In the midst of the holiday season and heading toward a new year, as many focus on giving back to others in need, I’d like to share a few examples of how our employees are making a difference in their local communities.
Across the United States, McAfee employees took part in our November “Virtual Food Drive.” For every dollar donated to a food bank, they can use that dollar to purchase up to $25 in equivalent food purchases (through bulk and wholesale purchasing). Through the Virtual Food Drive, our employees contributed the food donation equivalence of up to $143,750 to local food banks in North Texas, Silicon Valley, Beaverton, Oregon, Orange County, California and New York City.
In Silicon Valley, our employees took part in several community initiatives recently, including participation in the annual Family Giving Tree toy drive, an effort that delivers approximately 75,000 gifts to children in need in the Bay Area. This involved both toy donations and employee team volunteering at the Family Giving Tree warehouse. Our holiday party even included a children’s book drive, through which our employees donated several boxes overflowing with books for children in San Francisco public schools, through the San Francisco School Volunteers program.
In Texas, our employees have been busy in the local community. In November, they supplemented our Virtual Food Drive by participating in a traditional food drive to collect food donations and gift cards to benefit Samaritan Inn, Collin County’s only homeless shelter. In December, our Plano team took part in a holiday toy drive, which collected 238 toy donations to benefit WFAA’s Santa’s Helpers. The organization collects toys for children throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth counties of Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton.
Several other offices in the U.S. and Canada also have given back to their local communities this season. In the Pacific Northwest, our employees in Beaverton, Oregon participated in the Family Giving Tree online toy drive to benefit the Bradley-Angle House, Portland Public Schools Head Start, Goose Hollow Family Shelter and Trillium Family Services. Our Miami, Florida employees donated boxes and bags of toys and gifts to benefit Toys for Tots of Miami. Finally, the employee team in Waterloo, Canada participated in a Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, an organization serving the 47,000 people living below the poverty line.
We always talk about how our employees are the brains and the heart of McAfee. I’m sure you can see why.
Best wishes from McAfee for a Happy New Year!