Verisk Volunteer Week
In 2018, we sponsored our fifth 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 1,450 employees contributed 5,000-plus hours in 70 local communities across 17 countries to help in food pantries, homeless shelters, parks, children’s homes, schools, hospitals, veterans’ facilities, wildlife reserves, and animal shelters.
Here’s a sampling of activities. See more in our 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.
Staff members participated at the Nepal Children’s Organization (NCO), cleaning up the playground, painting walls, and preparing dinner for more than 100 orphans. NCO is a non-governmental organization committed to improving the lives of orphaned, abandoned, and conflict-affected children in Nepal by providing extensive childcare and development programs.
Employees braved the weather to work on Habitat for Humanity’s landscaping and building projects in Lehi and Springville, Utah. One group rolled up their sleeves and laid 4,000 square feet of sod. Another group took hammer and nails and framed a house. Volunteers commented that the cold didn’t stop them from getting the work done.
Volunteers also helped make bunk beds for Sleep in Heavenly Peace, taught coding basics at multiple elementary schools for Hour of Code, and created princess and wizard wands for sick children at American Fork Hospital.
Employees volunteered at the Association of Volunteers for Children’s Oncology (AVOI), a charity that supports Malaga children’s hospitals. Volunteers entertained and spent quality time with the hospitalized children, who come from Malaga, Ceuta, and Melilla.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Employees volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House for sick children and their families. Throughout the week, some volunteers cleaned common areas where the children and their families spend quality time after difficult days. Others cleaned the outdoor playground, where they raked leaves, washed and stored toys, and helped winterize the premises.
Argus and Wood Mackenzie
Colleagues volunteered at the Sydney Dogs and Cats Home, a not-for-profit pound and community facility, where they interacted with the animals, walked the dogs, and cleaned out the kennels. The home has been taking care of Sydney’s lost, abandoned, and neglected pets since 1946 and prides itself in never placing a time limit on any animal awaiting adoption.
Tel Aviv, Israel
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Staff volunteered at Leket Israel, an organization that specializes in collecting nutritious surplus food and distributing it to those in need. Volunteers sorted and packaged production overages of vegetables and fruits, which were then sent to homeless shelters, soup kitchens, centers for the elderly, battered women’s centers, community help organizations, and schools for at-risk youth throughout Israel.