Discover Your Impact (June 17, 2011)

What type of impact can you have on your local community?  Customer Ops employees had an opportunity to find out as we joined over 3000 Discovery employees internationally who participated in the second annual “Discover Your Impact Day” and volunteered at numerous projects local to their respective offices.

I caught up with about 100 of my co-workers who arrived at Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, MD, a historic amusement park that is now used for arts and cultural programs run by the Glen Echo Park Partnership in conjunction with the National Park Service and Montgomery County, MD.  Our fearless leaders divided us into 4 teams to divide and conquer — the green thumbs among us landscaped the grounds including a “Living Classroom”, while the would-be Rembrandts painted classroom buildings, and others got dirty to clean the famous amusements and historic buildings.

Some of us worked side by side with Katherine and Sophie from the TLC show “DC cupcakes” and all of us got to share in some delicious cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake.   (The salted caramel was worth every calorie!)

We were also treated to a great history of Glen Echo Park by Dave Leathers and a ride on the 1921 Dentzel Carousel to top off a fabulous day of hard work for a great cause.

Some of the Level One team headed to the Boys and Girls Club of Silver Spring to paint the very (VERY!!) yellow play room for the kids from 5-18 that frequent to clubs after school and summer programs.  The team of about 15 divided the duties of cleaning walls and putting up painters’ tape to outline the two “racing stripes” of silver that would add a little life to the green background.

Here is the team patiently awaiting instruction:

The perfect example of Team Work :

Not bad for a day’s work, and the kids seemed to like it too!

Michael V. headed downtown to work with a handful of other employees for “Suited for Change”, an organization that provides professional clothing and education to low-income women.  He and 8 other volunteers spent the majority of their day stuffing over 1000 bags with basic toiletry items to be distributed at the center.

Some of our support employees made an impact without ever leaving the office!  Our Customer Support lines were still open and a few team members stayed behind to keep everything afloat.  They pulled double-duty, taking care of our day-to-day operations while also participating in some on-site activities.  Payal and Bill helped create cards for “NIH Children’s Inn Cards Project” and Pierre helped to save lives by donating blood at our Silver Spring headquarters.

It’s been awhile since I worked for a company that gave back to the community in such an organized fashion and I couldn’t be happier to have participated.  You don’t have to wait for an organized event to make a difference.  How will you make an impact?