Working Together to Have a Positive Impact in Arizona
By: eBay Inc. Editors
The Arizona GIVE Team, led by co-chairs Sara Haran, Scott Taylor and Kim Colorado, engages hundreds of employees in philanthropy and volunteerism. In 2011, the team organized eight volunteer events and evaluated 43 proposals from local nonprofit organizations, selecting 11 for GIVE Team grants, totaling $24,840. The 14-member team includes employees from the Chandler and Scottsdale offices, who work together to make a positive impact on the greater Phoenix area.
This year, the team is particularly proud of a $4,000 grant awarded to the Chrysalis Academy, a school serving children with autism. The mission of the Chrysalis Academy is to improve the quality of life of its students and families with a curriculum that focuses on both academics and social skills. Recommended by PayPal employee Sasha Bunger, the grant funded the purchase of eight tablet computers that enable new and effective teaching methods. Research has shown that tablet computers are helping autistic children make significant breakthroughs, especially in communication.
Last year, the GIVE Team also supported Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank, which serves low-income families in Arizona’s East Valley. The organization benefited from both an eBay Foundation grant and the generosity of eBay employees. After awarding the food bank a $3,500 grant, recommended by Bill Me Later employee Kim Hart, employees collected food donations (seen at left), resulting in 500 bags of food thta were distributed to families in need. A little friendly competition boosted the number, as employee teams vied to see who could bring in the most bags of the most-needed food items. The winning team’s contribution: 41 bags. GIVE Team co-chair Sara commented, “Team challenges definitely bring out the generous and competitive spirit of employees!”
For employees in Arizona, there are many opportunities to get involved this year. Donation drives will be held for backpacks in July, bags of food in November and holiday gifts in December. Blood drives will take place in June and September. A Bowl-a-Thon will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters in June, and the annual Paint-a-Thon supporting Rebuilding Together will take place in October. October is also the month when the team supports American Cancer Society and Susan G. Koman Foundation during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The Arizona GIVE Team credits its success to its strong commitment to supporting nonprofit organizations in the way that best suits them. “At the end of the day it’s all about how we can help the organizations making an impact in our community,” Sara said.
The eBay Foundation GIVE Team program was launched in 2008 and gives employees the opportunity to effect change in their local communities through grant-making and volunteerism. There are now GIVE Teams in more than 20 locations around the globe. Getting involved is easy – just fill out this short form on The Hub, and you’ll be contacted by your local team or eBay Foundation staff with information about how you can start making a difference in your community.