Many employees and their families across the U.S. started 2017 off in true Adobe spirit—donating their time to help others in their communities.
It was all part of a special day of service, organized and promoted by Adobe’s Black Employee Network (BEN) and the Corporate Responsibility team, on the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday (Monday, January 16).
“Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life of service and his belief in community action are a constant reminder for me to find every opportunity to give back and support others,” said Varija Yelagalawadi, community activator. “Of course, Adobe giving us the day off was great bonus motivation to take the day ON!”
A group of 13 from Lehi represented Adobe as they volunteered at Encircle Together, an LGBTQ family and youth resource center that’s preparing to open in February in Provo, Utah. The center will provide a safe place for LGBTQ youth and their families.
Employees helped prepare the basement (cleaning and building shelves); shoveled the driveway; and cleaned floors, windows and baseboards.
“The AdobeProud employee network provided the avenue for the Lehi connection with this wonderful organization, and we’re so excited to continue our partnership,” said Kelvin Brock, senior manager, WW Retentions Operations.
“It was perfect timing to bond with colleagues and our local community for a great cause. We’re hoping to continue being involved,” added Bo Rattie, product manager.
In San Francisco, thirteen Adobe representatives volunteered at the Museum of The African Diaspora.
“From managing lines and directing people traffic to organizing art activities and a scavenger hunt, we participated in any way possible to make MLK Jr. day a success for the more than 1,100 people who attended the museum,” said Brandon Baker, customer success/quality engineer. “This was a great way to give back.”
For Ebenezer Ampah, quality engineer, the best part of the event was actually discovering the venue.
“I didn’t know San Francisco had a Museum of African Diaspora, so I was really excited to hear about it and also embraced the opportunity to do some volunteering while checking out the museum’s exhibits,” he said. “Another thing I enjoyed was helping the kids with their street art drawings; it was really fun to see the inner creativity of those kids.”
In San Jose, 10 employee volunteers and their children prepared meals for the homeless with CityTeam—a local nonprofit that serves about 600 meals per day.
“It’s amazing to me how employees were so willing to give a day of their time with their coworkers,” Varija said. “The enthusiasm to work together for a few hours and have some fun while giving back was awesome!”
As part of the MLK Jr. Day festivities (but not on the day itself), San Jose employees enjoyed a performance on site by Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir.
These events represent just a sample of some of the ways employees showed their local communities what Adobe’s value, “Involved,” is all about. And as today marks the start of Black History Month in the U.S, Adobe employees will spend the time continuing to be involved!