At Twitter, we care deeply about improving the communities we work and live in. That’s why twice a year, thousands of our employees participate in various charity, philanthropic, and community-based projects as part of our #TwitterForGood global initiatives.
Our latest #TwitterForGood Day took place in November and saw 1,600 Twitter employees commit more than 4,740 hours of service in 22 cities around the world. From Dubai to Dublin and Sydney to Sao Paulo, volunteers served meals, taught STEM skills to school children, cleaned parks, and much more!
Check out how Twitter employees around the world spent the day by scrolling down for updates!
Twitter Australia (@TwitterAU) prepared meals in partnership with Our Big Kitchen (@OurBigKitchen), a community-run, industrial kitchen in the heart of Sydney. Through food rescue programs like SecondBite and Foodbank, OBK minimises food waste by turning fresh produce into a home cooked meal. By providing a place where people from all walks of life can connect through doing good, volunteers spent the afternoon with the OBK team to prepare and cook meals for distribution to shelters across the state, which support families in need.
Twitter employees in Jakarta partnered with Girls in Tech Indonesia (@girlsintechID) to share best practices and provide practical workshops on how to “listen, inspire, find, and engage” on Twitter and connect with various online communities; including sharing insights and tips about content creation to increase presence on the platform.
Twitter Philippines (@TwitterPH) partnered with Mental Health Philippines (@mentalhealthph) and Dr. Gia Sison (@giasison) in Manila to host an event to create awareness about mental health. The conversation took place on Twitter’s Q&A VIT app, where questions were asked and discussed both offline and online. The hashtag #AskDocG was used to drive conversation around this important discussion.
There were approximately 50 people in attendance for #TwitterForGood day, including NGO partners, the public, and Twitter employees. This event was a great opportunity to highlight the launch of #ThereIsHelp, a notification service on Twitter which provides valuable mental health resources to vulnerable people, and encourages them to reach out and get help when they need it.
Twitter Korea (@TwitterKorea) partnered with the Hansol Social Welfare Center (@hansolwf) to provide meal services to senior citizens, embodying the #TwitterForGood spirit in the holiday season. At the onset of the day, the Center’s Head, buddhist monk Kasup (@kasupmaha), highlighted how the Center is actively leveraging the power of Twitter in sharing and promoting the philanthropic efforts at the local district level in the city of Seongnam. Team Korea delivered a total of 100 lunch boxes and served 200 special meals to the elderly. Major shout out to the dishwasher team of five Twitter volunteers that spared no effort in ensuring the smooth running of the kitchen!
Twitter Singapore (@TwitterSG) kick started #TwitterforGood Day at Food Bank Singapore’s warehouse. Twitter employees helped with stocktaking, packing and storing of food donations received by Food Bank Singapore. Food Bank Singapore’s mission is to bridge the gap in the market by collecting surplus food in the market and providing it to people and organizations in need of food.
Twitter Singapore also partnered with Roses of Peace (@rosesofpeace), a youth-driven organization that fosters a culture of interfaith appreciation in Singapore by building bridges between diverse communities. Twitter Singapore hosted underprivileged youth for an afternoon, many of whom had never visited a tech company. Volunteers teamed up to teach youth how to code. We also conducted a digital literacy session, teaching these youth how to be safe on Twitter.
A range of #TwitterForGood initiatives took place at TwitterJapan (@TwitterJapan) in the lead up to #TwitterForGood Day. Employees partnered with Doctors without Borders (@MSFJapan) and visited elementary schools to teach a class on the value of ones’ lives and the significance of the work of the international NGO.
Some employees played futsal with teenagers who are part of Tracos (@NPO_TRACOS). Tracos is a long-term partner of ours and provides futsal trainings for those who have disabilities. Twitter volunteers visited the office of Rebit (@Re_Bit) and helped assemble their teaching materials’ kit on diversity focusing on LGBTQ issues for elementary school pupils and junior high school students on 22 November. While volunteering, Twitter volunteers were also able to learn about LGBTQ issues, which was certainly a valuable experience for them.
Additionally, on December 6th, approximately a third of Japanese employees participated in the most popular community clean-up activity with Chuo Ward (@chuo_city).
@TwitterIndia partnered with LetMeBreathe (@LetMeBreathe_In) to build floating wetlands, an eco-friendly and cost-effective method to clean one of the oldest bodies of water, Hauz Khas Lake in Delhi that dates back to the 14th century. India Tweeps came together to create two wetlands or islands from scratch using recycled bottles and coir that are designed to function as a self-sustaining ecosystem and clean the lake by soaking-up all the pollutants. Named as Tweet and Retweet, the islands will not only support revival of the lake but also function as a habitat for migratory birds.
Twitter Dublin (@TwitterDublin) employees put their pedals to the metal on #TwitterForGood Day as they kicked off a 600km #CycleForGood, travelling the equivalent of the distance from Malin Head to Mizen Head (the length of Ireland), to raise funds for the housing and homelessness charity Peter McVerry Trust (@PMVTrust). Employees in Dublin set a fundraising target of €10,000 for the #HomesForGood campaign by the end of 2019, with the funds going towards support services for those who have recently been housed by theTrust. They raised a whopping €11,181 in total so far. The office activities were included in radio broadcasts around the country spreading the #TwitterForGood message.
Other #TwitterForGood initiatives which took place throughout the day, included welcoming a group of school children who learned about careers and digital literacy skills. Delegates from a number of Irish charities and NGOs also joined employees for training and to learn more about Twitter best practices. Employees also hosted a #WelcomeHomeStarterKits making session, filling kits with donated items like, washing powder, cleaning products as well as coffee mugs & coffee, to get those moving into their new homes with Peter McVerry Trust off to a great start. Other fundraising activities including Christmas wreath making, a ‘Twizzle’ table quiz, and a leadership auction.
Twitter UK (@TwitterUK) hosted a range of #TwitterForGood activities throughout the month of November. These included a charity bake sale for Housing for Women, and a gift drive for AgeUK (@ageukwest) Westminster’s Christmas dinner. Some employees also spent a day with Dogs Trust (@dogstrust), the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, where they assisted by spending time with the dogs), making snuffle mats, filling kongs, and sorting donations.
Later in the month, employees volunteered with Haven House, a childrens’ hospice, where they helped the hospice prepare for its Christmas Craft Day by making and hanging decorations, sorting Santa’s grotto and decorating communal areas of the hospice. Going forward, Twitter UK will build on this partnership further by enabling staff to volunteer in Haven House stores, which help raise funds for the childrens’ hospice.
Twitter Deutschland (@TwitterDE) joined Volunteer Boerse Hamburg to help build a garden for people with dementia. They cleaned paths, planted flowers, cut hedges and disposed of leaves. Thanks to the teams’ work, the residents can relax in a new pavilion and enjoy the impressions of the garden next spring!
Twitter Espana (@TwitterEspana) volunteered at the logistics center of the Red Cross and Red Half Moon (@RSCruzRojaMad) in the city. The team heard from passionate volunteers who provided a wide overview of the Red Cross, and how the logistic center gives support to people all around the world. Volunteers spent the rest of the morning selecting, categorizing and organizing the textile material to be offered to people in need.
Twitter Paris (@TwitterParis) went to Samusocial de Paris (@SamuSocialParis) headquarters where volunteers helped sort and wrap clothes and toys for youth in local shelters at Christmas. Samusocial de Paris runs a variety of activities including social service assistance, shelter, and clothing and household donations for people living in shelters.
Twitter celebrated its first ever #TwitterForGood day in Belgium this year. On this occasion, the team joined forces with Serve the City Brussels (@stcbrussels), part of the global movement of volunteers Serve the City, to prepare and serve breakfast to approximately 250 refugees and homeless.
Partnering with the Greater Boston Food Bank, 25 employees sorted and packed 8,248 lbs of food which translated into making 6,873 meals possible for families across Eastern Massachusetts.
Twitter San Francisco (@TwitterSF) was out in full force on #TwitterForGood Day – 550 employees volunteered for 2382 hours at 35 projects across the city! Volunteers removed invasive plants from a quarter-mile stretch along the shore of Ocean Beach with the SF Parks Alliance (@SFParksAlliance);explored innovative ways to teach digital citizenship with Common Sense Media (@CommonSense); taught STEM skills to an emerging generation of school-aged children with Catholic Charities (@CatholicCSF), Compass Family Services (@compasssf), and Play-Well Tek (@PlayWell_TEK); explored career options with job seekers from dev/mission (@devmissionorg) and JVS (@JVSBayArea); got their hands dirty in the community garden at the Tenderloin Neighborhood Community Development (@TNDC); taught yoga to kids from West Bay Pilipino Community Center (@WestBayCenterSF); and much more! Thanks to all of our volunteers and partners, we had an amazing experience bringing together our company and community – all in a day’s work for #TwitterForGood.
@TwitterCanada came out in full force for #TwitterForGood this fall, participating in a series of events that allowed employees to apply their skills and develop some new ones.
Initiatives included building wheelchair ramps for local accessibility organization, StopGap Foundation (@StopGapRamp), to preparing school mailings for Kids Help Phone (@KidsHelpPhone), to cooking a feast for 60 on behalf of the Fort York Food Bank (@FYfoodbank).
Other employees lent their insights and experience to important events that supported our partner organizations. This included a training and brainstorm session with Ample Labs (@amplelabs_co), a non-profit empowering those of us facing homelessness with technology. They also hosted an interactive event for Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (@TAEHomelessness), where local businesses and partner learned how they can be part of a homeless solution for Toronto.
New York City
Supporting its local community, @TwitterNYC partnered with 11 organizations and carried out 14 different activities this fall. Activities included park beautification projects, building affordable adaptive equipment for children with disabilities, meal prepping for local shelters, providing support at a pet shelter, and learning the basic skills for being an interpreter for refugees and immigrant communities, among others.
@TwitterLA worked with five local nonprofits; Santa Monica Symphony, Watts Empowerment Center, Safe Place for Youth (@SafePlace4Youth), Friends of the Santa Monica Animal Shelter and Baby2Baby (@baby2baby).
Twitter volunteers organized and inventoried storage units at Santa Monica Symphony that houses all visual displays for concerts and merchandise, while some cleaned and re-designed the youth room at Watts Empowerment Center and built new computer chairs for the media center.
With Safe Place for Youth, Twitter volunteers sorted winter clothing donations and painted a mural at the drop-in center. Volunteers also took time to walk and socialize shelter dogs awaiting adoption with Friends of the Santa Monica Animal Shelter.
Finally, Twitter employees visited Baby2Baby and organized the warehouse which supports kids ages 0-12, with diapers, clothing and all basic necessities.
Food Lifeline’s mission is to feed people experiencing hunger today and work to end hunger for tomorrow, so volunteers from Twitter joined a Volunteer Group onsite at the organisation.
Six volunteers from the Seattle office traveled to the Food Lifeline facility and helped sort, categorize, and package food products to be distributed to various food banks in the Greater Seattle Area, while 30 employees based at the Twitter Seattle office, helped package meal kits to be donated to Food Lifeline that will be distributed among local food banks to families in need.
The mission for Mary’s Place is to provide safe, inclusive shelter and services that support women, children & families on their journey out of homelessness.
Keeping that in mind, four Seattle volunteers undertook an online monetary fundraiser to supply the new Marketplace & Family Diversion Center created by Mary’s Place. Donations were needed to help supply shelves, bins, and hooks to set up the facility.
Four other volunteers then set up an off-site volunteer group to help set up the new Marketplace & Family Diversion Center created by Mary’s Place, where families in need can get all of their essentials like clothing and home items.
Boulder employees spent this #TwitterForGood day volunteering with a number of local organizations to support our community. This included Boulder Community Cycles (@CommunityCycles), where Tweeps helped repair donated kids bikes to regift this holiday season; @YWCABoulder where Tweeps read to kids and helped clean up the playground; Boulder Bridge House (@bobridgehouse); a local transitional housing provider where tweeps helped clean the transitional housing facility; and Douglas Land Conservancy (@DLConservancy) where Tweeps helped set up a new filing system and update a website.
@TwitterMexico partnered with Proeducación IAP (@proediap), a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting good quality public education in Mexico, and Escuela Primaria Chapultepec (a public elementary school) to promote reading comprehension and environmental stewardship. Twitter volunteers worked with students to read books, plant seeds, decorate vases, and organize books in the library. Employees enjoyed and learned from the kids as much as they did from them!
@TwitterBrasil visited Quilombo da Parada, a nonprofit that works to address racial and social inequality, and sustainability. Twitter volunteers helped with housing & yard restoration, as well as learned about the organization's history, context and challenges working in a highly vulnerable neighborhood of the city. Employees participated in various activities including painting, cleaning, weeding, and gardening.
On December 16, Twitter Hong Kong will be having its first-ever #TwitterForGood activity partnering with Feeding Hong Kong (@FeedingHK), the first registered non-profit food bank in Hong Kong dedicated to rescuing surplus food from retailers, distributors,. and manufacturers, — redistributing it to people in need. Volunteers will inspect, sort, and repack donated food items in a warehouse before they can be donated to those in need.
On December 9, the @TwitterMENA team will award the winner of last summer’s #YouthForGood competition that was launched by @Jack and Minister of State for Youth Affairs in the UAE Her Excellency Shamma Al Mazrui (@Shamma). The initiative invited youth based in the UAE to use the power of Twitter by creating an account that would fuel philanthropic efforts in their community.
The winning account, @Youth_ImprintAE, was created by a team that partners with restaurants to provide discounted meals on a monthly basis for those with limited access to meat-based meals. They also took the initiative to collect donations from the public, and distribute the meals in various locations around Abu Dhabi, providing over 500 meals in less than 3 months. Twitter employees will join the @Youth_ImprintAE team this year and will head to a construction site in Dubai to distribute the meals to those working at the location.
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