At Cengage Group, we’re dedicated to fostering a workplace community that’s passionate about giving back. As we say in our credo, we are accountable to and for each other. And that includes not just other employees and our customers, but also the communities where we live and work. That’s why our employees based in the U.S. and Canada receive a paid day off to volunteer in their local communities each year. As we close out 2022, we are looking back at some of the ways our employees made an impact over the course of the year, and what drives them to get involved and volunteer in their communities.
1. Finding Opportunities to Connect with Co-workers
Joy M., Marketing Manager, volunteered at the Greater Boston Food Bank along with several of her colleagues. They sorted over 8,000 pounds of food!
2. Using Professional Expertise to Help Others
Sam S., Senior Account Executive, spent his volunteer day (plus a weekend!) flexing his IT muscles. He worked at five schools in his local community to add updated firmware to 1,300 computers, installed 25 smart boards and setup 50 new laptops.
3. Sharing Your Passions and Fostering Connections
Takeyce W., Senior Media Producer and professional artist, partnered with two local non-profits in New York, Black Dimensions in Art and The Nature Conservancy, to teach a group of brilliant young folks about Art and the Environment in the field. Read more in The National Conservancy’s Adirondack Update newsletter.
4. Making a Local Impact
Lori M., an Enrollment Representative in California, teamed up with Holt Ministries for the Elsinore Community Annual Turkey Giveaway-Feed the Families Volunteer opportunity and helped package over 850 Thanksgiving meals for families in need.
5. Supporting Our Veterans
Jesse S., used his time to support the Wounded Marine Fund. This organization was started by a friend whose brother, USMC Ret. Cpl Michael Fox, stepped on an IED (improvised explosive device) in Afghanistan. This caused the immediate amputation of both legs and severe injuries to his left arm and hand. The biggest fundraiser for the organization is an annual golf tournament that not only raises money for wounded Marines, but it also brings wounded veterans together to play golf and build community.
6. Helping Save the Earth
Charlotte E., Head of Strategic Marketing for English Language Teaching, spent the day volunteering at a local nature reserve in Oxford, England, called Aston's Eyot. This area is an old rubbish dump that’s carefully managed to provide a range of habitats and encourage biodiversity. She participated in a tree survey to check the health of the nature reserve’s trees.
7. Spreading Happiness and Joy
Amber C., a Library Sales Consultant, regularly volunteers by bringing therapeutically trained mini horses to nursing homes and events for children in need. For her volunteer day, she accompanied the horses at the MaineGeneral Day of Hope. This event brings the community together with an inspirational ceremony honoring the those affected by cancer, followed by a 1.8-mile Walk for Hope through the beautiful University of Maine Augusta campus.
8. Preserving the Beauty of Nature
Taylor F., Senior Marketing Manager, worked in a community garden in her town. She said, “It’s the cutest little place, and it was buzzing with all kinds of different people working to beautify the grounds so people can have a space to enjoy nature.”
9. Bringing Wonder and Awe to Others
Ashley M., Senior Digital Success Specialist in Kentucky, volunteered at the Krohn Conservatory’s Butterflies on the Nile event. She said, “I've never smiled so much...I loved seeing children and adults in awe watching the butterflies flying around the room. I can't wait to volunteer there again!”
10. Inspiring the Next Generation
Ryan C., Software Architect in Michigan, used his volunteer day to chaperone his son Nicholas’ 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. They used the day to learn more about American history, including a visit to Arlington National Cemetery.