At Gartner, we believe in uplifting the local communities we live and work in. Our Global Community Engagement Program encourages associates to choose how, when and where they get involved. Whether it’s volunteering at a local organization, contributing to a charitable cause or providing assistance in times of financial need, members of the Gartner team give back.
Throughout the year, members of the Gartner team in 38 countries across the globe gave back and volunteered in their local communities. Interested in learning more? Take a look at how our team got involved in 2019 below.
We kicked off 2019 by holding a Raspberry Pi Jam in January. Several Gartner associates hosted the educational session in our Egham office for their colleagues and local community members to learn about technology. Attendees learned how to code computer programs, wire electronic devices that make small robots move and make LED lights flash using electronic circuitry without coding.
Our Mosaic at Gartner employee resource group (ERG) leading multiple events throughout the month of February, including community service events, educational and speaking engagements, and clothing, hygiene-kit and blood drives focused on supporting individuals from underrepresented races, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds, helping to ensure our associates are engaged in the global community.
In March, associates celebrated International Women’s Day in several of our global offices. Led by the Women at Gartner ERG, associates organized 78 events in 20+ offices around the globe, which included collaborating with organizations such as Dress for Success in the U.S. and SmartWorks in the U.K.
Several Gartner teams joined the global community to celebrate Earth Day in April by volunteering to clean up local parks and focusing on promoting sustainability efforts. Members of our New York City office spent some time refreshing an existing garden in the Bronx in partnership with GrowNYC.
In May, the Veterans at Gartner chapter in Fort Myers, Florida, made an impact on its local community while showing support for local veterans. The group spent a day cleaning up a local cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day services. Associates also volunteered at Community Cooperative, an organization focused on eliminating hunger and homelessness in Florida’s Lee County. Take a look at the team’s recap of the day here.
Throughout the month of June, associates around the globe came together to celebrate Pride month, supporting members of LGBTQ+ community and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Take a look at the group’s global activities in 2019 here.
In the spirit of team collaboration and giving back to their beloved city of Detroit, members of the Global Technology Sales team in Michigan organized a community service day in July. The team chose to support Humble Design, a nonprofit that furnishes homes for those emerging from homelessness in Detroit, Chicago, San Diego and Seattle.
Throughout the month of August, Gartner associates observed Diversity Awareness Month by hosting several events to celebrate our differences as well as the similarities that unite us. Below is a look at how associates from several of our offices celebrated diversity and gave back to their local communities, in partnership with our four ERGs.
September brought an extra focus on giving back. Our associates led many volunteer events to kick off the holiday season, including preparing food packages at the Capital Area Food Bank, cleaning up beaches in Toronto, Canada, and donating hygiene items to those in need in Brazil.
Traditionally celebrated in India with gatherings, food and charity, this year Diwali was celebrated by associates across the globe in October. Associates partnered with several charities to host fundraisers and volunteer locally. These charities included Masoom Duniya, Khwaab, Unnati, Jwala India, The WordsWorth Project, Goonj and Little Drops.
Throughout the month of November, Gartner associates came together to show their support for the veteran community by participating in the 22 Challenge, which raises awareness for the mental health of veterans and transitioning military members. Our Arlington, Virginia, chapter of Veterans at Gartner joined volunteers of Honor Flight, a nonprofit network that flies veterans for free to Washington, D.C., to visit veteran memorials. Associates were invited to welcome World War II and Korean War veterans at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
To kick off the season of giving, Gartner associates from around the world organized several events in December. Many collected donations for local Goodwill chapters, as other associates ran a food drive for the North Texas Food Bank, organized a fundraiser for the Sleep Walk for Shelter, donated food and toys to the Dallas Humane Society, coordinated an “adopt-a-family” event with the Kinship Family Institute, and spread holiday cheer for the residents of the Vinson Retirement Community in Arlington.
At Gartner, we are never finished. We are a culture of continuous improvement, and will continue to expand these efforts in 2020 and beyond. Learn more about our company culture and join the Gartner team here.