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Team Donates Blood To Support Their Cisco Family

Blood donation truck.

Folks at Cisco don’t “hijack” blood donation trucks unless there’s a very good reason. If helping a colleague cope with the loss of her father and honoring his last wishes isn’t a good reason, then we don’t know what is.

One of the members of the Digital Strategy Enablement (DSE) team recently lost their father to leukemia. Instead of flowers at his service, her father asked that people donate blood to help others.

So the DSE team jumped into action, re-routing a Stanford Blood Center truck from another location and standing in line to donate at Building 8 on the San Jose, CA campus.

  • 27 people attempted to donate (8 were denied due to recent travel, etc.)
  • 22 units of blood were donated
  • 3 people were able to give T5 double-red donations, which are extra special and earned them extra cookies and kudos

DSE Team Blood Drive

While enjoying a post-donation cookie, the DSE team spoke to another colleague from a different Cisco team whose wife also as cancer and is undergoing chemo treatment at Stanford. So the DSE team may be helping ANOTHER member of the Cisco family, as she may be a recipient of their donations, as well as other people in the community.

Giving back is so engrained in the culture at Cisco, that when employees volunteer or donate, Cisco will match their volunteer hours and donations to approved organizations. So in addition to the blood donations, the team was able to earn over $200 that will go to the Stanford Blood Center as well.

Thank you, DSE team, for proving once again that the idea of the “Cisco family” isn’t a marketing slogan, it’s just how we do things around here.

If you want to be a part of the Cisco family, you can view openings here.

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How a Mobile App Will Feed Many

Wesley_KingThis post was written by guest blogger Wesley King, a business systems analyst at Cisco

It’s that time of year again. No, not quite Christmas in July; not Thanksgiving. Forget Daylight Savings Time, Memorial Day, and Bring your Daughter to Work Day.

I’m talking about the time to give back. Here at Cisco, it’s a big deal – every single day of the year.

For me, most everything in my life is in flux – I just moved from the East Coast to the West, transitioned into being a mobile worker and volunteered outside the country for the first time. On top of all that, I took my first trip through a black hole with Interstellar.

The Impact of Change

Here on this planet, however, there is no sadder distinction between haves and have-nots than the disparate contents of our stomachs. The malnourished and the underfed need our help. Thankfully, I work for a company where both the leadership and larger employee base want to do their part in providing a great life for every one of Earth’s inhabitants.

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Cisco Employees Build Awareness about Hunger…Literally

Every year, during Cisco’s Global Hunger Relief Campaign, employee teams across our campuses design and construct “cansculptures” —  pieces of art made entirely out of canned goods (which are later donated to a local food bank), to raise awareness about hunger and our annual giving back initiative.

This year, Cisco employees in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina, and at the Kanata R&D site in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, created cansculptures, while a chalkboard artist in Boxborough, Massachusetts created a Global Hunger Relief chalk wall in the cafe.

The Lawrenceville choo-choo train delivers a coal car of food for the hungry.

The Lawrenceville choo-choo train delivers a coal car of food for the hungry.

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Cisco Employees Line Up to Participate in #GivingTuesday

Forget about fighting crowds on Black Friday and maxing out your credit card on Cyber Monday. Join a movement that matters and kick off the giving season with #GivingTuesday on December 3. Just post or tweet about how you give back on any social media channel and use the hashtag #GivingTuesday.

Cisco is proud to be a partner — for the second year — in #GivingTuesday, an online effort to create a national day of giving on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. We are participating in two ways — by promoting Cisco’s annual Global Hunger Relief Campaign (#CiscoHungerRelief) and by driving volunteerism at several of our sites.

Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers sorts food with employee volunteers at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers sorts food with employee volunteers at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

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