When our Inside Sales, Resonate team volunteered at one of Chicago’s leading community centers to stuff and distribute food bags for the homeless and others in need, they didn’t realize the impact of their efforts – both on them personally and on the people they served. Not only did they support an organization in providing much-needed social services for more than 8,000 Chicago-area individuals and families, but they also experienced a great sense of gratitude for being able to contribute to such a worthy cause.
For Enterprise Account Manager Jennifer Palombo, the decision to take on the challenge of the MS 150 only six months after a total knee replacement was personal. "I have so many friends afflicted by MS," Jennifer said. "Many forms, symptoms, issues—and they need my help." So she took to her bike for the 150-mile ride to help raise money for multiple sclerosis research. Along the way, she met many inspiring people: women in their 80's riding in dresses and high heels, parents pulling their MS-stricken children in bike carriers, co-workers raising funds for a colleague who was recently diagnosed. At the end of the day, the 3,500 riders had raised $5.6 million dollars for the cause. Now that's making a difference.
At the recent two-day Marketwired senior leadership summit, collaboration and giving back took on a whole new meaning. While team members knew they would be participating in a Community Builders activity, they had no idea just how big an impact their work would have: building prosthetic hands for victims of landmines around the world.