3Q3% Update: Volunteering with the San Diego and Austin Offices
Published: November 5, 2018
Author: Molly Shotwell
This week we’re checking in with each of our offices to get the latest on their 3Q3% activities. 3Q3% is our company’s initiative to encourage our employees to spend at least 3% of their time giving back to their local communities. Each office has a dedicated 3Q3% organizer who plans group volunteering opportunities throughout the year. First up: San Diego and Austin!
by Sophia Fen
Here in San Diego, Brad O’Brien, 3Q’s VP of Social, has organized an ongoing volunteer event opportunity at The Arc of San Diego. The Arc is a nonprofit organization that provides innovative services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. It is a nationwide organization, but each state has its own chapters that are run and funded independently. At our office, 3Qers have the opportunity to volunteer for a health and wellness program each Saturday morning at a couple of different locations in San Diego! Some of the wellness courses include yoga, Zumba, fitness, art, music and nutrition.
We also can’t forget about the animals, especially since we are such a dog-friendly (and dog-obsessed) office! Another event we just recently hosted for 3Q3% was a bake sale for the San Diego Humane Society. We held it in the bottom floor lobby of our office building, advertising throughout to encourage everyone (3Q and other offices) to attend and support the cause by grabbing a sweet treat! The cookies, cakes, brownies, and other goodies were all baked and donated by 3Qers, and all proceeds went to the SDHS. We raised $360 in total and had a lot of fun doing it!
Our next event (in addition to the weekly Saturday opportunities at the Arc) will be at the San Diego Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego. We volunteered there last year as a group and are making it an annual event!
by Molly Shotwell
Unknowingly (I swear!), we copied San Diego in our Austin 3Q3% activities in 2018! Earlier this year we volunteered with Austin’s Arc location – The Arc of the Capital Area. We helped out with an art class where we learned ancient Chinese art techniques and worked with the students to create our own interpretative pieces using what we’d learned.
In June, the Arc of the Capital Area had an art show where all of the members of their programs got to showcase and sell their art, with the proceeds going directly to each individual as personal income. We picked up a few pieces for our homes, and look forward to adding to our office decor at the next show!
In October, we had some quality animal time with The Austin Animal Center. Austin is very proud to be the largest no-kill community in the nation, and we loved being able to give shelter animals some love and care until they are able to find their forever homes. We spent the morning walking shelter dogs and playing with cats as part of their socialization program. I swear, it’s volunteering, but calling it “the best way to spend a morning” is also not wrong.
Next up on our Austin 3Q3% calendar? Warehouse food sorting with the Central Texas Food Bank to close out the year.