April is National Volunteer Month. It’s a time to shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve, and that includes Oracle employees around the world.
While traditional in-person volunteering at Oracle has been paused temporarily in the interest of health and safety, employees were quick to pivot to new ways of making a difference.
From buying groceries for homebound seniors to crafting handmade cards for health workers, from sewing facemasks to donating blood, there is no shortage of examples of how employees are making a difference in their communities this month.
Here are just a few recent examples of our employees’ kindness, creativity, and generosity.
Virtual Volunteering with Nonprofits
In the past few weeks, Oracle Volunteers have launched virtual volunteering projects to support nonprofits and schools in their communities. One such project includes a speed interviewing program with Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation, where Oracle employees conduct a series of short mock job interviews with high school students. Another engages Oracle Volunteers as subject matter experts assisting students in online coding classes with The Walls Project. In India, employees led a session on privacy and security for nonprofits that are navigating the challenge of moving their operations online (pictured above). And in Japan, Oracle Volunteers teamed up with Oracle Pride Employee Network (OPEN) and Good Aging Yells to host a speaker series to bring awareness to the discrimination faced by transgender people as part of International Transgender Day of Visibility.
Supporting Front Line Workers
In this time of need, employees have been using their skills to create Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and helping others do the same. Oracle Volunteers in Mexico, Australia, and Japan are hosting virtual sessions on how to sew face masks. An employee based in Boulder, Colorado is using a 3D printer to create PPE for Northern Colorado Healthcare facilities in need. In Santa Clara, California and New Orleans, Louisiana, the Oracle Education Foundation and Oracle Volunteers have teamed up to run 3D printers round the clock, printing parts for face shields, which, once assembled and sanitized, are being distributed to the local first responders who wouldn’t have PPE otherwise (pictured right). And online, Oracle Volunteers are writing letters of thanks and solidarity for Operation Gratitude, which will send these letters to health workers on the frontlines.
Acts of Kindness in the Community
Volunteers have also been responding to the unique needs present in their communities today. In Spain, employees combat loneliness and isolation by making calls to local elderly citizens to share conversations, laughs, and stories. Oracle Volunteers in India and Italy put together virtual meditation and mindfulness sessions to promote wellness among fellow employees and the greater community. In Indonesia, one employee set up an online learning system for schools to make sure that students could continue their studies virtually. Around the world, employees are caring for their neighbors in need by picking up groceries and running errands. And online, employees have turned to the MyGiving program to donate to nonprofit organizations providing critical services in this time of crisis.
Through acts of kindness big and small, Oracle Volunteers make a difference where they live and work and make us #ProudtobeOracle every day. Whether in person, on Zoom, or through a phone call, volunteering is evolving and adapting. This National Volunteer Month, we hope you feel inspired to give back and do good—in whatever form that takes for you.
Each year, tens of thousands of Oracle Volunteers lead and participate in projects that advance education, protect the environment, and strengthen communities. Whether it’s coaching students, planting trees, or organizing food drives, Oracle Volunteers are committed to serving others.