‘Tis the Season… for giving back
December 19, 2017
To cap off a successful (and charitable) 2017, Turner employees are stepping up in a big way across the U.S. to give back to their local communities – part of the company’s Season of Giving initiative.
Last month in Atlanta, more than 30 volunteers (all smiles and decked out in their benevolent blue Turner shirts) made sure families got the chance to experience all the fixings of a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Volunteers helped serve lunch to the children and families of Our House, a preschool and support program for homeless and transitioning families.
One of those volunteers – CNN editor/producer Gwen Anderson Warren – led the operation from her outpost in the kitchen, divvying up duties like passing out the turkey to scooping mashed potatoes.
“My favorite time of the year is the holiday season because it’s the time when people are most willing to go above and beyond and give,” says Warren. “For me, If I can just help one person, then I’ve done my job.”
Throughout the holiday season in Atlanta and New York, Turner Vets – one of Turner’s nine Business Resource Groups (BRGs) – held its annual toy drive to support the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. More than 1,000 toys were collected during the campaign, bringing priceless amounts of joy to children in need.
Employees in Los Angeles also created paint-by-number murals in support of the Foundation for Hospital Art, while Atlanta employees donated, wrapped, and delivered hundreds of gifts for KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Metro Atlanta charter schools to benefit nearly 200 people in 40 families.
“Volunteering at KIPP’s Adopt-A-Family program is what Turner is all about. We work hard together throughout the year and then come together to make a direct impact on members of our community,” says Adam Cohn, V.P. – Corporate Finance.
At Turner, giving back to the communities where employees live and work is a core company virtue. Employees can take up to 40 paid hours (five days) each year to volunteer. From reading books to children to planting trees to coding websites, there’s a volunteer option out there for everyone.