Over 1,100 employees all over the globe donated their time and resources to various nonprofits during Adobe’s Community Action Month in April and May, making a big impact in the communities in which we live and work. Not only did we meet and exceed our goal to increase hours by 10 percent, we also increased the number of projects by more than 60 percent. Employees volunteered over 4,400 hours for more than 100 projects. This was an incredible level of involvement, especially during April’s Creative Cloud and CS6 launch.
Adobe volunteers gave their time to a variety of organizations, with a focus on Adobe Foundation grantees, resulting in an impact extending beyond just the cash grants. Activities ranged from sorting food at local food banks to building playhouses to giving career advice to Adobe Youth Voices students.
A few highlights from Adobe sites around the world:
Adobe Youth Voices: Adobe Youth Voices held several events for Community Action Month, including career panels in New York City and San Francisco, rough cut reviews in Boston, Ottawa and New York City, and a career day at the San Jose headquarters.
Romania: Employees donated meal tickets to the Red Cross, toys and clothes to a local shelter and participated in a blood drive.
McLean, VA: Twenty-three employees volunteered at two homes supported and operated by the Alternative House. Employees painted, cleaned, steam cleaned carpets, assembled furniture, completing a list of projects in three hours that would have taken two people multiple days to finish.
India: Eleven employees participated in various sessions organized by career counseling. The activities included mock interviews, quizzes, focused group discussions and two guest sessions. Saji Geevarghese, senior program director, HOPE Foundation said, “I was very impressed with how the Adobe volunteer team engaged with our youth in different ways, leaving them encouraged and visibly more confident. I am looking forward to more such engagements in the near future.”
Canada: More than 60 employees volunteered in the sorting and packing of food at the Ottawa Food Bank, painting a young men’s shelter and sorting clothing donations at a local underserved school. Employees held a silent auction and raised more than $5,000 for the Youth Services Bureau and the Ottawa Food Bank.
San Francisco and San Jose: Ten employees volunteered with GRID Alternatives to install a 3.88 kW solar system for a low-income family home in East San Jose. The Adobe Green Team, along Adobe matching gifts, raised more than $7,500 for the GRID Alternatives workday to help bring the power of solar energy to a family in need.
Japan: Employees rallied around a clothing donation drive to benefit the Refashion organization that provides clothes to those in need. They also donated computers to high school students in damaged areas of Japan.