Not only did they continue to find new ways of Going Green, but they also opened their hearts and gave up many afternoons to donate food, clothing, and toys to those in need. What an incredible way to close our Sojern Gives Back: Going Green in 2015!
A recap of 2015 in Sojern Gives Back
A big thank you to our SGB partners who helped us accomplish all of the below:
- We packed 330 food boxes and 2,640 backpack packs for FoodBank for the Heartland, an organization that helps children who do not have enough to eat over the weekends.
- Heart Ministry gives to families in need and accepted 10 bags of gently used clothing.
- In response the the European refugee crisis, we gathered and donated toys and books to Save the Children.
- We collected and wrapped over 100 gifts for Siena/Francis House and Open Door Mission.
- Fulfilled the Christmas wish list of 4 families in need from a local school in Omaha.
- We met some great volunteers and locals at St. Anthony’s, serving over 6,000 meals in 2 days to those who do not have enough to eat.
- In New York, we partnered with Toys for Tots to donate over gifts to less fortunate children.
Going Green in 2015
Aside from all the charity work, our Sojernistas also found time for a number of green activities across the US:
- Our Omaha office found more ways to implement small changes that had a big environmental impact. They switched from plastic to ceramic mugs (keeping 25 cups/day out of landfills), replaced plastic cutlery with reusable flatware, moved from Keurig cups to regular coffee, and reduced paper towel usage.
- Our New York crew spent an afternoon cleaning and landscaping a local park. They even had the help of a few kids who left the playground to join in (the unofficial motto was “Dirt rules, Slides suck!”).
- Golden Gate National Park Conservancy partnered with our San Francisco office to clean San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Earlier in the year, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission came by to teach us how to reduce our water consumption.
Looking forward to 2016
We’re looking forward to continuing that momentum into 2016. Next year’s initiative is Reducing Inequalities. What does this mean? Much like our UN world leaders, we’ll focus on reducing homelessness and poverty, helping with education and literacy, and much more! We’ll also go (even more) global, and extend our Sojern Gives Back programs into Singapore.
Have a great holiday, and we’ll see you in the new year!
For more information on our Sojern Gives Back program, check out our dedicated page for details.