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Celebrate International Volunteer Day by focusing on people in time of need

By Colleen Cassity, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship at Oracle—December 1, 2021
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Over the last 20 months or so, it’s been family, friends, and neighbors who’ve helped many of us through the Covid-19 pandemic, and we’ve come to appreciate the importance of those communities like never before.

At the same time—with its closures, social distancing, and work-from-anywhere methodologies—the pandemic has undermined the cohesion of so many institutions, both formal and informal, that normally foster healthy communities. While this has been true for all of us, it’s been particularly true for the most vulnerable, among them children and elders.

So, this December 5th, as Oracle celebrates not only International Volunteer Day, but also our annual November-December initiative called Focus on Community, I’m proud to see Oracle Volunteers keeping these two groups top of mind, and finding ways to support and strengthen them.

Often times, all someone needs is a warm smile, a friendly conversation, and a helping hand. Oracle employees deliver those in spades, but they also do so much more. With Focus on Community in full swing, Oracle Volunteers around the world are:

  • hosting drives to collect groceries, toys, and clothing
  • making phone calls to elders to remind them they’re not alone
  • crafting cheer cards for all sorts of people
  • crocheting scarves and hats for hospital patients
  • creating holiday activity kits for children in need
  • recording audio books for kids living in shelters
  • writing welcome letters to newly resettled migrants from Afghanistan
  • teaching sign language to children and adults, and much, much more

Then we have the Apps for Good campaign, through which Executive Vice President Steve Miranda, who leads the Oracle applications team, is encouraging his entire global organization of 20,000 people to volunteer in November and December.

Oracle Volunteers

Still more examples: to help people battling cancer keep their spirits up, our North America Cloud and Technology sales team assembled more than 150 goodie bags for our customer, a nonprofit healthcare provider in Texas, to gift to patients undergoing chemotherapy. And our Government and Education group assembled another 150 to donate to our customer The Johns Hopkins Hospital, to cheer up their patients.

Considering all of these different projects, Focus on Community, reminds me that the kindness of our wonderful employees is matched only by their creativity in finding ways to help people.

Among our most dedicated Oracle Volunteers are Project Leaders—the Oracle employees who take on the exciting role of organizing and managing Oracle Volunteering projects—from liaising with the nonprofit to recruiting and supporting the volunteers, not to mention taking photos and reporting the results. Please join me in congratulating the following Project Leaders of the Year!

  • Alessia Cachiotti—Italy
  • Eleni Tsipa—Greece
  • Krishna Shah—India
  • Fiona Waters—Australia
  • Alaydes Morais—Brazil
  • Monica Salaris—Argentina
  • Elizabeth Kirchner—United States
  • Tyrone Stone—United States

2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the Oracle Volunteering program, which supports employees all over the world to design and implement meaningful volunteering projects in collaboration with nonprofits, nongovernmental organizations, and public institutions like schools.

Over the course of three decades, Oracle Volunteers have donated hundreds of thousands of hours of their time and talent to advance education, protect the environment, and strengthen communities. Whether it’s teaching kids to code, cleaning-up beaches, or collecting food for those in need, Oracle Volunteers are amazing, but they never forget that it’s not about them. It’s about the people, places, critters, and communities they’re helping. And that’s something to celebrate.

To learn more about the Oracle Volunteering program, visit https://www.oracle.com/corporate/citizenship/volunteering/.