Gartner associates have a long history of contributing to the communities around them. In recognition of Global Volunteer Month, our global associates took time to help others impacted by the current challenging environment due to COVID-19.
London and Egham, U.K.
London associates ran a Virtual Pub Quiz in March, the first-ever event of its kind. Hosts Alex Smith, Business Development Director, and Beth Buckland, Senior Account Management Specialist, led teams to raise a donation for the National Health Service (NHS)-focused charities. In addition, a group of Egham associates brought color to the NHS. They have repurposed Gartner Winners Circle towels and they’ve donated them to a group sewing colorful scrubs for NHS workers. Read more about these great initiatives in this BBC article.
The Portland Women at Gartner chapter encouraged associates to volunteer or donate to causes they supported. These initiatives were shared in the Social Distancing Edition of W@G(Women at Gartner) PDX ZINE and included:
- Instructions on how to make a face mask for healthcare personnel and a database of organizations who needed masks.
- A bead donation in support of WomenHeart: National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease and the Black Women’s Health Imperative.
In late February, when awareness of Coronavirus was starting to spread, Mumbai associates jumped in to help educate children in Snehasadan, a non-profit home for homeless children. Using video, conversation, and demonstration, they shared best practice tips on hygiene and sanitation. While there, associates also took the time to offer tips on boards/academics to help with upcoming final exams and joined the kids to play some cricket.
“We knew our visit was really successful when we saw kids washing their hands and legs after we played cricket with them and then starting their snacks,” commended Saili Sawant, Contracts Support Assistant, Mumbai.
The Gurgaon Corporate Social Responsibility committee partnered with Donate an Hour (DoaR) to feed communities in need of supplies. With earmarked funds, the team funded purchases of dry rations, food, and needed groceries which DoaR then distributed to areas verified as in need.
Responding to the city of Stamford’s call for volunteers, Ellen Carey, Senior Director, User Experience Research, Stamford, jumped into volunteer with the Stamford Public Education Foundation to help hand out meals to families at a local elementary school.
Ellen commented, “The parents and kids are so grateful and it’s clear there is a need for this in every community. I know helping families during this time is so essential. It keeps me focused on the need to remember I am part of a community – and it’s not just about me. Being able to help someone else has made a world of difference for me in terms of keeping perspective.”
As Gartner’s global footprint continues to expand, our associates are encouraged to make a positive impact in their local communities. Learn more about our culture, employee resource groups and community engagement efforts here.