Giving back is something that employees here at AppFolio are very passionate about. It’s because of this passion that we formed the Give Back Committee a couple years ago to focus these efforts on both local and international causes that need our help. While all three of our offices donate their time throughout the year to support local organizations, each year we choose one cause for our company-wide Give Back Event. This year, we’re raising money for Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030. Everyone in the company is encouraged to form groups and coordinate fundraising events, and the money raised will go toward thousands of meal packages. This year, the team in our San Diego office came up with some very unique (and successful) ways to raise funds. I wanted to highlight a few of the ideas, and maybe you can incorporate some of these into your next company giving event.
AppFolio Swag Sale
We love swag, and so does Damon Valenzona, one of the Directors of Engineering for MyCase, who has accumulated seven years worth of AppFolio and MyCase shirts, mugs, hoodies, and more. With his New Year’s Resolution to live simply and declutter, he wanted to support our cause by hosting a weeklong swag sale that raised $500! Those who purchased items were able to go home with a piece of AppFolio history.
Sunset Yoga with a View
The San Diego employees regularly host yoga classes and decided to take their practice to the great outdoors. A certified instructor along with our Engineering Experience Lead, Yevy Kopeleva, co-hosted a yoga flow at Kate Sessions Park overlooking the ocean. Twenty-five fellow yogis and their dogs came out and helped to raise $250.
Besides the top fundraisers, there was also a lunch Counter-Strike LAN party, a jar guessing game, and a ping pong tournament to help get to our $3,000 office goal! We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our colleagues in the San Diego AppFolio office!
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