Zynga Gives Back
Zynga employees took time off from their busy schedules to show that they’re “All <3,” during the Zynga Week of Service (September 29 to October 5). Zyngites from San Francisco to Beijing, Dublin to Bangalorerolled up their sleeves, getting involved in heart-filled projects. From painting two giant, colorful mural in urban playgrounds -- with the help of some enthusiastic kids -- to preparing meals at a local homeless shelter, more than 450 Zynga employees around the world donated more than 2,500 hours of their time (and gads of positive energy!) to make the first-ever Week of Service, spearheaded by Zynga.org, a truly inspiring success.
There was so much goodness during the week-long initiative:
In San Francisco and New York, Zynga teamed up with KaBOOM! and the Mission YMCA (San Francisco) and Hour Children (New York) to assemble an entire playground in a single day (!), turning a plain, uninspired patches of asphalt into an inviting, playful spot for neighborhood kids to unwind and run around in circles.
In Seattle, ZArcade team members worked with a nonprofit that helps out babies and kids in need to sort through piles of donations and unpack car seats.
In Beijing, the Zynga office hosted an educational field trip for kids from a local group serving migrant children.
In Bangalore, Zynga employees showed children from a local shelter a great time with fun art activities and big doses of attention.
Employees in Boston; Dublin, Ireland; McKinney, Texas; San Francisco and Toronto have gotten involved with local homeless shelters and food pantries, and in San Diego, they spent a couple of days at the local Ronald McDonald House cooking meals for families and doing art projects with kids. Volunteers in Dallas led an art therapy session for adults with special needs. In San Francisco, employees helped job seekers brush up their resumes interview skills; gave career talks to students from Year Up, a program that connects at-risk youth with opportunities in tech; assembled more than 700 science kits for a Girls, Inc. initiative to get girls psyched about math and science; and spent a morning getting 2nd and 3rd graders jazzed about reading.
In Los Angeles, the team walked in a Strut Your Mutt event to raise money for pet rescue efforts, and are also planning on participating in a beach clean-up. Zynga employees in Austin, Eugene, Dublin, San Francisco have also helped out with animal welfare organizations and even paid a visit to the San Francisco Zoo, to help restore the grizzle bear exhibit. Yowzers.
The list goes on and on, proving that Zynga employees really are "All <3" as advertised on their volunteer t-shirts. Zynga.org also did a great job letting employees know about an organization called Sparked.com that lets people volunteer small chunks of their time to nonprofits that need professional services like graphic design or editing, right from the comfort of their own desk.
As a company that makes fun, social games, it feels right -- and natural -- to work to make the real world a happier, more compassionate place. Here's to more playing it forward with Zynga.org!