanthropy in action here.