One of our values here at Sprout Social is to champion diversity, equity and inclusion. We believe that beyond the internal work we do for our employees, equity is about how we engage with the world and community around us. Our goal is to ensure that we’re using our privilege and resources to support the communities within which we live.
To support this goal, we recently introduced a volunteer program called Sprout Serves. Our team has made a commitment to complete 10,000 service hours between now and the end of 2020, and our Dublin team recently led the charge with their very first service day.
On the heels of our successful Philanthropy Week, our Dublin team partnered with a local charity called Dublin Simon Community. Their mission is to provide access to homes for individuals and families experiencing homelessness and make sure they’re able to stay in their homes once settled. Our team was especially passionate about partnering with this group since their mission is to lift up people in need from the local community.
A representative from the Dublin Simon Community gave our team an overview of the services they provide and shared more information on the homelessness epidemic in Ireland. While this was an emotional talk, you could feel the sense of pride from our team on their choice to rally for such a prevalent cause.
On a Wednesday afternoon, the entire Dublin team happily set aside two hours of their time to help support the cause. With over 10,000 people experiencing homelessness in Ireland, we knew that access to basic resources like healthcare and hygiene products were scarce. We decided to come together and create care packages for those in need and worked with our local pharmacy to purchase toothbrushes, toothpaste, wet wipes, shower gel, deodorant and sanitary pads. We explained why we were purchasing these items in bulk and they were more than happy to provide us with these items at cost.