Dept Cares Day 2018
The DeptCares Day is that one specific day a year where we provide our employees with the opportunity to make the world a better place by volunteering for different initiatives. From donating possessions to donating hours: we do what we do best, using our time and expertise to help one another. This year, we are doing it bigger and better than ever: organising the DeptCares Day for Dept worldwide!
This year, the DeptCares Day will be held on the 8th of December. Since December is all about holiday festivities, we want to do something in return for those who have limited resources in enjoying the holiday season. And, did you know that December is the largest giving month of the year? So this is the perfect opportunity to share your holiday spirit with others.
Last year, during the DeptCares Day, Depsters made a lot of people happy by working on brilliant ideas during a Hackathon for Justdiggit as well as by decorating houses of elderly in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Berlin. To refresh your memory, check out last year’s after movie!
No, this is not another obligated December-event, whether or not you participate is all up to you. But in case you have some hours to spare on December 8th, make sure to put the DeptCares Day in your calendar. Obviously, if you choose to do so, you will be rewarded with many karma points!
Is your city participating? Let’s have a look:
- United Kingdom – Manchester – contact person Fatima Adam
- Ireland – Dublin – contact person Anna Pospieszynsmka
- Republic of Macedonia – Skopje – contact person Jasna Tanevska
- Germany – Cologne – contact person
Sandra Katherine Romero
- Denmark, Copenhagen, contact person Line Grastveit Rosenkvist
- Germany – Hamburg – contact person Sandra Felber
- Germany – Jena – contact person Charlotte Schad
- Germany – Berlin – contact person Katrin Klingschat
- Switzerland – Zürich – contact person Bettina Baric
- The Netherlands – Rotterdam – contact person Claartje Sabaroedin & Sacha van den Broek
- The Netherlands – Amsterdam – contact person Emmie ‘t Hooft
- The Netherlands – Veenendaal – contact person Marijke Berghmans
Rotterdam / Amsterdam / Veenendaal
The Dutch offices teamed up with the Salvation Army’s Goodwill Centre to help out those in need, by cooking and serving a lovely dinner for homeless people. Ten other Depsters organized an eight-hour hackathon for WWF, that ended in tons of creative ideas and smart concepts.
The Zurich office spent half a day in the zoo together with around 40 refugees from many different countries, who could not afford such activities in their daily lives. A very learnful day, both for the refugees as for the Depsters!
The Cologne team gathered clothes and toys for the Red Cross and took a group of Albanian families – represented by the Red Cross – to the Odysseum museum, where they saw a lot of smiling faces. Until the next DeptCares Day, they will keep gathering clothes to donate them to the Red Cross.
The Hamburg office brightened up a retirement home with some nice festive lighting, decorations, fresh flowers, and – of course – some good ‘ol Christmas songs. While one group was assisting with the handcraft, the other group helped baking cookies. They stayed over for lunch and had a great time together!
For the Macedonian Red Cross, the Skopje office collected used clothes, bought groceries and cooked meals for the homeless. More than 140 homeless people received their lunch the next day.
Our colleagues in Jena supported a local school during their Nicholas Market. Packed with glühwein and coffee for them to sell, they had a lot of fun together. The earnings are being used for their modernization program.
An interesting and moving day for our Depsters in Berlin, who helped out in the central kitchen of the many emergency shelters for homeless people. Another group of colleagues made Christmas tree decorations with children and other Depsters visited a refugee center, where they donated clothes for the residents and spent the day painting a room for a future donations store.
Our colleagues in Copenhagen donated big bags of clothes to Kirkens Koshær, whose sales go to, among other things, homeless people in Denmark and children from homes with a low income.
The Mustard Tree is doing a great job to combat poverty and create opportunity. That’s why the Manchester office donated items and assisted the soup kitchen for a day. Also, they wrapped and delivered many gifts to distribute to homeless people in crisis this Christmas.
The Dublin office collected pre-loved and new items across the office for a local Enable Ireland shop. After a week of collecting items, the team reviewed and delivered the items to the charity shop, which will be sold to support national services for children and adults with disabilities.
WHAT (IS MORE)?
The DeptCares Day is part of the bigger DeptCares program. Within this program, we are supporting local initiatives through volunteering projects such as helping Stichting Jarig Job and organising the DeptCares Day. Moreover, DeptCares is also about putting our expertise to work at impactful clients and non-profit organisations like JINC, Justdiggit and Heroes & Friends.