By Teryll Hopper, Manager, Oracle Volunteering & Corporate Citizenship Operations
2019 has been an epic year for Oracle Volunteering! Thirty-four thousand Oracle employees donated nearly 125,000 hours of their time and talent during 1,500 projects in 48 countries. Many of these projects were environmentally focused as Oracle employees are passionate about this planet and the life it sustains. Learn more in this Oracle Volunteering video.
We’re thrilled to announce that our annual Focus on Environment initiative will expand to two months, March-April, starting in 2020.
Below are just a few examples of how employees partnered with environmental nonprofits on projects to restore habitats, plant trees, clean up beaches and parklands, protect wildlife, and more in 2019.
San Francisco Bay Area – Headquarters
In Sausalito, California, Oracle Volunteers organized the fish kitchen and cleaned pinniped pools at The Marine Mammal Center, a nonprofit advancing global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education. In San Mateo and Half Moon Bay, California, Oracle Volunteers tackled the urgent problem of marine debris head-on, cleaning beaches with the California Coastal Commission and Pacific Beach Coalition.
In Tokyo, Japan, Oracle Volunteers spent time outdoors tending to community flowerbeds outside our office in collaboration with Aoyama Town Association. In Bangalore, India, more than 130 new hires planted trees with the Rotary Bangalore, while in Mumbai, Oracle Volunteers participated in a massive beach cleanup with WWF India.
Europe, Middle East and Africa
In Busteni, Romania, Oracle Volunteers ventured outdoors to clean up Bucegi Natural Park with Fundatia SinVi. In Dublin, Ireland, Oracle Volunteers supported the Department of Culture, Recreation and Economic Services, by clearing out rubbish from Fairview Park. In Lagos, Nigeria, employees celebrated World Oceans Day by participating in a beach cleanup with Mental and Environmental Development Initiative for Children (MEDIC).
In Santiago, Chile, Oracle Volunteers teamed up with Fundacion Inspira to build out a healing garden for patients of a local hospital. In Puchuncaví, employees rallied together to clean up the coastline with Sea Shepard Chile.
In Santa Monica, California, more than 175 Oracle Volunteers headed to the beach to remove plastic and other debris with Heal the Bay. In Austin, Texas, employees got busy in Pease Park removing litter and cleaning up the shores of Shoal Creek. In Boulder, Colorado, Oracle Volunteers maintained and reconstructed trails with the city’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Department.
At Oracle, we know there is much work to be done, and we remain committed to building a resilient future for our planet, for humanity, and for future generations. We are proud of the role Oracle Volunteers played to better the environment this year and look forward to next year.