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Cisco’s RTP Employees Give Big to Local Charities

- December 22, 2015 - 4 Comments

Cisco is a great company to work for – with an even bigger heart. It is a privilege to work alongside great people who give of their time, talent, and treasure to make the world, and its local communities, a better place.

I have had the pleasure of serving as Site Executive in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina, representing the wonderful employees who have contributed to Cisco’s annual employee giving campaign, Be the Bridge. Building off of our legacy Global Hunger Relief Campaign, our new Be the Bridge campaign provided employees greater choice to support one of 400+ non-profit organizations around the world focused on shelter, water access, nutrition and emergency care, in addition to hunger.

Ed Paradise, VP of engineering, presenting collective check to RTP Campus local nonprofit partners

Ed Paradise, VP of engineering, presenting collective check to RTP Campus local nonprofit partners

My local colleagues came through in a big way – over 870 donors raised $220,000 to a wide variety of organizations. And that’s before the Cisco Foundation matching funds! Special thanks to Rebecca Jacoby, SVP, Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Leadership RTP Site Sponsor, who further incentivized our donors with an additional $10K match.

At our Culmination Event last week, seven grateful partners came to the RTP campus and were shocked and awed by the generosity of my fellow colleagues. Together with the matching funds, we were pleased to present checks totaling over $305,000 to our local non-profit partners, including: American Red Cross, Habitat of Humanity of Durham, Wake and Orange Counties, Interact, The Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina, and Triangle Family Services.

Cisco Volunteers wrapping holiday gifts for families of Interact of Wake County

Cisco Volunteers wrapping holiday gifts for families of Interact of Wake County

The day began with a Volunteer Power Hour for employees to come together for some fun and comradery, all for great causes. Employees wrapped children’s holiday gifts for survivors of domestic violence, assembled, painted, and decorated housewarming gifts (birdhouses) for new Habitat home-owners; wrote holiday greeting cards to be sent to U.S. troops overseas; and sorted through 6,000 pounds of food to be distributed to the hungry citizens of our community this holiday season.

Cisco Volunteers building birdhouses for new home-owners of Habitat Humanity

Cisco Volunteers building birdhouses for new home-owners of Habitat Humanity

Following the Volunteer Power Hour, we had a brief program recognizing the impactful work of our seven local nonprofits in the community. The room was flooded with warmth, love and kindness as employees shared their personal involvement with our partners and powerful stories of organizational impact. Simone Hamlett shared, “I am the bridge to survivors of domestic violence. I am humbled by the labor of love that the InterAct staff performs on a daily basis and the courage of victims that seek the organization’s help.”

Hamlett

Simone Hamlett, HR Program Manager and Civic Council Lead for InterAct shares a touching story with the audience on the impact of InterAct of Wake County’s work in the community for victims of domestic violence.

I am fortunate to work with such generous employees. Here’s what Travis Bullard had to say about Be the Bridge: “I feel extremely fortunate to work for a company that places such value on supporting the local community! Thank you for giving me a platform to contribute to the community.”Well Travis, thank you!  I couldn’t agree more.

And Brad Giles adds: “We all need to be kind and contribute to those less fortunate. Nothing works better than setting a good example. We are privileged to be working for a company that commits itself to helping others as much as Cisco does.” Travis and Brad are only two of over 870 donors who made it possible for seven of our local partners, and the clients they serve, to have a very happy holiday.

Thank you for being the bridge! Have a wonderful holiday season.

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4 Comments

    This was a great event combining a "Volunteer Power Hour" and recognizing the great work of seven local nonprofits. Proud to work at Cisco!

    This was a fantastic event, I'm honored to have been a part of it. Thanks so much.

    I always want to purchase and support companies which have a strong commitment to give back to communities. Providing services and support shows Cisco employees understand success in about more than profits alone.

    Thanks for sharing, Ed. I share articles like this across my social networks because I want my friends and colleagues to understand the kind of people I work with at Cisco. Cisco is a company of very fine and high values; this is reflected through the words and actions of their employees.