Bluewolf’s Corporate Social Responsibility in Action at Family House
About a month ago, a team of Bluewolfers organized a volunteer event with a Bluewolf client, Family House. Family House is a non-profit organization that provides temporary housing to families of seriously ill children who are receiving treatment at UCSF Children's Hospital.
The inspiration behind this volunteer event was a simple one: sharing a meal with the families at Family House. Bluewolfers would prepare dinner for the families, and spend time with them playing board games. After receiving overwhelming support and enthusiasm from the San Francisco team, I went ahead and planned the event.
On the day of the event, 20 Bluewolfers made it out to Family House — armed with lasagna, salad, and homemade cookies. Upon arrival, we immediately felt a warm welcome from the families. Pretty soon, the children were climbing all over us, teaching us how to play their favorite board games and giving “hair makeovers” in a makeshift salon.
“Look dad! Look at me, I’m flying!” Rachel shouted, high upon Kerry’s and Bryanna’s shoulders. Her dad smiled before turning to me to say, “This is just what she needed.” Rachel’s little sister, Maria, was receiving treatment for a rare blood disease at UCSF. With all the time her family had been spending in the hospital, it meant a lot to the family to share a meal with a group of enthusiastic volunteers.
Upon leaving Family House, Bluewolfers and the families were all grinning from ear to ear. We enjoyed getting to know the families, while they enjoyed the liveliness that we had brought. Moreover, the team at Family House really appreciated that we volunteered our time to support their cause.
Internally, volunteering also helped us bond as a team in a different way than we do in the office; it was extremely valuable and beneficial to spend time with each other outside of the office, while still working collaboratively towards a common goal.
Of all my learns from organizing the event, nothing stood out to me more than the realization that we can make a tremendous impact with the incredible team that we have at Bluewolf. With the sustained support of Bluewolf and its many team members, we have been able to formalize our CSR efforts into a new program called Pack Gives Back. Since launching the program, the San Francisco office alone has spent over 100 hours mentoring youth from the Bay Area. It is extremely exciting to realize the significant impact that Bluewolf can make in the lives of young people. The expansion of the Pack Gives Back program provides the platform for Bluewolfers from offices across the country to volunteer. Ultimately, it’s the effort of every Bluewolf member that makes programs like this successful. Interested in learning more about Bluewolf’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts? contact us or check out our philanthropy work.