Helping others, having a tangible impact on your community and getting closer to your own team rank amongst the top three of 1,000 reasons to volunteer with TUGG’s annual Tech Gives Back. In their sixth annual event, TUGG brought together 1,500 volunteers from 70+ companies to give back to 50+ nonprofits in Boston.
BostInno, which joined TUGG for the 2016 day of volunteering as a media partner, donated time to Community Servings, an organization providing 9,600 meals each week to individuals and families who are homebound and living with critical and chronic illnesses. The meals are made from scratch and meticulously tailored to meet the medical needs of their clients. We slapped on hairnets, washed our hands for no less than 43 seconds, and got to work prepping and packaging meals. It was a rewarding morning that left our team asking how they can get involved outside of TUGG’s annual event. We’ll obviously be back for more next year.
Here are a few stats from from the day of city-wide volunteering:
- TUGGers from WeWork, KPMG and Northeastern served 185 meals in 45 minutes at Rosie’s Place
- WeSpire cleaned up and beautified The Esplanade by raking & planting 3,500 bulbs
- SVB and Constant Contact removed 22 giant bags of trash and invasive plants from the Emerald Necklace, the most per hour of any other volunteer group EVER
- Rapid7 shut down their entire office, 900 people globally, to do a company-wide day of service as part of Tech Gives Back.
Kudos to all of the generous souls who participated and a special thanks to Silicon Valley Bank for making the day possible and TUGG, who works tirelessly to coordinate this event. TUGG’s executive director, Zoe Anetakis, had this to say about 2016’s event, “Tech Gives Back always brings out the best of Boston’s technology community, but I was astounded this year at how many teams took Rapid7’s lead and brought out their entire team to volunteer. We work tirelessly to make the day a success – it is like managing a massive game of Tetris to place volunteers at sites across Boston – but we get back every ounce of energy, and then some, from the amazing techies we get to call neighbors and friends.”
We included some photos below from our teams and others so you can see how fun it was!