Introducing Bamboo Cares: Bamboo Kicks Off the Holiday Season with New Corporate Giving Initiative

At Bamboo, we’ve pledged ourselves to an ideal that we call the
Bamboo Way. The Bamboo Way embodies our company’s commitment to collaborate with
organizations to ensure success in their SharePoint journey.  We realize, however, that collaboration and a
commitment to being a partner can, and should, extend beyond SharePoint.  As a result, in an effort to spread the Bamboo
Way beyond our doors, we’ve launched Bamboo
Cares
, a charitable arm of our organization committed to giving back to the
community.  Last month, with the involvement of our active Bamboo
volunteers, Bamboo had the opportunity to host our very first Bamboo Cares program:
a Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive to help a local organization, Cornerstones, provide a full Thanksgiving
meal to the less fortunate in our community. 
Based locally here in Reston, Cornerstones is a nonprofit organization
that promotes self-sufficiency providing support and advocacy for those in
need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human
services.

I’ll admit that since this was our first program and we
really wanted our kick-off to be successful, we decided to keep our goals
modest.  To help ensure that no one went
hungry this Thanksgiving, Bamboo committed to providing four local families a
Thanksgiving dinner.  For each family, volunteers
assembled and donated festive baskets that included the following items:

  • 3 cans assorted veggies and 2 cans fruit
  • 1 bottle cooking oil; 2 lb. bag of flour and 2
    lb. bag of sugar
  • 1 box instant potatoes or macaroni & cheese
    or stuffing
  • 1 box rice, 1 box biscuit or muffin mix
  • 1 snack (pretzels, chips, nuts, etc.)
  • 1 box of dessert mix
  • 1 $25 gift card to a local grocery store to go
    towards the purchase of a turkey/ham entrée

To say that the response from our organization was overwhelming
would be an understatement.  Due to the
generosity and commitment of Bamboo employees, we were not only able to provide
a full Thanksgiving dinner to 11 families, but also had plenty of extras that we were able to donate to a local
homeless shelter. 

I am personally so proud to be working among such selfless
individuals and am truly amazed and touched everyone’s commitment to
ensuring that everyone in community had a bountiful and happy Thanksgiving.  I am likewise happy to share that along with the
contributions from Bamboo and other organizations, Cornerstones was able to assist nearly 1000 families with their Thanksgiving
dinner in our region.

As an organization, we look forward to continuing to lend support
to local charitable organizations and providing the tools, supplies, and
volunteers needed to empower those in need to make positive life changes.  With the holiday season just around the corner,
Bamboo Cares looks forward to our second
corporate giving initiative:  a toy drive
in cooperation with Toys for Tots. All this
December, Bamboo’s Reston headquarters will be a drop-off location for toy
donations from not only our employees, but also any other individuals and
organizations interested in giving. We look forward to having yet another
successful drive and contributing to a joyous holiday season for the all.


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