Second Harvest Food Drive
The real winners of course are the recipients of the nearly 7,000 pounds of food we collected during the KING CAN competition. We worked with the Second Harvest Food Bank to collect the food and channel it to those who need it. (side note: Second Harvest also needs help sorting the food it collects. Therefore getting together to volunteer as “food sorters” is another bonding opportunity for companies during the holiday season).
Now that’s a lot of food! Of course it was collected with love, enthusiasm and (per Aerohive’s sense of fun) the occasional little bit of silliness.
But make no mistake, there was also a keen sense of competition involved in the KING CAN competition. Just look at these captains – how could you possibly refuse those stern faces? We were driven to collect, collect, collect!
Of course, everyone, from Engineering to the CEO, gets in on the action around here.
As a Silicon Valley company, of course it’s ultimately all about the numbers, right? Check out this graph for the raw numbers showing the progress of each team.
And look what they took home. Sweet! (Here at Aerohive, we don’t spare the fanciness when it comes to awards. )
A special thanks goes to Mike Andersen who turned the food drive into a fun and competitive effort. Last year we collected about 700 pounds of food, so you can see he did an awesome job by driving us to produce 10x what we did last year. Truly amazing!
Thanks also to Mona (our Executive Admin) who weighed all of the food each day and sent out the tally of who was in the lead. (did I mention we collected SEVEN THOUSAND POUNDS?? That’s a lot of weighing!) She even went through all of the cans and threw out the expired ones.
Cube Decorating contest
A friendly cube decorating really brings out the creativity in people (let it be noted we extended the judging on this one because people got so into it they needed more time). Seriously, people put a crazy amount of thought and energy to their cubes-come-palatial designs.
Given the creativity, David had a tough call deciding on the winner. However, there were two cubes that stood out the most, and they were awarded co-winners.
One winner was Deb Knodel with her North Pole/polar bear themed Bearpaw cabin motif:
And the other was Jason Parry with his Gingerbread house re-creation:
In recognition of other efforts in cube-festivity:
Family Giving Tree Holiday Wish Drive
This is my favorite activity because it singles out the wishes of some kids who really need our help during the holidays: The Family Giving Tree’s Holiday Wish Drive.
This organization works with more than 250 Bay Area social service agencies that supply the names and wishes of the children they serve year-round. A wish card is printed for each child, detailing their age, gender, first name and their wish for a holiday gift – givers simply pick a kid and fulfill his or her wish. I highly recommend this as a charitable cause for your organization to support.
I’ve organized this drive for several years, but I have to say that this year was especially heartbreaking because I saw more requests for jackets, pajamas and school supplies, and not just toys. For those who don’t like (or have time to) shop, there was also the option of giving cash. And as an added touch, each gift tag asks for you to attach a toothbrush.
We had 50 gift tags and ended up fulfilling all of them.
Thanks Team Aerohive!!! You really made a difference this year and we so appreciate all of your efforts.
Happy Holidays everyone. Here’s to a wonderful 2012.