The Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the U.S. is #GivingTuesday — a day to encourage generosity in the holiday season and year-round. At Acquia, #GiveBackMore is part of our core DNA, and we are encouraged to contribute to the community with our time, talent and resources. It’s inspiring to work for a company that values giving to the community and empowers each team member to support the causes that matter to us.
Season of Giving
Team members across the globe are getting in the giving spirit. One of the most heartwarming give back initiatives we host at Acquia is our annual holiday gift drive in Boston to support the Wonderfund. Every year, the Wonderfund distributes holiday presents to 40,000 children engaged with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. In our fifth year supporting the organization, Acquians are spreading some holiday joy and buying gifts for 250 children.
In the U.K., our colleagues are participating in a charity day with Sebastian’s Action Trust. They’ll be decorating the Woodlands facility, which offers respite holidays to seriously ill children and their families. Our Reading office also looks forward to celebrating Christmas Jumper Day to raise money and support Save the Children.
To celebrate Children’s Day in India, our Pune office recently hosted underprivileged kids to share in snacks, crafts and smiles. Twelve members of our team partnered with 20 kids from the Somnath Vidyalaya School to make 100 kaleidoscopes as part of the celebration.
While the holiday season inspires acts of generosity, #GiveBackMore is not limited to only the last couple of months of the year for Acquia. Each of our three Engage user conferences this year encouraged our delegates to also embrace our culture of giving back. We raised more than $3,200 for Vision Australia at Engage APAC, £3,400 for Cancer Research UK and Water Aid at Engage Europe, and nearly $11,000 for Girls Who Code at Engage North America!