Our RAND Gives Back volunteers have been busy the last couple of months. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, RAND has remained committed to our goal of volunteering and donating 1% of our gross billing to charitable organizations that are important to our staff through our RAND Gives Back initiative. We have fully adapted to participate in socially distanced and virtual volunteering and fundraising.
January: Virtual Field Day
This January, we spent an inspiring virtual field day with young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have lost their ability to leave their homes and enjoy community activities because of the pandemic. The Arc Westchester provides programming designed to foster independence, productivity, and participation in community life. To engage and connect with members of the community to help prevent isolation and regression, RGB volunteers played trivia and music games and had a fun time getting to know a special group. We have two more upcoming events, and are looking forward to them!
February: Valentines for Seniors
With so many people away from their families and in need of a little extra love, RGB decided to play cupid this past Valentine's Day! We partnered with Peconic Landing, a nursing home in Greenport, NY, and created handmade Valentines, which were then delivered to the residents and healthcare heroes at Peconic Landing.
March: Making Blankets for Children
And most recently, we put together no-sew blankets for children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or are otherwise in need via Project Linus. Volunteers made blankets at home, in the office, and as a group over Zoom. Together we donated 24 blankets to Project Linus.
Thank you to all our volunteers, you've made a difference to all those whose lives you have touched.
Isabelle Walsh is RAND's Human Resources Manager.