A Successful Community Action Month
More than 1,100 Adobe employees around the world rolled up their sleeves and gave back to our communities in the spirit of Community Action Month during April and May, making a big impact in the communities in which we live and work.
Adobe volunteers gave over 4,400 hours of service 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 key benefit is the great teambuilding that is cultivated while volunteers work side by side in service of their community. Adobe’s Senior Vice President of HR, Donna Morris, is a big advocate of Community Action Month. Her team in San Jose volunteered at Mount Pleasant High School, an Adobe Youth Voices site, where they gardened, painted and cleaned.
“A day volunteering in the community is definitely not your typical day in the office, but it is not an unusual activity for Adobe. We take pride in showing our ‘involved’ value at work year-round. I know my team had a lot of fun tilling soil and painting together. Then, seeing the excitement on the faces of the teens after we finished made the experience that much sweeter.”
Here are highlights from the different 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.
Bucharest: Employees donated meal tickets to the Red Cross, toys and clothes for a local shelter, and participated in a blood drive.
McLean: 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.
Noida: Eleven employees participated in various sessions organized for 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 volunteering 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.”
Ottawa: 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 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.
Tokyo: 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.
A Culture of Giving Back
Community Action Month activities are just a sample of all the great activities that happen throughout the year. In 2011, Adobe contributed over $54 million in community giving and we have a variety of programs that encourage employees to volunteer in our communities. These include:
- Dollars for Doers program – Adobe donates $125 for every 10 hours employees volunteer at a nonprofit organization.
- Adobe Youth Voices – Adobe Foundation’s global signature philanthropy program designed to provide youth in underserved communities with the critical skills they need to become active and engaged members of their communities and the world at large.
- Matching Gift Program – The Matching Gift Program supports individual contributions to qualified nonprofit organizations and schools. Adobe matches employee donations up to a maximum of US$5,000 per employee, per calendar year.
- Employee Software Purchase Donation Program – Adobe offers this program for K-12 Schools, whereby U.S. employees can purchase up to 30 products (at a reduced rate) to donate to local schools.
Learn more about Adobe’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts.