The Great Build: Oath’s Call to Action
In honor of Oath's one-year anniversary on June 13, the company hosted an inaugural employee day of service, The Great Build. Fueled by the skills and passions of our employees and backed by the power of our brands, our teams led and took part in more than 200 service projects as diverse as our employees—from hosting hackathons to benefit nonprofits to mentoring students, more than 6,000 employees across 18 countries impacted millions of lives.
From Barbara Kempe, Copy Editor, Yahoo
I like volunteering. I enjoy doing things for others and supporting causes that are meaningful to me. At previous jobs, I have participated in community service projects in which I read to students at a school my kids didn't attend, planted trees in a park in a town I don't live in, and painted fences at a summer camp I've never heard of. These were all worthwhile projects, and I was thrilled to be a part of them, but I didn't connect to them personally.
That is what sets Oath's Great Build apart from other companies' volunteer initiatives. Employees create the projects based on causes they are personally connected to and recruit coworkers to join them in supporting the effort. This year's offerings at my location alone included helping students release trout they raised, teaching young girls about finance negotiation, assisting with therapeutic horseback riding for people with disabilities, assembling backpacks of necessities for foster children, and delivering meals to elderly New Yorkers. With offerings this diverse, how could prospective volunteers not find something they were passionate about? This is much more personal and meaningful than planting a tree you'll never see grow.
Barbara Kempe (center) and other Oath employees volunteering for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
My own project, which supported the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, couldn't be more personal. I started working with LLS about five years ago, after my husband died from complications of lymphoma. My daughters, then 9 and 10, and I wanted to find a way to help make sure that other families would not have to go through what we did. We began taking part in the Light the Night Walks that LLS holds annually, and over the years we have raised more the $5,000 to support the organization's mission of discovering new treatments and cures for blood cancers. Last weekend, I completed a 10K (my first race of any kind, ever!) in memory of my husband, as part of Moms in Training to benefit LLS. I raised about $2,000 for the cause.
When I found out I could create my own volunteer project for our global day of service to benefit any cause I chose, I was so excited to share my passion for LLS and its mission. I asked a friend who works in the New York office how we could be of most help, and she helped me design the project. I was happy to work together with my coworkers to support the organization's important work.
And I'm not the only one. About a week ago, I helped recruit people for the various projects here in New York and online, and most people were genuinely excited about the group they were going to be helping, or about finding a project they were interested in. Many people thanked me for asking them to donate their time.
It's wonderful to donate your time to help others, and even nicer when you can make it personal. Thanks so much to the organizers of The Great Build for making that possible!