This is a brief add-on to the great post from my colleague Alex earlier this week. Seeing the different charitable projects run from each office reminds me why I’ve been with SHIFT for the past 5 years. The company finds good people – not just good at what they do – but good in the very best sense of the word. SHIFTers care about the quality of their work and the quality of life for others.
Community is a word you see thrown out quite a bit in the social media space. What is important is to not lose sense of the physical community you are a part of. If you are fortunate enough to be reading or writing a blog, then you should always remember that you have it better than a lot of other people in this world. The Boston office this year conducted a drive for the Greater Boston Food Bank and as part of efforts learned some pretty scary eastern MA statistics:
* 320,000 people or 7% of the population uses emergency food programs annually
* More than one in three households served has a child under the age of 18
* Over 10% of those who receive emergency food assistance are 65 or older
* 57% of the people served have to choose between food and rent, medicine, or heat
* 84% have a place to live but cannot get the food they need
Thanks again to all of you for making a difference. Happy Holidays!