When we inaugurated the Season of Giving at our Clearwater offices last year, we had no idea what 2020 had in store for us.
But that fundamental change — focused on helping those in need and community service — now seems prescient.We recognize the impacts of COVID on so many in our local communities and around the globe, and this holiday season, giving back has never been more important.
And so, we are expanding our efforts this year with activities throughout the entire month, designed to accommodate our remote work environment. Our month-long celebration will reinforce Tech Data’s four pillars of giving back.
We kicked off Week 1 focused on Colleague-Driven causes and encouraged all U.S. colleagues to participate in Giving Tuesday. We provided links to many of our longstanding community partners across the country, like Make-A-Wish, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and the American Cancer Society, while also reminding colleagues to give to those charities that are important to them.
As we step into week 2, we recognize our Children and Education pillar by re-imagining the in-person routine of selecting ornaments from an angel tree. Using online sign-ups, this year Tech Data colleagues can learn about the children in need digitally and shop for them from the comfort of their home office. This year, many of the children are asking for basic necessities rather than the toy requests from years past, a sobering reminder of the realities of 2020.
Week 3, we’ll celebrate our Equity for All pillar. Our LGBTQ+ Business Resource Group (BRG), Spectrum, partnered with Metro Inclusive Health for a food and hygiene drive to support their customers. In lieu of a typical on-site goods drive, they created an online shopping wish list through RightGift and will coordinate a drive-thru drop-off at Tech Data’s headquarters.
While the 4th Week of December begins holiday vacation for many colleagues, this year will be markedly different with less ability for many to spend special days of celebration with their loved ones. So for our last Season of Giving week, dedicated to Health and Wellness, we will encourage our colleagues to work with Cards for Hospitalized Kids, United Way Suncoast‘s virtual volunteering, and Color a Smile. Through these organizations, we can send virtual and physical tidings to our hospital- or nursing-home-bound neighbors.
While we are all excited to flip the calendar to 2021, there is still much we can do in the final days of 2020. Thank you for all your contributions to our Season of Giving, and let’s embrace the warmth and joy that comes from giving back to those in need.
About the Author:
Jill Kermes is the Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications for Tech Data’s global organization. She is responsible for Tech Data’s company voice, including internal communications, public relations, social media and global responsibility.