The Issues at Hand That are Driving Us to Lend a Helping Hand Year Round
This year, the most popular activity among our volunteers globally was helping out at a food bank. A combination of higher interest rates, inflation and an energy crisis are leading many to believe we are entering a global recession, marking a time when a greater percentage of the population requires food assistance.
Feeding America, the largest network of food banks in the United States, recently shared that a whopping 65% of its member food banks reported an increase in demand for emergency food assistance. In addition, 70% of surveyed food banks said food donations were down while a stark 95% said food purchase costs were up.
And while the issues of inflation and food prices dominate headlines, there are other more latent yet threatening needs requiring attention.
In India, there has been steady increase in demand for assisted living facilities as the elderly population is set to outnumber younger people by 2050, and in the U.S., there are more than 800,000 Americans residing in assisted living today.
Globally, many Zebras visited local care homes serving the elderly, adults with disabilities and victims of domestic violence. They cooked meals, prepared medical kits and led crafting sessions, though most who volunteered at a care home provided one of the most basic of necessities: their company, with a listening ear and a human connection.
While these contributions resonated with many, we saw Zebras around the world complete countless other small acts that made big differences. Through their daily routines, they picked up litter on their walks, dropped off clothes in donation boxes on their way to work and weeded out invasive species from their gardens. They found simple, small ways to make the world a better place.
Whether the needs of a community or individual are chronic or acute, and whether acts of service take five minutes or a full day, it’s important that companies offer employees the freedom and resources to do their part. It’s why Zebra hosts the Global Week of Service every year and offers employees paid time off to volunteer and an opportunity to earn cash donations for their volunteerism year-round, both of which are benefits that help increase social engagement and wellness when utilized. Our goal is to help remove any roadblocks to service and amplify their good acts.
It’s also critical that we, as people, look inward at our own passions and schedules to determine how best we can answer the call, as Mother Teresa did. We can all be charitable. We all have something to offer others, even if it’s just a kind smile or some guidance.
So, today and every day, we encourage you to join us in Doing Well by Doing Good in your own community to achieve an even greater understanding of what service means to you and those in need.
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