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By Therese Van Ryne | September 11, 2020

#GlobalWeekofService Sneak Peek: How We Plan to Do a World of Good, One Community at a Time

There is a lot you can do virtually these days, including volunteer! This has made it easy for Zebra Nation to give back to local communities during these challenging times as part of the Global Week of Service.

I’ve spoken many times before about how important philanthropy and volunteerism is to Zebra Nation. It’s core to who we are as individuals and as a company. Nothing will change that. The only thing that might change is how we physically “show up” to help. That will likely be apparent during this year’s Global Week of Service.

From September 13-19, 2020, Zebras all around the world are going to take a step away from their daily work to volunteer in their communities either individually or as part of a team. Some will have the opportunity to support charitable organizations and their beneficiaries in person through coordinated, socially-distanced events. Most will showcase the impact and immense capability of virtual volunteerism. But, no matter where they “check in,” there is no doubt that the work they do during this period will leave a lasting impact on those who need a little joy in their lives right now.

For example, they will be:

  • Using the Be My Eyes app to connect blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers through a video call, making the world more accessible for these individuals.
  • Connecting with students through personal LinkedIn accounts to answer career questions on the Career Village platform.
  • Providing emotional support to community members by communicating via the Crisis Text Line.
  • Translating texts for charitable organizations through Translators Without Borders.
  • And much more!

Tune back into Your Edge in early October for a full download of Zebra’s contributions during the Global Week of Service.

In the meantime, we encourage you to join us in our efforts to make the world a better place – one community and one small act at a time. This is not a one-person (or one week) job. There are numerous trials and tribulations being faced across the globe right now, and there are people in every region in need of a helping hand. By coming together, even virtually, we can provide a sense of renewed strength and spirit to the communities where we live and work.

Struggling to Find Time to Volunteer? Help is Always Appreciated.

While we are encouraging employees to volunteer during our Global Week of Service in September, we understand that many people are struggling to balance their increased work and home responsibilities right now. That’s why we are advocating for Zebras – and you – to give back whenever, however and from wherever possible. Volunteering doesn’t cost a thing, but its impact is priceless.

Just think of all the smiles you’ll create and the lives you could potentially change forever, just by giving someone your undivided attention, your wisdom and your (virtual) smile for a few minutes.


Editor’s Note:

Want to learn more about the organizations that Zebras will be supporting during the Global Week of Service or how you can team up with Zebra Nation to give back to those in your community who need help? Please reach out to our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team at

Corporate Social Responsibility, Inside Zebra Nation,
Therese Van Ryne
Therese Van Ryne

Therese Van Ryne is Senior Director of External Communications for Zebra Technologies. She joined Zebra as part of the acquisition of Motorola Solutions Enterprise business in October 2014. She and her team are laser focused on growing the company’s brand awareness globally aligned with business objectives. Her accomplishments include leading Zebra events with Harvard University and TED as well as the creation of the annual Intelligent Enterprise Index, resulting in positive media coverage, customer engagement and revenue growth.

Prior to Motorola Solutions, Van Ryne worked at SC Johnson where she led corporate communication strategies and drove PR and branding efforts for leading consumer products. One of her top achievements was leading the Windex® placement in the film, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” resulting in a 25% sales increase for the brand.

One of PR News’ 2019 Top Women in PR and Crain's Chicago's 2021 Most Notable Executives in Marketing, Therese also has experience as a journalist, editor and producer, reporting nightly from Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Van Ryne holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Journalism from Marquette University and an Executive Leadership Master’s Certificate from Cornell University.

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