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Optoro

Giving 1%: Optoro Employees Donate Time To Local Community Garden

Below is an article originally written by Sarah Foulke at PowerToFly Partner Optoro, and published on June 14, 2018. Go to Optoro's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

Not only do Optoro employees receive generous PTO, but we're also encouraged to take VTO (Volunteer Time Off)! We recognize that volunteer opportunities enrich and inspire the lives of our employees and as a company, we're tracking towards a goal of giving 1% of our time. This equates to 20 hours a year per employee.

We support many local and international organizations, including City Blossoms, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering healthy communities by developing creative, kid-driven green spaces. City Blossoms focuses on implementing urban gardens in low-income communities where children may not otherwise have access to green space. The organization works to teach healthy living habits, community development, environmental education, and artistic expression.

This week the Sales and Marketing teams traveled to Seaton Elementary School in Northwest DC to help City Blossoms clear out an overgrown garden.

We trimmed overgrown weeds and plants, cleared out trash, and helped build a garden. It was a great way to give back to our local community as well as bond as a team!

Want to join us? Check out our open positions!

SendGrid

Giving Back At SendGrid: What We’ve Done And Where We’re Going

Below is an article originally written by Christina Frantz, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at PowerToFly Partner SendGrid, and published on November 27, 2018. Go to SendGrid's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

Happy #GivingTuesday!

Giving Tuesday is celebrated every year on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving, and encourages people and organizations to give back to the community.

The day also marks the 4th anniversary of Pledge 1%–a movement SendGrid joined just prior to our IPO in November 2017. This movement was created with the idea that all companies, no matter their size or stage, can make a social impact by donating 1% of their assets including equity, profit, people's time and/or product. SendGrid has committed 1% of our equity over the next ten years to help our communities thrive.

Corporate responsibility at SendGrid

I was lucky enough to join SendGrid to create and shape our community investment strategy. Over the past several weeks, I've met with Gridders to better understand what we do and what we're passionate about in an effort to identify what we are uniquely positioned to do to drive positive change in our communities.

What I've found through these conversations is that giving back is already part of SendGrid's DNA. I've learned about amazing things my team members are already doing to support our community that has laid the groundwork for our corporate social responsibility initiative.

Stem volunteering club

For example, Gridders Jessy Sweet and Hannah Apuan started a STEM Volunteer Club to improve STEM initiatives around Denver. The club connects Gridders to volunteer opportunities such as:

  • Teaching coding to Boys and Girls Club youth
  • Mentoring at hackathons that serve underrepresented community members
  • Tutoring elementary students in math

"The idea of our club was inspired by discussions from one of the Diversity and Inclusion weeks at SendGrid," says Hannah. "Gridders were asking: how do we improve diversity in tech? We decided one of the ways to bring new perspectives into the technology industry would be to start from the beginning and emphasize STEM education for students from all backgrounds."

SendGood with SendGrid

SendGood is a program created in 2018 by Gridders Austin Whiting, Carly Brantz, Mike Pace, Corinne Nagel, and Veronica Hudson. The team focused their efforts on how to leverage our product to support nonprofits.

SendGood is a program that allows marketers to sign up for our Marketing Campaigns tool and once they send 5,000 emails, a $50 donation is made on their behalf to charity.

"SendGood makes a difference by helping drive our new product Marketing Campaigns, but we're equally excited that it supports organizations whose values align with SendGrid's 4H values: hungry, happy, humble and honest," says Austin.

Learn more about the program and beneficiary nonprofits.

Community week

We just wrapped up our annual Community Week, which is an opportunity for Gridders to volunteer, arm in arm, in support of our communities. Over the course of a week, more than 150 Gridders volunteered in eight unique cities with 19 nonprofits for a donation of over 1,000 service hours!

Events like these are valuable because they help people develop new skills, foster connectivity between colleagues, and also make a huge difference for nonprofits who rely on volunteers to accomplish their goals.

Through the team's efforts, we were able to feed hungry neighbors, encourage self-sufficiency, educate low-income children, build homes for families, care for abused and neglected animals and provide support to families with critically ill children.

Pledge 1%

And now today, I have the honor of representing SendGrid at Nasdaq to ring the opening bell alongside the Pledge 1% organization and other companies who have taken the pledge. We're here to celebrate the power companies have to be a force for good and are hopeful that we can encourage other companies to join us.

No matter the size or stage of your company, every organization has the capacity to help their communities.

Making a profit and making a difference does not have to be mutually exclusive–in fact, together they are a profitable business strategy.

As I collaborate with Gridders to identify our social impact strategy, I'm grateful we already have the ingredients I believe are essential to a successful strategy: a passion for giving back, a commitment to utilizing our unique skills and products to improve the lives of others, and a long-term dedication to investing in our communities. We'll be back soon to share our social impact mission and strategy!

33Across

33Across Gives Back To Our Veterans

Below is an article originally written by Erica Roane at PowerToFly Partner 33Across, and published on May 4, 2018. Go to 33Across' page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

It's always better to give than to receive, especially when it comes to our veterans. While 33Across is a company invested in all things technology, we also understand the importance of giving back to the community.

Last week our CRO Miles Dennison supported The Home Depot during the their 2018 Marketing Foundation Event.

Miles, alongside other volunteers, made improvements at The Yountville Veterans Home. The team renovated the kitchen as well as installed a new batting cage for the residents.

If you're looking for more ways to get involved in your community and would like to learn more about The Home Depot Foundation please click here.

PAX Labs Celebrates Veterans Month With $100K Pledge To The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

PAX Labs Partners with Veteran-Owned LEVEL Blends, Gold Leaf SF to Benefit the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

Below is an article originally written by PowerToFly Partner PAX Labs, and published on November 11, 2018. Go to PAX Labs' page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

PAX Labs, Inc., a leading consumer technology brand in cannabis, today announced a pledge supporting our nation's heroes, through a sponsorship commitment of $100,000 to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).

Throughout the month of November, PAX will spotlight cannabis as a force for good, partnering with veteran-owned companies LEVEL Blends and Gold Seal SF, as well as the Cannabition Museum in Las Vegas, to support the veterans' community.

PAX is helping shape the conversation about cannabis as a positive resource for veterans -- showcasing the importance of programs that educate and provide resources for veterans and veteran-owned businesses. Advocating for greater accessibility to cannabis, creating jobs within the industry and supporting veteran-owned businesses are amongst the company's top priorities.

"We have tremendous respect for those who serve their country, and we acknowledge the responsibility we have to promote the happiness, economic success and overall well-being of our veterans." said Bharat Vasan, CEO, PAX. "We especially want to thank our partners, LEVEL Blends and Gold Seal SF, both veteran-owned businesses, for joining us and caring so deeply about this cause."

"Veterans have consistently and passionately communicated that cannabis helps them address a variety of issues," commented Paul Rieckhoff, Founder and Executive Director of IAVA. "Bringing the conversation about cannabis out of the shadows and getting veterans the access they deserve is vital. PAX has shown strong support for our mission, and we are thankful for their efforts. We look forward to continuing our work with PAX and to improving the dialogue with state and federal governments and get veterans the access they need to cannabis."

Pay It Forward

PAX, alongside partners LEVEL Blends and Gold Seal SF, is making a donation to IAVA through a limited-edition "Pay it Forward" pod release. These two veteran-owned-and-operated companies share in PAX's belief that veterans deserve better access to cannabis than is currently available to them. Paring LEVEL Blends' development of unique and rare cannabinoids to create custom cannabis experiences, Gold Leaf SF's boutique and locally-driven cultivator understanding, and PAX's advanced technology with temperature controls for the perfect vaporization experience and flavor profiles, the "Pay it Forward" pod will offer a 1:1 CBD/THC ratio formulated with the needs of the veterans' community in mind. The "Pay it Forward" pod retails at $40.00, with all proceeds benefiting IAVA, and is available wherever LEVEL Blends pods are sold.

PAX Labs Giving Tree at Cannabition Museum in Las Vegas

Consumers can also join PAX in supporting IAVA by pledging their donation via The Giving Tree at the Cannabition Museum in Las Vegas, which gives consumers an immersive experience into the world of cannabis through art and culture. To engage the cannabis community in a way that directly supports veterans, PAX is matching all Giving Tree donations during November.

November 8 IAVA Heroes Gala in New York City

Rounding out the program, PAX joined IAVA at the 12th Annual IAVA Heroes Gala, an event where cannabis and veteran issues were front and center. This kick-off event commenced a partnership that will drive awareness for cannabis and veteran education by developing resource programs, aiding in research surrounding cannabis as a viable source of relief for veterans, and advocating for policy change surrounding the availability of cannabis for veterans.

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