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Employees Embrace the Week of Giving Back
Ellie Mae’s Week of Giving Back has come and gone with resounding success. The week-long charity event connected Ellie Mae employees across the country with one goal: To give back to our communities in some way, shape or form throughout the week. The concept is simple: If everyone does just one thing during the week, big or small, we can make a company-wide difference across the country.
We're thrilled to share that we had over 800 charitable acts throughout the week, representing 70% of our employees.
Between October 16-21, Ellie Mae employees were encouraged to upload their Selfless Selfies to our intranet and share the Just One Thing they contributed to the cause. See some of the Selfless Selfies in our recap video which also explains the importance and impact of the Week of Giving Back:
Whether it’s donating an hour of time, a dollar to charity, or a pint of blood for those in need, numerous events were set up at Ellie Mae’s headquarters and at each office across the country to help employees achieve this goal. Here’s a final snapshot of what’s been done and how our employees have given back:
Alameda County Food Bank
On Monday Oct. 16 and Thursday Oct. 19, around 90 of our employees volunteered to help bag and sort food at the Alameda County Food Bank. By the end of both days, participants had bagged a grand total of 64,843 pounds of food (including carrots, assorted produce, lentils, pears, zucchini, bell peppers and apples) for our community.
Habitat for Humanity Playhouse Construction Build
Two groups of teammates exhibited great teamwork and skill building at the Habitat for Humanity Playhouse Construction Build on Tuesday, October 17. Teams drilled, painted, sanded and sawed until they each created a beautiful themed playhouse that would soon be given to a local family or community charity.
Habitat for Humanity Central Commons Build
On Wednesday, October 18, a team of ten employees helped paint, repair and refurbish homes in the Central Commons area of Fremont, CA.
Photography Club Headshots
Our Photography Club at Ellie Mae hosted a charity headshot event where employees could give a $10 or $20 donation to Ellie Mae Cares and have their professional headshots taken. Nearly 40 employees participated in the event and were able to update their headshots with great results.
Tech Exchange E-recycling
On Tuesday, October 17, Tech Exchange came onsite at Ellie Mae headquarters to accept gently used technology donations from employees to be recycled and refurbished. Employees donated several large carts’ worth of old laptops, computers, keyboards, tablets, and other electronics.
Alameda County Community Food Bank Drive
Donation bins were located at Ellie Mae Headquarters throughout the week collecting non-perishable foods for communities in need.
Blood Centers of the Pacific Blood Drive
Blood Centers of the Pacific came onsite at Ellie Mae Headquarters to host a blood drive for our Week of Giving Back. A total of 57 donors including Ellie Mae employees as well as guests from the business campus successfully donated their blood in support of a great cause.
Ellie Mae Cycling Wheels for Meals Ride
Employees joined the Ellie Mae Cycling team for the Wheels for Meals ride at Shadow Cliffs park on Saturday, October 21. Riders completed their choice of 15, 35 or 70 mile routes to help feed and support homebound seniors in the area.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walk
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walk took place on Saturday, October 21 in Walnut Creek. Several Ellie Mae employees joined the team to walk and raise money in support of lifesaving leukemia and lymphoma research.
Outside of Pleasanton, our Ellie Mae offices across the country participated in the Week of Giving Back as well. Our teams in Irvine and Parsippany coordinated trips to their local food banks. Eagan and St. Louis held non-perishable food drives throughout the week at their offices. Omaha and Calabasas hosted fun incentives for employees to donate to fundraisers. El Segundo teams volunteered with A Place Called Home to help clean up storage rooms in the greater LA area. San Diego held a Kitchen and Pantry Item Drive benefitting the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Even our field employees took part in some way. Teams within hub areas organized their own local events to participate in. Employees also had the option of donating money to any 501c3 that means something important to them, or to various Ellie Mae-supported drives including the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief, Habitat for Humanity Hurricane Relief, and The Las Vegas Victims’ Fund.
I’d like to extend a heartfelt thanks to our employees, partners and teams who have contributed and helped support this cause. It has been incredibly inspiring to see our staff come together and focus on giving back to our communities for one whole week. Through our collective efforts and contributing Just One Thing, we were able to make a massive difference.