In the Spirit of #GivingTuesday – here’s what we’re doing at Welkin Health!

Welkin’s Initiatives in the Community

To join in on the #GivingTuesday movement, on December 1, 2015, Welkin’s team will celebrate our commitment to giving back within our local San Francisco community. The national #GivingTuesday push not only helps to bring the community and local businesses together, but also encourages employees to pitch in and represent their company with pride.

While we are 100 percent in support of the #GivingTuesday effort, we believe that the ideas of community and charity extend beyond a single day in December. Welkin’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program commits to give a percentage of money and time to programs that are important to our core beliefs and company mission. Each quarter, a cause or charity is identified and supported – alternating between monetary donations and employees’ time and effort. The program started this year.

For this quarter, because so much of the holidays revolve around sharing meals with one another Welkin decided to volunteer with St. Anthony’s, a local organization that helps San Franciscans who are in need. We’ll be supporting St. Anthony’s by providing homeless residents  with hot meals and fresh clothing. St. Anthony’s offers thousands of the most vulnerable among us the basics we all need to feel human: dignity, respect, hot meals, fresh clothing, an opportunity to connect with the world around us, year round. And we feel proud to be supporting this mission.

Our team identified two projects for last quarter: Mission Bit and Bayview Hunters. The former struck a chord with our staff because it helps to promote diversity within the tech industry. Given the importance of technology within San Francisco, and specifically at Welkin, it made sense to support Mission Bit financially and help create pathways for “limited access” students to advance their lives through opportunities and careers in the tech field. Welkin also chose to donate to Bayview Hunters, which helps supports mental health programs in the Bay Area.

About #Giving Tuesday: The chaos of the holidays often leads people to forget the true purpose of this time of year: a chance to be with the ones we love and to give back to those who are less fortunate. This is the idea behind #GivingTuesday, which is purposefully scheduled to follow the consumption-centered days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

#GivingTuesday is using social media and collaboration tools to help generate awareness and support for charitable programs around the world. Started in 2012, #GivingTuesday has been connecting people and businesses with local charitable organizations in their areas. People are able to share their cause via social platforms, and spread the word about what exactly their given foundation or effort does.