What does Egen love almost as much as the cloud? Working together to give back to ourcommunity. 2020 has been exceptionallyhard for a lot of people. This holidayseason, Egen partnered with two non-profit organizations to make things a littleeasier for the people around us. Our2020 charitable initiative, Egen Gives Back, chose two important causes.
OperationWarm provides brand-new coatsto children in need to give them physical and emotional warmth, confidence tosocialize and succeed, and hope for a brighter future. In 2019, OW received150,000 requests for coats; This year, they have received 365,000 requests and 55,000of them directly within the Chicago community.
Egen set a goal of raising$1,000. This would provide warm, sturdycoats to fifty children ages 3 to 5 at a local head start center. Egen calledupon individual team members to support our community, and they answered. Atthe end of our two-week fundraiser, we received double our goal from individualcontributions alone. With Egen’s match, we have raised over $4,000 that goes directlytoward keeping children warm this winter.
Meals on WheelsChicago
Due to the financialburden COVID-19 has caused for so many, Egen wanted to be mindful about askingfor monetary donations while still giving back to our community. Mealson Wheels Chicago deliversmeals to 10,000 elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities annuallyin our community. 84% of the recipients say that the Meals on Wheels driver isthe only human contact they have all week.
Egen participated in MOWC’s “Love Notes” program, where employees wrote personalized messages to be delivered to clients throughout Chicago. Often, the only human interaction these clients have all week is with the meal delivery driver; these notes provide them with more human connection. As a whole, Egen decorated 724 notes.
Our 2 week “charitablesprint” was one of the ways Egen could say thank you to the people in ourcommunity. Thanks to everyone whoparticipated!