This Thanksgiving, we hope you had the chance to reflect on everything you are grateful for. To kick the season off, a Worksgiving is a must — together as a team, we cooked up a storm in the office kitchen and sat down to a feast that kept us fed for the rest of the week! For those looking for fun times who have an office kitchen, give everyone a task and get cooking! Just make sure you have enough pie. There’s no such thing as too much pie.
Between the bird, the sweets, the pizza, and the amazing company, we found a must-have tradition. Why not do the same with your office this holiday season? Bonus points: ask everyone coming to this holiday gathering to bring a nonperishable food item that you can donate to a local food drive.
TLDR; Cooking and eating together is even more meaningful if we are able to intentionally find a way to also make an impact on our community.
In addition to participating in a food drive, we are also ensuring there are devoted timeframes to use our volunteer time off perks, and a place like GivePulse to find one-time, ongoing, and probono opportunities.
Below are a few of us spending time educating festival-goers to recycle. It’s always great to see one another outside of our daily work routines, while simultaneously doing good and having a blast. If you need volunteer ideas for yourself or team or want to learn how to implement community engagement at your company or organization, let us know how we can help!
In addition to food drives or volunteering, another opportunity is to engage folks to donate during Giving Tuesday (today!), celebrated annually on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Since the first Giving Tuesday in 2012, this occasion has garnered international support. Last year, 400,000,000 dollars (you read that right!) were donated in the United States. This came from 3,600,000 individual gifts. Why not encourage everyone in your office to donate this Giving Tuesday as well?
The holiday season is just starting and we are excited to keep the fun going with our winter retreat in the next week— stay tuned for a wrap-up of this retreat! We are excited to sing some carols, come up with resolutions for ourselves and for GivePulse in the new decade, and of course, to eat lots of food.
Let us know if you are going to bring your office together using any of these ideas this holiday season! Enjoy a healthy, heartwarming, and joyful start to your December.