At Vecna Robotics we aim to bring holiday cheer to everyone, that is why we choose to support our community through a season of giving. The challenges of 2020 meant that more people are facing hardships and look for the support of others lend a hand.
Our season of giving kicked off with employee-led initiatives running up to the holidays. Vecna Robotics encouraged employees to embrace the season by generously donating to Toys for Tots, Cradles to Crayons, and The Middlesex Human Service Agency.
Toys For Tots requests new and unwrapped toys for underprivileged children to receive on Christmas. In this past year, The Marine Toys for Tots Program collected and distributed 19 million toys to 7.3 million children allowing them to experience the joy of Christmas and receive a message of hope that otherwise would not have been there. Since 2001 Toys for Tots has ranked as one of the top rated charities by “Philanthropy 400.” Our Team at Vecna Robotics supported Toys For Tots by filling a giant sized donation box to help fulfil their mission of spreading joy.
Cradles to Crayons aims to mitigate clothing insecurity by collecting everyday essentials for local children. The organization has served over 1,700,000 children since 2002. This year, our team supported Cradles to Crayons by collecting Outfit Packs comprised of 4 shirts, 2 pairs of pants, and 1 sweater/sweatshirt, and Pajama Packs containing 1 pair of pajamas, 1 pack of underwear, and 1 pack of socks. These clothing packs are equivalent to about one weeks worth of clothing for a child. Vecna Robotics partnered with this organization and successfully collected 25 outfit packs and 25 pajama packs for local children.
The Middlesex Human Service Agency provides 13 shelter, recovery and nutrition programs in MA, primarily in the Waltham area. The mission of MHSA is to improve the quality of life and independent functioning of a wide variety of clients through the delivery of an extensive system of community-based substance abuse and social service programs. This year, Vecna Robotics partnered with MHSA and collected 2 giant sized boxes of nonperishable food and household items.
Our Season of Giving efforts were a success thanks to the hard work of all our great employees who led and organized theses initiatives and those who supported the programs through participation. Community service is a core value at Vecna Robotics and we will continue to support our employee-led initiatives in the new year.
Read about other successful service efforts we have supported in the past here.
Donated items at Vecna Robotics
Giving back is a core part of the company culture at Vecna Robotics, and employee-led service initiatives are met with overwhelming support from our staff.
This fall, a book drive for More Than Words was led by Elizabeth Pelberg-Schariter, Talent Acquisition Manager. Her inspiration for the book drive came from an experience that she believed many people could relate to. “During a recent move, I found I had a lot of books that my family was no longer using. Figuring I had colleagues in the same situation, I arranged a drive that would give these books a second life,” she said. “By donating to MTW, not only do the books go to a new home, but the kids in their job training program get practical work experience. It’s a win-win!”
More Than Words is a nonprofit job training and youth development program that empowers nearly 350 youth each year to take charge of their lives by operating a $4M bookselling business. More Than Words works with the most vulnerable young adults in Greater Boston: those who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school. Youth involved in the program hold a paying job and gain valuable experience working and learning business skills such as customer service, technology, inventory management, and leadership skills.
Organizations like More Than Words depend on the donations and generosity of the public to achieve their goals.
The team at Vecna Robotics rallied in support of the book drive and together filled our large collection bin with a wide variety of book donations. The Covid-19 pandemic prevented our volunteers from dropping off donations inside the Waltham More Than Words location however, social distance friendly drop off worked out well!
Discover more about More Than Words and how you can get involved here.