“Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it.” ―Albert Schweitzer
These sentiments underly everything we do in the Oracle Volunteering program. Every day, we support employees to design and implement projects to advance education, protect the environment, and strengthen communities.
Today, we celebrate Oracle Volunteers as part of International Volunteer Day (IVD).
Established by the United Nations in 1985, IVD applauds volunteers and their commitment to serving diverse communities and causes. This year, the theme of IVD is “volunteer for an inclusive future,” which highlights volunteerism that promotes equality and inclusion.
What does it look like when volunteerism fosters inclusivity? It looks like Oracle Volunteers marching in the San Francisco Pride Parade. It looks like Oracle Volunteers serving hot meals and helping those in need access clean socks and warm coats in Santa Monica, New York, and Bucharest. It looks like volunteers listening to children read a book for the first time in Kuala Lumpur. It also looks like volunteers helping students in Bangalore envision a brighter future by pursuing a career in technology.
Volunteering also has the power to foster inclusivity amongst peers. The Oracle Volunteering program provides employees with opportunities to create deeper connections with members of their team, colleagues from other parts of the business, and their local community.
In Redwood Shores, new hires bonded with their team in Oracle Legal by packing activity kits for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. These kits bring comfort and provide a creative outlet for children seeking medical care. In London, employees from across the business mounted their bicycles for the Palace to Palace ride raising funds to support job training for vulnerable youth. In Tokyo, Oracle Volunteers roll up their sleeves for a half-day every month to tend flowerbeds that are enjoyed by the greater community.
Around the globe, you’ll find Oracle Volunteers lending a hand to support those in need where they live and work. In 2019, nearly 34,000 employees led and participated in 1,500 projects—an increase of 8,000 volunteers from last year. Today, we celebrate these volunteers and look forward to seeing how the Oracle Volunteering program makes the world an even better and more inclusive place in 2020.