Vectorworks Employees Get Excited About Community Service

Posted by Kamica Price on 6/22/18 10:24 AM  |  3 min read time

At Vectorworks, we believe in taking time to give back to the communities we call home. Our community service program is structured to do this, both here and in the UK.

20180323_130628Employees smile after a successful meal packing event for Meals on Wheels.

“This year, we began providing our employees with dedicated volunteer time each year,” said Colleen McLoughlin, human resource specialist at Vectorworks. “It’s been wonderful to see how different teams throughout the company have made a difference by supporting various community organizations.”

The organizations we’ve supported with volunteer time so far include Meals on Wheels, Bridges to Housing Stability, and more. Here is a recap of some of our recent community service projects.  

Employees in our UK office chose to help the Grenfell community rebuild after a devastating tragedy. In May, they rolled up their sleeves to help rebuild a city center destroyed by the June 2017 fire at Grenfell Tower. Their efforts were part of a larger project documented for the television series DIY SOS.

3UK Vectorworks employees (from l-r) Domas, Amisha, and Leianne pose in front of BBC’s DIY SOS truck.

The employees moved objects around at the construction site, maintained the site for construction workers lifting unwanted material, plastered the walls, and helped motivate the team.

Because of their hard work and perseverance, a brand new multi-space community center was built for all residents to enjoy.

“This was an amazing opportunity and thoroughly rewarding for my colleagues and me to get involved and give back,” said Amisha Carribon, volunteer coordinator and sales program manager in the UK.

7UK team members on the site for the Grenfell rebuild project.

5UK members Domas and Amisha smile after a productive day at the site.

Meanwhile, Kristin Bailey and Chiffonia Lloyd, coordinators of the community service program in our Columbia, Maryland office, continue to bring new volunteer opportunities for employees to get involved. 

One of our most successful efforts to date was the holiday gift wrapping event we hosted last December. During the holiday season, employees were asked to donate a game to give to families being helped by Bridges to Housing Stability. Overall, employees donated almost 80 games for players of all different ages.

20171215_132248Phaby and Miriam (l-r) smile as they begin to wrap presents on behalf of Bridges to Housing Stability. 

But we didn’t stop there. We also donated time to wrap other gifts Bridges had received from donors.

20171215_132328Another Vectorworks employee, Liz, participating in the holiday gift wrapping event. 

More recently, employees participated in an Earth Day cleanup in April, an Adopt-a-Road cleanup in May, and a Meals on Wheels event in June. This July, we are looking forward to volunteering for the 9th year at The National Association of Landscape Professionals’ Renewal and Remembrance event at Arlington National Cemetery.  

AdoptARoad_May2018Employees pose next to the Vectorworks sign on Old Dobbin Road after a cleanup.

“The goal over the course of the year is to offer a variety of activities,” said Bailey. “We want as many people as possible to have a chance to give back to the community. And we are off to a great start!”

We are always glad to take time to give back!

Topics: Adopt-A-Road program, NALP, Renewal and Remembrance, Arlington National Cemetery, community service, Bridges to Housing Stability, Earth Day Cleanup, US Vectorworks Employees, Meals on Wheels, DIY SOS, Kristin Bailey, BBC, UK Vectorworks Employees, Amisha Carribon, Chiffonia Lloyd

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