“At EagleView, we pride ourselves on giving back both during the holiday season and throughout the year,” said Senior Vice President of Human Resource Ruby White.
That’s why her company provides multiple volunteer opportunities for their employees to give back. Whether they’re teaching code to the Girl Scouts of America, raising funds for the Ronald McDonald House or buying presents for families in need during the holidays, there are opportunities for every employee to get involved.
And it’s not just the employees lending a helping hand, either. EagleView’s software provides AI measurement solutions for siding, roofing and solar projects for insurance, government and energy businesses. After hurricanes, they donate high-resolution aerial imagery to the most highly affected areas to help with recovery efforts.
EagleView is not alone in their charitable efforts; Whether through volunteer work or donations, more companies are providing opportunities for employees to give back. According to Charity Navigator, corporations donated $21 billion to nonprofits in 2017. We spoke to White about how EagleView encourages employees to give back to their communities — and the impact that has on company culture.
How does your company give back to the local community, both during the holidays and throughout the year?
At EagleView, we pride ourselves on giving back both during the holiday season and throughout the year. Each year as the holidays approach, we participate in an Adopt-A-Family program, placing a tree in each office lobby decorated with tags that contain the names of a local family and their desired gifts. Employees can take a tag, purchase the gift and bring it back into the office to donate.
Outside of the holiday season, our offices participate in local events like the annual United Way's Day of Caring by volunteering at local organizations to partake in activities such as gardening, painting and more. Additionally, this fall we supported 10 families to stay at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester (RMHCR) and helped out at RMHCR's annual “The Sale” event to raise program funds for children and families in the local community.
Our internal Women in Tech initiative has sparked other volunteer opportunities such as the Hour of Code, where we are introducing coding, machine learning and the importance of STEM work to the Girl Scouts of America. We also volunteer at the Rochester Terra Science and Engineering Fair where members of our Women in Technology group act as judges and host the winners for a job shadow event in our offices.
Furthermore, we understand that the work we do each day can benefit communities, especially following a natural disaster. In times of need, such as post-Hurricane Michael or the 2019 Texas tornado, we have donated high-resolution aerial imagery to the most highly affected areas to help with recovery efforts.
We understand that the work we do each day can benefit communities, especially following a natural disaster.”
How is this “spirit of giving” reflected in your company culture and the way your team works together?
Whether we're participating in a volunteer activity, such as the RMHCR’s “The Sale” event, or gathering and donating our aerial imagery to those in need, our employees and leaders are always eager to put in extra hours and step away from their expected responsibilities to lend a hand. Our culture at EagleView is filled with goodwill for the communities we live and work in and we're extremely proud of it.