It’s hard to imagine not having everyday personal care items like soap, shampoo or a toothbrush. However, for many in the Bay Area, this is a harsh reality. Everyone deserves to have these and other basic necessities.
In November 2016, we harnessed the collective power of Stanford’s service-oriented employees and launched the first-ever Cardinal at Work Cares campaign. The campaign kicked off on November 1 by encouraging employees to collect personal care items, which we hope will make a small difference in the lives of those who need them most.
The initiative culminated on November 29, #GivingTuesday, the global day of giving back, with a special campus-wide volunteer event to sort and assemble care packs to benefit families at the Ronald McDonald House and local CityTeam homeless shelters. The goal for the day was to donate 500 care packs, but with the help of our volunteers, we assembled 700 care packs and 20 family-sized packs. Many thanks to the volunteers and CaW Ambassadors who championed this effort.
CaW Cares Giving Campaign By The Numbers:
- 700 care packs assembled, exceeding our initial goal of 500; 600 for CityTeam and 100 for Stanford Ronald McDonald House (RMH)
- 700 individual notes of encouragement were written, including those created by a group of third graders
- 20 family packs of full-size bottles were given to RMH
- Six 30-gallon boxes full of extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, etc., were also donated to CityTeam, which will used for their own assembly party with their volunteers
- 95 employee volunteers helped at four hour-long shifts
- 72 employees were added to the waitlist and asked to share handwritten notes of encouragement to include in each donated care pack
- 32 CaW ambassadors managed 52 collection bins