December 21, 2012
Velti began a new tradition this holiday season, giving back to those in need by participating in several charity drives and non-profit organizations across the globe.
Beginning in November, our offices in Athens, London, San Francisco, and Palo Alto joined efforts to create Team Velti in the fight against prostate cancer for the Movember Foundation. Despite the fact that thousands of miles separate these offices, employees came together to raise almost $4,000—while enjoying some extra upper lip warmth from their mustaches (or Mo’s) of course! To increase donations, the UK team also put together a bake sale with all proceeds going to the Movember cause.
San Francisco Mo’s
London Bake Sale for Movember
Velti San Francisco, New York and Palo Alto
The San Francisco office chose two local charity drives for the holiday season: the San Francisco Food Bank for November and The Family Giving Tree for December.
During this year alone, the San Francisco Food Bank will deliver 45 million pounds of food throughout San Francisco and Marin County to help nourish more than 225,000 people—and during this drive, Velti employees were able to donate a total of $190 and 224lbs of food!
Immediately following the Food Bank drive, the San Francisco office began participation in a December charity drive for The Family Giving Tree. Employees were asked to choose a holiday wish card for a child from a low-income neighborhood, including the child’s name, age, and his or her holiday wish. This charity drive hit close to home for a lot of our employees, because many have small children of their own. Not a single holiday wish card was left, and we collected gifts for 61 children total—an estimated value over $2,000!
The New York office also participated in a food bank drive this November through the Food Bank for NYC. Although New York is one of our smaller offices, the employees still collected 50lbs of food for the Food Bank!
And in our Palo Alto office, we ran a charity drive with Second Harvest Food Bank to help feed families in need during the holiday season. They well-exceeded their goal of donating 200lbs of canned food, donating over 500 cans total!
Our employees in Athens also chose two non-profit organizations to donate to this holiday season: Floga and The Ark of the World.
Floga is the Parents’ Association of Children with Cancer in Greece. Their aim is to help children and the families of children suffering from cancer by providing them with psychological support, nursing care, medicines, and shelter and food during their treatments. To help provide for these families during the holidays, Velti Athens employees gathered 450 kilos (992lbs) of food and personal hygiene products, including 25 boxes of cleaning supplies, 3 boxes of medicine, and 70 gifts!
The Ark of the World is an association helping children who have experienced abandonment, racism and social exclusion. Velti employees in the Athens office were asked to donate food, medicine, and toys for the children of both organizations. A list of children’s names, ages, and their holiday wishes were also sent to employees for the opportunity to become a Secret Santa to bring joy into a child’s life. 200 kilos (440lbs) of food and hygiene products were collected from Velti Athens employees, as well as 200 kilos (440lbs) of cleaning supplies and three boxes of medicine for the wonderful children of The Ark of the World.
Velti offices in London have been participating in several charity drives since March! Their first drive of the year was a bake sale for Children with Cancer, an organization working to fight all childhood cancers. For September, employees had a coffee and cake sale as well as a “Guess Who’s the Baby” competition for MacMillan, an organization that provides medical and financial support to those affected by cancer. Through their sales and competition, they raised £248 ($400)!
Following their Movember event, the UK office began raising donations for Save the Children, a global campaign fighting to save the lives of children in 120 countries. Employees raised £75 ($120) through Just Text Giving and cash donations.
And on an individual level, one of our UK employees, Ray Jessel, ran the London Marathon in April to raise money for Mind, a mental health charity—raising over £1,000 ($1,625)!
We were excited about the opportunity to give back to our local communities all over the world and look forward to expanding our efforts in 2013. From the Velti family to yours—Happy Holidays!