Highlights from Global Action Week at ForgeRock
ForgeRockers are a passionate and powerful crew! We showed what we can do to make a difference in our communities during our recent Global Action Week where we took time out of our regular schedules to give back.
Employees across the globe put on their masks and ventured out into their communities to clean up parks and schools, feed the hungry, mentor, volunteer at animal sanctuaries, advocate for STEM programs in schools, or support the elderly. The pandemic meant a course correction for some of our ideas, but together we logged more than 200 volunteer hours service worldwide over the course of five days.
ForgeRockers Give Back
“While this year has been a tough one for everyone, we recognized that it was more important to our employees than ever to give back to the communities, organizations and initiatives that meant the most to them. I am extremely proud of the CSR team’s ability to react to the changing environment and still host a dynamic and rewarding Global Action Week that has empowered so many ForgeRock employees to take action and make a difference.” - Ben Hutchings, CSR Lead & People Program Manager
"I hiked about 42km in the Lake District over three days carrying everything we needed for the trip in our backpacks. During the hike I used the app Charity Miles to raise over $500 for a global organization called Girl Up. I chose Girl Up, as they are a movement to advance girls' skills, rights, and opportunities to be leaders. As someone who identifies as female within both the STEM industry, and hiking community - both areas where female representation is the minority - this is an important cause I feel particularly close with.” - Becky Maund, Senior Support Engineer
“I spent the day volunteering at Odd Man Inn Animal Refuge in Washougal, WA. They are a nonprofit farm sanctuary, adoption shelter, and wildlife rehab center. Odd Man Inn has a special place in my heart for taking in abused animals that have no other place to go. I had the pleasure of making sure all of the animals were happy, healthy, comfortable, and felt safe and right at home by cleaning their living quarters, passing out meals, and providing pets with the love and pampering they deserve.” - Krismy Botkin, Software Engineer
“I took a two man canoe down to the Bristol Harbour and taped some bin bags to the front seat of my canoe, and with the power of oars and a small net I paddled across the harbour cleaning rubbish from the water. Being in the center of the city, it can often fall prey to people mistaking the river for a garbage bin. This is a shame because there is actually a lot of wildlife on and under the water. By the end, I was tired but extremely satisfied with the amount of refuse I had collected. It's something I'd definitely do again.” - George Knight, HR Technology & Data Manager
“A few coworkers and I spent the morning cleaning up Dolores Park in San Francisco. Many San Francisco residents don’t have yards or gardens, so public parks become our refuge when we want to (safely) get some fresh air. A lot of work goes into maintaining these spaces, and I felt that it was important to give back to the place that has helped my mental and physical health during this time.” - Greta Sohn, Content Marketing Manager
In addition to actively giving back to their communities, ForgeRockers also participated in a speaker series. Throughout the week, we hosted four virtual discussions. We learned about busting the mental health stigma from Tara Robinson from Changes Bristol. We also spoke with Tiffany Dawson about how to promote gender equality in STEM. Felisia Castaneda from Recology San Francisco taught us how we can all make small changes that impact the environment. And we closed out the week with a powerful discussion about racism and DE&I with Kevin Withane.
550 Hours Dedicated
By the end of the week, we had spent more than 200 hours volunteering and more than 300 combined hours learning. Global Action Week is a terrific extension of our purpose as a company to help people access the connected world - safely and simply.
I’m so proud of our collective efforts and can’t wait to see what we accomplish next year!
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