Learn about recent charitable initiatives from global Gartner offices
May, June and July were busy months for Global Community Engagement at Gartner, with associates from around the world donating their time to contribute to their communities. Read on to learn more about some of the local charitable efforts Gartner associates have been involved with over the past few months.
On 26 June, the Gartner Research Board team in Fort Myers, Florida braved the heat to help students who attend the Joseph H. Messina Child Care Center by building mud kitchens for each of their outdoor play areas. The Messina Center is part of Child Care of Southwest Florida, a non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen and enhance the lives of children and their families.
The Mud Kitchen Project involved repurposing wooden pallets to build three mud kitchens – outdoor play structures that allow children to play with things found in nature – to complement the existing community garden in which children are a part of planting, caring for, harvesting and learning about how the things they grow contribute to a healthy body and mind.
When asked how the project impacted the center, Director Tammy Aronson replied, “We were so thrilled to have the Gartner Research Board group volunteer to make mud kitchens for our preschool playgrounds. Having this feature really adds to the opportunities for sensory experiences.”
As the center’s staff were thanking the team for their hard work, Ed Zumar, a Membership Director for the Gartner Research Board, replied “I think we are the ones rewarded. Thank you for letting us be a small part of a wonderful experience for those kids.”
The inaugural NYC Gartner Research Board Service Day took place on Monday, 7 May in the Bronx, New York. The team collaborated with Grow NYC, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving New Yorkers’ lives through environmental programs that transform communities and secure safe and healthy areas for all.
Dozens of associates joined together to build a community garden at New York City Housing Authority’s Melrose Houses and Bronxworks Classic Center. Breakout groups worked together to construct picnic tables, gardening boxes, and benches and filled the boxes with soil for planting. The gardening plots will now be available to residents of the housing development to plant their own fresh vegetables and herbs, while the rest of the park will provide a public green space for the community.
Nihal Bhujle, MVP Resesarch Board Strategy, Analytics, and Communications reflected, “TheGrowNYC folks worked us hard. I left the site covered in sawdust, dirt and sweat. I was amazed to see what the team was able to accomplish in a single day and glad to be giving something meaningful back to our fellow New Yorkers.”
To see the full space transformation, we invite you to view a full time-lapse video of the day’s accomplishments here.
Boston Associates Raise Money for Children’s Hospital
On 21 June, 13 associates from Gartner’s Boston office ran in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. It was a sold-out crowd of 8,840 runners and walkers from 343 companies. Congratulations to Mark Atwood and Christie Briggs, Gartner’s fastest male and female runners.
The 5K race began on Boston Common, taking runners through the Back Bay neighborhood and looping past the landmark Citgo sign in Fenway before finishing back on the Common. The event was filled with a sense of camaraderie – between colleagues and other Boston-area companies.
For the second consecutive year, The Every Child Fund at Boston Children’s Hospital was the local charity beneficiary. Funds provided to The Every Child Fund will help propel research and help provide compassionate care to every family who comes through the doors of Boston Children’s Hospital, easing their burden and covering services for which insurance won’t pay.
On 4 July, one of the UK’s hottest days of the year, the EMEA Enterprise IT Leaders Leadership Client Managers from Gartner’s Egham Office took part in the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, running more than 5k through Battersea Park. The team braved the heat and raised more than £800 for the British Heart Foundation, the biggest funder of cardiovascular research in the UK, in honor of Gartner Associate Roger A. Cox who passed in April of this year. All donations will be matched through the Gartner Gives gift-matching program.
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