Giving back has been a priority of Twitter’s since the company started over 11 years ago. While there are often employees out volunteering in our local communities, twice a year we have company-wide #TwitterForGood Days. During our Fall #TwitterForGood Days, teams from around the world came together to partner with organizations that are integral to bettering our communities. From meal preparation to digital literacy classes, from urban clean up and youth empowerment initiatives and more, Twitter staff teamed up with nonprofits that dedicate themselves to doing incredible work locally and impacting the world in a positive, tangible way.
Here’s a snapshot of some of the ways our employees spent the time across the globe We’ve also captured it all in this short Twitter Moment.
Visit to Sydney Tower Eye with Barnardos Australia (Sydney)
The @TwitterAU team kicked off #TwitterForGoodDay in partnership with @Barnadors_Aus, which supports families and children in need. They prepared emergency overnight kits, and helped organize an after-school visit to the Sydney Tower Eye, including the internal observation deck and the 4D experience.
National Council of Social Services' MESH Network (Singapore)
@TwitterSG hosted and participated in a workshop with 100 member organisations of the MESH Network (@NCSSSingapore), which comprises of volunteer welfare organisations, social outreach groups, and educational institutions,all working together to protect and empower youth online. Participants shared their experiences and ongoing efforts to counter abusive behaviour online, help youth develop empathy, to promote a deeper understanding of diverse viewpoints, and to reinforce positive digital citizenship.
Visit to Woomyun Social Welfare Center (Seoul)
@TwitterKorea visited the Woomyun Social Welfare Center (@woomyun21), a major community center dedicated to serving the region's elderly, disabled persons, single-family households, and low-income youths since 1994. The team partnered with senior volunteers, delivering and serving lunch boxes to over 140 households.
#ChildrensDay with @TwitterIndia
As a part of #TwitterForGood, @TwitterIndia celebrated #ChildrensDay. Teams across our Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore offices worked with humanitarian organizations (@UdayFoundation) and education nonprofits (@Akanksha_India, Dream Foundation) to encourage kids to be creative and express themselves freely. Volunteers also had the opportunity to hear what the children want their future to look like. We also hosted a live Periscope broadcast via @TwitterIndia in the afternoon with medical experts and community activists to discuss the impact of air pollution on children and the way forward.
Reporters Without Borders (Paris)
Our Paris office worked with Reporters Without Borders (@RSF_inter), an organisation dedicated to the preservation of freedom of expression and freedom of the press.The day started with an introductory session on the challenges facing the organisation and an overview of campaigns it’s currently running. One group of the team called members of the organisation which subscription has expired to renew it, and the other group was in the street either looking for new members to join the NGO or launching their new SMS donation system so encouraging people to send an SMS to raise funds for the organisation.
Following the fires (Madrid)
After all the summer fires @TwitterEspana collaborated with @BSostenibles in order to seed 200 trees in the Sierra de Gredos area, situated at the North of Madrid. In its commitment to take care of the environment, the Twitter Spain team devoted an entire morning to reforest a devastated area in 2009 planting around 150 pine trees that will contribute to offset CO2 emissions in the coming years.
Packing Care Kits for The Peter McVerry Trust (Dublin)
In the aftermath of Storms Ophelia and Brian, charities working to alleviate homelessness are running low on much-needed supplies for their shelters and on-the-ground efforts. @TwitterDublin acquired vital supplies and packed them into care kits to close this gap. These care kits were donated to the Peter McVerry Trust (@PMVTrust), one of the most respected charities in working to prevent homelessness in Ireland.
Twitter Dublin and UNICEF Ireland: Digital Literacy Event (Dublin)
@TwitterDublin hosted UNICEF Ireland (@unicefireland) and 50 high school students for a special all-day event focused on digital literacy and active citizenship. students were taught how to verify information sources, safeguard their online reputation and break down digital divides. They heard from inspiring young people who have used online platforms to advocate for causes they believe in.
Twitter for Good and Trinity College, Dublin Impact Nest (Dublin)
Our Dublin office also teamed up with Trinity College, Dublin (@TCDublin), to offer 50 participants an in-depth day of classes and seminars on how to take your business to the next level. We also focused on how Twitter can be an indispensable tool for networking and building a personal brand. The participants were all returners to education, with most either taking a career pivot or in the idea stage of their own entrepreneurial venture.
This was the first in a series of events from the Impact Nest, a new project built and developed by a cross-functional team at Twitter Dublin. The Impact Nest aims to inspire a new generation of business builders across four key areas of the Irish startup ecosystem: idea stage, unwaged, Series A, and social entrepreneurs.
League Education and Treatment Center (New York)
One group of volunteers in New York spent the day at the League Education and Treatment Center (@leaguecenter), one of the largest treatment centers in New York State for their Fall Festival. They helped organize activities including craft stations, reading corners, games, a pumpkin patch and more fun fall activities.
Project Renewal Culinary Arts Training (New York)
Volunteers also joined @ProjectRenewal’s Culinary Arts Training Program, which offers 6-months of classroom and internship training in the foodservice industry to formerly homeless adults with histories of addiction. Over this time, participants are taught basic cooking theory and food preparation in their teaching kitchen and receive help to find jobs in the foodservice industry. Twitter employees spent the morning with the course participants” to refine their cooking skills, while also helping the organization pack and deliver meals on-site.
Operation Warm Coat Distribution (New York)
Operation Warm (@OperationWarm) is a nonprofit which provides new winter coats to children. Some Twitter employees in New York spent the afternoon helped the organization organize and distribute the jackets, while helping the kids find the best coats for them.
Operation Warm provides brand-new winter coats, helping improve self-confidence, peer acceptance, school attendance, and overall wellness.
National Mall Scavenger Hunt (Washington, DC)
@TwitterDC spent the afternoon with After-school All-Stars, a nonprofit that partners with low-income, inner city schools. @ASAS_DC provides comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school — and in life. The DC team helped local Middle Schoolers build problem-solving skills and encourage teamwork by leading students through a scavenger hunt at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
This year, After-school All-Stars received an advertising grant through our #AdsForGood pro-bono program, which allocates advertising grants to nonprofits. This grant will help the organization with their end of year appeal, to raise more awareness for the needs of inner city schools in Washington, DC.
Repainting Lawndale Community Academy (Chicago)
@TwitterChicago spent their day helping out at Lawndale Community Academy, a Chicago Public School, by re-painting hallways across the school.
There With Care Cereal Box Drive (Boulder)
@TwitterBoulder partnered with There With Care (@ThereWithCare) for a cereal box drive. There with Care provides a wide range of thoughtful and fundamental services to low income families during the critical phase of a medical crisis for one of their children. Cereal plays a critical role as a go-to snack for families with children who are travelling back and forth from the hospital.
The holidays represent a particularly difficult time; many families simply don’t have the resources to do a ‘traditional’ holiday meal because they have focused all of their time and energy on their child who is fighting for their life. The @TwitterBoulder office is also fundraising for, purchasing, and delivering much needed holiday meals and gifts to five large There With Care families for Thanksgiving and the Holiday season.
From meal preparation, helping out at senior centers to mock interview preparation and more, approximately 1,500 hours were volunteers across 34 projects in the San Francisco area.
Meal preparation with Glide (San Francisco)
This year we worked with Glide to provide meals to those affected by the North Bay Fires. Over 100 employees volunteered with Glide, preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner, which helped the organization provide 1,500 additional meals to communities in Santa Rosa.
Glide’s daily free meals program is the only one in San Francisco to provide three nutritious meals a day, 364 days a year, to the city's poor, homeless and hungry. They began serving meals in 1969 as a volunteer-run potluck for 50, and now serve on average 2,163 meals a day with the help of 30 kitchen and security staff and thousands of volunteers each year.
Harm Reduction Kits (San Francisco)
We also partnered with Glide to assemble harm reduction kits that support access to safe syringes. Volunteers learned more about Glide’s work in this field, and about HIV/Hep C Services
Toronto Humane Society (Toronto)
The Toronto Humane Society promotes the humane care and protection of animals, and works to prevent cruelty and suffering. They work in partnership with the community to find creative solutions and improve outcomes for all animals. @TwitterCanada recieved a tour, packaged together pet food, and most importantly, got to meet the animals.
@TwitterCanada also teamed up with Social Planning Toronto to provide a Twitter For Nonprofits workshop. Social Planning Toronto is a community organization that works to improve equity, social justice, and quality of life in Toronto through community capacity building, education and advocacy, policy research and analysis, and social reporting. The workshop helped participants learn how to better use Twitter in this work throughout the city.
Meal preparation and delivery with @YaRespondiste (México City)
@YaRespondiste is nonprofit committed to raising awareness around health causes, by addressing the need for more solidarity between private corporations and the communities they work in. They facilitate visits to public hospitals, meal deliveries and educate volunteers on the importance of blood donations in hopes of reducing stigma and false information on what continues to be a controversial subject.
@TwitterLatAm (Mexico Office) held a fireside chat from Ya Respondiste around the value of corporate blood drives, and jointly prepared and delivered over 300 meals on 4 public hospitals in Mexico City.