Here at Protiviti, we love working with students AND we love giving back. We couldn’t tell you which of those things we love more. Last week, these two favorite pastimes intertwined in a unique and meaningful way through a series of meal-packing events hosted at core recruiting schools around the U.S.
The collective effort of these teams propelled Protiviti’s i on Hunger initiative to another significant milestone. At this point, we have now provided over 5 million meals for hungry people around the world.
Thank you to all the students, professors, alumni, and family and friends who contributed to this cause! With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, you inspire us all by demonstrating that we are strongest when we work together to make good things happen for those in need. Now THAT is truly what it means to be #livingprotiviti.
Over the past several days, my heart has been breaking for the devastation happening in Houston and the surrounding areas. I started at Protiviti in our Houston office, and although I have moved away, I maintain a special connection to that group of people and to the broader community.
It’s hard not to feel helpless as you see family, colleagues, friends and strangers band together to get through Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. If you are feeling like me and asking yourself, “How can I help?”, check out some ideas below.
Donate to a charity – The American Red Cross, The United Way, The Houston Food Bank and many others are all taking donations to help out the Houston community during this time.
Volunteer your time – Groups such as the American Red Cross and Volunteer Houston are desperately looking for those that can help.
Buy some jewelry – Today only, Kendra Scott will donate 50% of all online purchases to the American Red Cross in support of disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey.
Purchase a t-shirt – Chip and Joanna Gaines are selling t-shirts to support victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Last night our interns, facilitators, executive team and recruiters experienced Protiviti’s promise, A Commitment to our Communities, firsthand. This team packed 100,000 meals, which increased Protiviti’s overall total of packed meals to 4.2 million. These meals are all part of Protiviti’s larger i on Hunger campaign, which is committed to providing meals to those in need.
This morning our President and CEO Joe Tarantino will kick off Day 2 of The Intern Challange with a personal presentation to our interns! Follow us on twitter for live coverage of Joe’s presentation!
Last month our Houston office completed their 15th year as Team Protiviti in the 2017 BP MS 150 Bike Tour.
The twenty-six riders combined raised over $37,000, beating their initial goal of $30,000. We even had 1 Protiviti team member and 1 Protiviti alumni, join 298 other individuals in the Club 300, which is comprised of the event’s top 300 fundraisers. This is an amazing accomplishment and huge honor to be a member of Club 300 and we are very proud to have 2 of our own listed.
Now, onto the ride! Below Senior Manager Ray Inn shares his perspective on the two-day ride from Houston to Austin.
Saturday – Houston to La Grange
Saturday morning came early as alarm clocks started ringing around 4:30 AM and we made our way to the designated starting point. Around 6:45 AM we began our journey towards La Grange. We enjoyed an overcast sky and a nice tailwind for the first 20 miles; however, the wind turned into a headwind/crosswind as we made our way to the Protiviti lunch stop in Industry, TX.
At the lunch stop, we enjoyed burgers, cold drinks, chips, cookies, great company, and a much needed break from the ride provided by other Protiviti team members.
After lunch, we started the final 30 miles towards La Grange. By now, the sun was starting to come out, the temperature was rising, the wind was starting to pick up, and hills were starting to take their toll. However, we stayed determined and arrived in La Grange where we enjoyed massages, snacks, and some cold drinks as we chatted about the day’s events. After a quick shower in the luxurious mobile shower trucks, and a carb-loaded fajita dinner it was time to get some sleep and prepare for day 2.
Sunday – La Grange to Austin
As we slept, a cold front blew through the area bringing with it light rain and temperatures in the 50’s. The rain delayed the start of the ride by an hour, but this gave us more time to eat breakfast, pack-up, and dry off our bikes.
The team exited La Grange around 8:45 AM to sunny skies and a mild headwind. The wind continued to grow stronger as the team made its way to the Bastrop lunch stop.
We were met by fellow Protiviti teammates with sandwiches, cold drinks, and the best venison sausage this side of the Mississippi. After lunch, we started the final leg towards Austin where we faced a relentless headwind the rest of the afternoon.
The wind proved to be a strong mental and physical challenge; however, it also provided a strong sense of accomplishment as every rider made it down Martin Luther King Blvd, turned left on Congress Ave, and crossed the Finish Line with the State Capitol building coming more into view with every pedal turn.
The finish line is truly an awesome experience! For the veteran riders, it was another bike tour accomplished. For the rookies, we hope it was the first of many more rides.
We are excited to announce that we have hit another huge milestone in the fight against hunger –over 4 million meals made! The 4 millionth meal for i on Hunger was surpassed Monday evening at the Advanced Consulting Challenge in Atlanta.
Check out this video from the event:
Video Transcript:Here we are at the Advanced Consulting Challenge School in Atlanta, where we are continuing our fight against hunger. You can see we’re holding an event tonight – a packing event – people have been working extremely hard, pushing through, and we’re excited to announce that we have now achieved over four million meals delivered worldwide. Congratulations, Protiviti! Thank you for your passion, your efforts, and your impact that you’ve made around the world. Keep pushing us higher and higher – five million meals, here we come! Hunger doesn’t stop, and neither do we.
Since announcing our achievement of 3.5 million meals last October, 55 other events have contributed to our new 4+ million total. One such event was in our Oman office where our team supplied important momentum with their i on hunger event. They packaged and distributed more than 126,000 meals in conjunction with Nidaa Al Khairi, a nonprofit organization that helps underprivileged children.
“We are delighted at the achievement of the 4 million milestone,” said Middle East and India Country Market Leader Sanjeev Agarwal. “The IOH program has presented us with a great opportunity to give back to our communities and in the process build relationships with our colleagues and clients beyond the work we do together”.
He continued “The enthusiasm and commitment of the volunteers during the food drives has been a great motivator for more people to join the campaign and help in reaching out to communities most in need of help, especially children. Our member firms in the Middle East and India are happy at being able to distribute over 300,000 meals in the last couple of years and will continue participating in the global initiative.”
To date, Protiviti has worked with 101 partner organizations to accomplish this incredible milestone. We couldn’t have done it without the help of each and every one of our employees. Congratulations Protiviti – way to make an impact!
Last week New York Office Market Leader Carol Raimo accepted the Corporate Award from Astor Services for Children and Families on behalf of the New York office at their annual gala. This year’s theme was “Breaking the Stigma Around Mental Health.” The award recognizes our New York office’s exceptional contributions to support children and families affected by the stigma associated with mental health and to raise much needed funds to build sustainability for the organization.
For over 60 years, Astor Services for Children & Families has been providing children’s mental health services, child welfare services, and early childhood development programs to traumatized and vulnerable children in the Bronx and the Hudson Valley.
“I proudly accepted the Corporate Award on behalf of our entire office, who has really pitched in and provided wonderful support to the Astor Services organization,” said Carol. “We so highly pride ourselves in our Commitment to Our Communities, and this recognition shows that our hard work is always worth it.”
The New York office has been working with the Astor Services organization for more than two years. Most recently, the office donated gifts to families over the past holiday season and several team members now serve on Astor Services’ Jr. Board.
Astor Young Professionals Board President Nicole Giambarrese said, “Your company was nominated for this award because you have demonstrated the same passion for bringing awareness to children’s mental health in our communities and for your endless support to the Young Professionals Board. The board acknowledges Protiviti’s commitment in creating an environment that is inclusive, collaborative, and even family-like.”
Earth Day is celebrated worldwide on April 22. It’s a great day to celebrate Protiviti’s commitment to All Things Green and renew our promises to a more sustainable future. But, how DO we do that as a company? We’re glad you asked!.
One example comes from our Charlotte office where Consultant Will Ferrand has always had a passion for sustainability. He said he really got into it when he started at Protiviti in 2015 and became the leader of Charlotte’s Green Committee. He has since been focused on engaging the office in green activities and sustainability. One such activity was an effort to participate in the North Carolina’s EarthShare Corporate Challenge.
For their part in the North Carolina Corporate Challenge, the Charlotte office conducted a walking audit of the downtown Charlotte area, something that’s easy for many to replicate in their own cities. Partnering with Sustain Charlotte, the team set out to find how easy or difficult walking around town is for pedestrians, given the limited stops and accessibility of the light rail train and bus system. The results of the audit were then communicated to the Charlotte Department of Transportation.
Will suggests that one can learn more about sustainability by examining daily habits and considering how they can be modified, even if slightly. For example, your regular to-go coffee cup may not be recyclable, but a simple switch in your coffee order could result in a cup that is. Ride sharing not only reduces the cost to the environment, but also to your wallet. In Charlotte, the office also started a k-cup recycling program, stocks reusable silverware and plates in their kitchen and encourages eliminating waste with signage around the office.
More broadly, Will recognizes that being green is an everyday challenge that we can all participate in, and it’s really about the little things: using one paper towel instead of two and turning off the water while you brush your teeth adds up. For example, Will enjoys being able to walk to work every day, but knows that it’s not ideal for everyone. Will says, “As an individual, you can’t save the rainforest, but doing a little bit makes a difference.”
Will’s efforts and enthusiasm landed him on the planning committee for Protiviti’s Global Green Champions Network, partnering with cities around the world to inform and create lasting change in our offices!