Verisk Volunteer Week
In 2019, we sponsored our sixth annual Verisk Volunteer Week—a resounding success across the company and around the world—in places as diverse as Australia, Canada, Israel, Nepal, Spain, and the United Kingdom as well as virtually all our locations in the United States.
The week provided an outstanding way to encourage teamwork and promote workplace volunteerism and employee engagement. More than 1,400 employees contributed 5,200-plus hours in 60 local communities across 16 countries to help in food pantries, homeless shelters, parks, children’s homes, schools, hospitals, veterans’ facilities, wildlife reserves, and animal shelters.
Here are just a few of the activities that took place around the world:
Staff members collaborated with the Asociación Infantil Oncológica de Madrid (ASION) to prepare for the association’s annual solidarity festival. The festival helps raise funds to improve the lives of children with cancer. Volunteers collected gifts and donations from companies and helped organize and sell items at the festival.
Employees also volunteered at the Madrid Food Bank, packing orders for distribution to social canteens and food-insecure families as well as organizing and stocking food. Other employees donated blood at the Alcorcon Hospital Foundation.
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Verisk Financial | G2 employees volunteered with Food Lifeline, sorting through and repackaging cucumbers and unloading baked goods. They also picked through open bags of lettuce, containers of blueberries, and boxes of other produce that grocery stores can no longer sell. Volunteers then weighed produce that could be recycled or earmarked for food banks. Food Lifeline then distributed the food that G2 staff and volunteers from other organizations repackaged, providing 16,578 meals to those in need.
Colleagues volunteered with Comfort Cases, a national organization that provides book bags of essential items to children in foster care. Volunteers put together kits to go in the book bags. The kits included first-night necessities, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, a teddy bear, and a blanket.
Boston, Lexington, and North Reading, Massachusetts
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AIR employees prepared meals for Community Servings, a nonprofit food and nutrition program providing meals to critically ill patients.
Volunteers at AIR and PowerAdvocate in Boston, AER in Lexington, and ISO in North Reading also spent the day at Dress for Success, an international nonprofit that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work and life. They helped with the organization’s semiannual inventory liquidation sale, organized the items, and hung and sorted clothing and accessories.
Other AIR employees spent part of the afternoon answering questions from students who completed the Wentworth RAMP summer program. RAMP gives students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with college coursework, develop a network of classmates from similar backgrounds, and immerse themselves earlier in campus life.
PowerAdvocate colleagues volunteered with the Esplanade Association, a nonprofit group dedicated to maintaining and improving the Charles River Esplanade. About 30 volunteers spent the day raking leaves, picking up litter, and removing invasive plants along the Esplanade.
iiX employees volunteered for several organizations. At Elder-Aid, they painted the exterior of a client’s home. At Special Olympics Texas Fall Classic, they helped judge the event’s bocce competition. And at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, volunteers hosted a mobile blood drive. At the Brazos Valley Food Bank, staff sorted and boxed fresh vegetables and other groceries for families needing food assistance.
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Colleagues braved the humidity to help clean a children’s park near the office. Volunteers commented that the humidity didn’t stop them from getting the work done in record time.
Jersey City, New Jersey
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During the Foundation for Hospital Art PaintFest, volunteers collaborated on paintings for the children’s wing of a local medical center. The colorful and cheerful paintings of dolphins, hot-air balloons, and hummingbirds will brighten up the surroundings for the children and their families.
At the local Boys and Girls Club, volunteers helped students with a variety of after-school activities, including helping with homework, creating résumés, and playing games in the gym.
Other employees prepared and served lunch at the Hoboken Homeless Shelter, beautified the city’s green spaces with the Jersey City Parks Coalition, cleaned kennels at the Liberty Humane Society, weeded and planted bulbs at Liberty State Park, knitted blankets for children in need, and prepared and served meals, washed dishes, and removed trash at The Bowery Mission.
Volunteers visited the Bal Bikas Kendra orphanage, showing the children how to operate a personal computer. The group also donated clothes, bed sheets, and sanitary and stationery goods to the orphanage.
Other staff members volunteered at the Nepal Children’s Organization (NCO), preparing dinner for more than 100 orphans. NCO is a nonprofit committed to improving the lives of orphaned, abandoned, and conflict-affected children in Nepal.
Staff members volunteered with Project C.U.R.E., a nonprofit humanitarian relief organization. Volunteers organized new donations while others sorted medical supplies into bins for packing and shipping to Africa, the Middle East, and Russia.
Other employees volunteered with Freedom Service Dogs of America, a Denver-area charitable organization dedicated to rescuing dogs and training them as service dogs for people with disabilities. Volunteers fixed dog beds and reorganized the shed to make room for dog crates.
Employees volunteered with the Spitalfields Crypt Trust, a charity organization that helps people facing homelessness and alcohol and drug addiction transform their lives. This year, volunteers worked with the charity’s thrift shops to help boost sales. They assisted with opening the shops, managing the cash registers, selecting items for customers, selling hot drinks and homemade cakes and cookies, and playing music outside to encourage people passing by to come in. Employees helped increase sales by as much as 40 percent in just one day.
Employees volunteered at the Native Animal Rescue, a nonprofit wildlife center dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of sick, injured, orphaned, and displaced wildlife. Volunteers spent the day painting the center’s future education room and meeting the native animals to learn more about preserving their habitats. The new education room will provide a space for wildlife career training and for school programs to learn about the importance of wildlife conservation.
Verisk 3E employees volunteered for a cleanup day at Vitosha Mountain, where they collected garbage in the lower parts of the mountain and rest areas. Volunteers commented that other people exploring the mountain were appreciative of the group’s efforts to clean up the mountain pathways.
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Volunteers returned to Whitely Village, a local retirement community that supports older people of limited means to live independently. The group helped with activities such as painting, gardening, exercise classes, and bingo.
Tel Aviv, Israel
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Staff volunteered with the Institute for the Advancement of Education in Jaffa, a nonprofit social services agency dedicated to assisting underserved children and families in the greater Jaffa area. Volunteers partnered with the Institute’s food distribution center to deliver food packages to families in need in Tel Aviv/Jaffa.
White Plains, New York
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Colleagues volunteered at the Food Bank for Westchester, sorting and packing donated food for distribution to families, individuals, and seniors in need.
Volunteers also spent a day at a Habitat for Humanity construction site of a two-family home, installing and painting siding and digging a hole around the home to install the concrete pillar for a patio.