Good Done Great has always had a culture focused on giving back. As a Benefit Corporation, we are held responsible for upholding environmental, social, and governance standards. We report our efforts to the nonprofit B Lab as they measure our impact against standards. As a company that provides technology for the greater good, our status as a B Corporation reflects who we are to our stakeholders and demonstrates our commitment to our clients.
This past month, in recognition of National Volunteer Month, Good Done Great expanded our give back culture and formally launched our volunteer program, Doing it Great. In order to determine cause areas, we distributed a survey to our employees to collect information on the cause areas closest to their hearts. After analyzing the data, we uncovered our top four cause areas: animal welfare, environmental stewardship, hunger relief, and education/mentoring. A fourth program (Volunteering Done Great) allows our employees to log hours not associated with any of these cause areas.
As part of our National Volunteer Month launch, we set a high bar of 100% participation across all three offices (Charleston, South Carolina, Tacoma, Washington, and Stuart, Florida.) Each office (including a remote employee based in Maine) completed at least one volunteer activity spanning two of our core focus areas: environmental stewardship and education and mentoring.
Here’s a recap of our volunteer events:
The Charleston office assembled 950 Clean Birth Kits for Global Health Charities, a nonprofit organization that provides healthcare for underserved markets in Southeast Asia and Nigeria. Their clean birth kit project provides pregnant mothers with a clean surface to give birth, helping to decrease the chance of infection. Check out our Facebook page for more photos of this event.
Several members of the Stuart office spent a beautiful Sunday morning collecting trash on Stuart Beach with Keep Martin Beautiful. They collected 11 bags of trash, amounting to seven pounds.
In addition to the Clean Birth Kit Assembly event, the Charleston office also participated in an oyster reef build on Gold Bug Island. In partnership with The Nature Conservancy and Charleston Waterkeeper, the GDG team in addition to other volunteer groups constructed over 200 feet of new living shoreline oyster reef. This reef is an expansion of work started in 2011, which will help the oyster populations and reduce the effects of coastal erosion.
In recognition of Earth Day, Joan, a Product Manager at Good Done Great, spent a cold day in Maine volunteering with the Island Heritage Trust. She and her volunteer group collected seven bags of trash along the local highway.
Our Tacoma office participated in the Pajama Bowl, an event which raises money to support foster children. Our team raised $270 for Treehouse Seattle, a nonprofit that supports ongoing education for foster children.
In total, we had 65% of Good Done Great Charleston, Tacoma, and Stuart employees participate in a month-long volunteer effort which supported foster children, the environment, and mothers in developing nations. Our impact demonstrates that no matter your company size, you can still make a difference!
Follow our volunteer journey with #DoingitGreat. You can view more volunteer photos on our Facebook page.