HBO Employees Spend the Holiday Season Giving Back
BY OLIVIA ARMSTRONG
Instead of a holiday party, the HBO CSR group, along with company volunteers, celebrated the holidays as a team with a mission to share. (Above, employees at HBO’s New York City headquarters partner with Free Arts NYC to spread holiday cheer).
As 2018 comes to a close, HBO employees in New York and Los Angeles — from executives to freelancers — focus on giving back. For the fourth consecutive year, the company donated time, skills and dollars to local nonprofits and communities. The HBO Corporate Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility group, along with volunteers from across the network, celebrated the holidays as a team with the goal of making this time of year special for those less fortunate. See how and learn what you can do to help too.
What we did: Over 100 members of the Corporate Communications and Legal teams packed 220 Warm Kits for the International Rescue Committee and refugees entering new communities in New York City and Maryland.
Their mission: The IRC assists those who have been forced out of their home countries because of war and famine and helps get their lives back on track by establishing a long-term path for recovery.
How to get involved: Donate, volunteer time at an event or attend speaker sessions to learn more about the IRC is helping communities around the country and the globe.
What we did: 25 members of HBO’s Technology and Studio teams joined forces for an “Art Party,” where they painted tote bags for Free Arts NYC.
Their mission: The organization empowers underserved youth through art and mentoring programs to develop their creativity, confidence, and skills to succeed.
How to get involved: Volunteerships are available for individuals, as well as groups.
What we did: The Human Resources and Facilities teams of HBO’s New York headquarters assembled over 7,300 meals for God’s Love We Deliver Organization.
Their mission: God’s Love We Deliver cooks and delivers 2 million hot meals every year to those in need. Their goal is to improve the health and well-being of men, women
How to get involved: Sign up individually, or get co-workers on board. The non-profit also hosts events during the holiday season.
What we did: 200 members of the Consumer Marketing department spent the day at New York City’s P.S. 149 Sojourner Truth School wrapping gifts, writing thank-you notes to teachers and building gingerbread houses.
Their mission: P.S. 149 in Harlem seeks to prepare students to become lifelong learners as responsible, caring, productive citizens in partnership with parents and community members.
How to get involved: Learn more about the school and how you can become a partner.
What we did: 90 participants from the New York Information Technology team, as well as members of HBO’s Seattle office, packed over 50,000 meals for
Their mission: Rise Against Hunger aims to end hunger by 2030 by providing food and aid to the world’s most vulnerable.
How to get involved: Host a meal-packaging event, donate, volunteer and champion the cause. Learn about year-round opportunities and how you can get your colleagues on board.
What we did: HBO LA took action in the aftermath of the California Wildfires and donated over 50 pounds of supplies to Baby2Baby for children and infants affected by the devastation.
Their mission: Baby2Baby provides low-income children up to 12 years of age with diapers, clothing and basic necessities.
How to get involved: Donate, volunteer, host a drive or learn more about corporate sponsorship opportunities.
What we did: Donated clothing and prepared lunch for 200 homeless women at Downtown Women’s Center Los Angeles (DWC).
Their mission: The DWC is the only organization in LA focused exclusively on serving and empowering women experiencing homelessness. They seek to end homelessness for women in LA through housing, wellness, employment, and advocacy.
How to get involved: Learn more about how to donate dollars and goods, advocate or volunteer.
What we did: HBO’s Los Angeles team dedicated 200 hours to build a home with Habitat for Humanity for a Los Angeles-based family in need.
Their mission: The organization advocates for building, reconstructing and securing affordable housing for those seeking a place to call home.
How to get involved: Habitat for Humanity’s reach spans four continents, making it easy to get involved. In addition to making direct donations and participating in group build events, there are also long-term ways to put your elbow grease to good use. See all the ways you can volunteer and support.
What we did: Los Angeles employees helped clean up Santa Monica beach with Heal the Bay by collecting 30 pounds of trash and over 2,000 cigarette butts.
Their mission: Heal the Bay works to mobilize LA’s diverse communities to protect California’s coastline, revitalize urban waterways, and speak out for smart water policy.
How to get involved: Become a “Wavemaker” Member and discover how you can help out at year-round events.
What we did: HBO Los Angeles and New York, along with Together We Rise, assembled 60 bikes, 160 skateboards
Their mission: Comprised of young adults and former foster youth, Together We Rise aims to improve the lives of children in foster care.
How to get involved: Discover team building, fundraising or “donating your birthday” opportunities.
What we did: Created 600 Smile Kits with Project Sunshine for hospitalized teens.
Their mission: Over 3 million children are hospitalized each year in the United States. Project Sunshine ensures they have access to educational activities and crafts regardless of their health conditions.
How to get involved: See what good you can do as part of a local volunteer chapter.
What we did: Los Angeles employees packed 50 “Jingle Bags” packed with holiday favorites and delivered them to families at People Assisting the Homeless (PATH).
Their mission: PATH is ending homelessness for individuals, families and communities in California by building affordable housing and providing supportive services throughout the state.
How to get involved: Sign up to provide home-cooked meals, care kits and more. You can volunteer year-round as an individual or group.
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