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Work-Life Integration

PowerToFly's Second Annual Secret Snowflake

How Our Remote Team Celebrates The Holidays

Before coming to PowerToFly, the company holiday parties I attended were radically different. There were gift exchanges, catered lunches, champagne, and lots of awkward interactions between co-workers (my favorite part). Sure, this was fun and all, but at the end of the day, I felt like I was missing something, and to quote a seasonal favorite, the Grinch;

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!

At PowerToFly, we're a small remote team spanning 12 different countries. We have a variety of backgrounds and beliefs, and we all celebrate different holidays.

So, instead of your typical "office holiday party," we have a "Secret Snowflake," where each employee is randomly assigned another employee and donates $10 to a charity in their honor. This gives us the opportunity to learn more about our Secret Snowflakes and get to know their teammates at the same time, as we ask around to learn more about our Snowflakes' interests, hobbies, and passions. (And of course, to contribute to some great causes.)

We spent time getting to know people we don't typically interact with on a day-to-day basis, while discovering charities and foundations all over the globe! Because we're all in different timezones, "small talk" isn't something we usually get to do a lot of, so meetings like this, where we have the opportunity to learn more about each other, are really special.

To me, this blending of cultures, understanding what my teammates truly value, and contributing to causes we care about (everything from the environment to animals to people in need), means more than any gift or catered meal, and embodies the true spirit of the holidays!

This year, our team donated over $300 to 30 the charities listed below:

  1. International Rescue Committe
  2. Karama Organization for Women and Children's Development
  3. Dizzy Feet Foundation
  4. Mutt Rescue
  5. Edo State Women Association
  6. Animal Rescue Foundation of Louisiana
  7. Texas Humane Heroes
  8. Ukrainian Philanthropic Marketplace
  9. Help Animals India
  10. Comedy Cures
  11. Palestine Charity Team
  12. Uniendo Caminos
  13. Animal Rescue of the Rockies
  14. Wounded Nature
  15. Ukrainian Philanthropic Marketplace
  16. Gilda's Club
  17. New Beginning Animal Rescue
  18. Women Who Code Kyiv
  19. The Trevor Project
  20. Sumando Manos Foundation
  21. Razom
  22. Ecuador Children's Hope Organization
  23. LAPA
  24. International Street Dog Foundation
  25. The DREAM Project
  26. Basic Research and Development Society
  27. Ecologia - Youth Trust
  28. Karumbe
  29. Spirit of Children
  30. CASA of Cook County

From the team at PowerToFly, we wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday. See you in 2019!