We have all felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and, not surprisingly, Oracle's Focus on Environment initiative felt them, too. At the beginning of 2020, Oracle was gearing up for an action-packed Focus on Environment, for the first time ever spanning two months, March and April. Unfortunately, by mid-March employee-led Oracle Volunteering projects planned for March and April were being postponed or canceled, like so many gatherings and activities around the world.
The good news: Oracle Volunteers are passionate about the environment and were taking action even before Focus on Environment began. In February, Oracle Volunteers teamed up with Going to School and students to form a group nearly 200-strong, and they cleaned up Juhu Beach in Mumbai, India. Early in March, Oracle Volunteers in Bangaluru, India, and SayTrees got together to care for more than 650 saplings.
In the US, Austin-based volunteers from the Oracle Pride Employee Network (OPEN) planted flowers to beautify a safe house for LGBT youth. In Dania Beach, Oracle Volunteers pulled weeds and harvested produce at an urban farm that provides low-cost, nutritious food to the local community. Down under, volunteers in Sydney participated in a micro plastic mapping and beach cleanup alongside Clean up Australia, SailGP, and AUSMAP.
These projects are just a few of the many that employees had planned for Focus on Environment. Let them be an example of the ways we can take action for a healthy planet, not only during Focus on Environment, but all year long. We are proud of our employees’ resiliency and adaptability. Many are working closely with our nonprofit partners to redesign and reschedule projects for the future, while guarding the health of our communities.
There are also opportunities to create virtual Oracle Volunteering projects. Oracle employees are looking for ways to support their communities through virtual reading corners at the library, online tutoring opportunities through local schools, and virtual visitor programs with a senior center. Resiliency and adaptability are qualities we need to nurture for ourselves and for our planet. So, here’s to rolling up our sleeves, getting sand in our shoes, coding the solution, brainstorming the outreach plan, tending the saplings, and all the other things Oracle employees help environmental nonprofits do—not only in March and April, but all year long.