Taking the call to action to help the Bay Area
By Tenni Theurer, Sr. Director Product Management, Oath News
At Oath, our company values guide how we operate, and one of those values is "Call to action." This serves as a constant reminder of our commitment to giving back to the community and acting quickly in times of emergency.
I feel an incredible amount of pride in working for a company that takes its values seriously and seeing firsthand how Oath answers the call to help after a natural disaster strikes.
A few months ago, Verizon and Oath for Good, Oath's social impact arm, jumped at the chance to help the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. As an Oath employee, I'm incredibly proud to be part of an organization that used our collective brands - Yahoo, HuffPost, Aol, Tumblr, RYOT, Build, and go90 - to help coordinate a one-hour livestream of the Hand in Hand hurricane relief benefit.
Behind the scenes, colleagues from Los Angeles, New York, Dallas and Sunnyvale quickly organized and worked together through the weekend. The Hand in Hand Hurricane effort, lead by Oath's production team and RYOT's content team, was a home run, raising over $40M for hurricane victims.
The North Bay Fires in California were even closer to home for me, since I work and live in the Bay Area. It was truly heartbreaking to hear the stories of the lives, homes, and establishments lost. I attended the Band Together benefit concert last Thursday that Oath sponsored, along with other leading companies and foundations in Silicon Valley. The concert headlined by Metallica and Dave Matthews raised funds to support long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts in response to the devastating fire, and Oath for Good is continuing to match donations up to $100,000 to help amplify the efforts.