|Coats for Kids
Volusion’s Texas office held a coat drive at the beginning of winter. In total more than 35 coats were collected for children and teenagers that would not have had anything to keep them warm otherwise. The coats were donated to the Junior League of Austin to be distributed throughout the community.
Employee Volunteering Program
A new program that was started this year allotted two paid days (or 16 hours total) to each Volusion employee to get out there and make a personal difference in the lives of others by volunteering in their community. Employees were allowed to select a program that they were interested in and take the initiative to go out individually or as a team and make their mark.
Families in Our Community
Last year Volusion adopted 8 families between our two offices in Simi Valley, California and Austin, Texas. This year, partnered with the Christmas Bureau of Austin and Care and Share, a total of 14 families were adopted. Employees were broken up into teams to select needy families in the surrounding communities, call each head of household to get an idea of their needs this Holiday season, shop for each family member, and deliver the gifts to the homes. Volusion contributed gift items ranging from toys to clothing, along with full uncooked Christmas meals. While wrapping and delivering gifts brought joy to all teams, a difficult part of the process was hearing what was needed this year for the children of struggling families. There were requests for under clothes, socks, sweatshirts, sheets, and many other items that we take for granted on a daily basis. Knowing that so many families would have a happy and healthy Holiday season because of our efforts was very rewarding for all of those that participated.
Non-Profits Get Started Online
The “Stores To Change The World” program that Volusion runs on a monthly basis is designed to offer recognized legitimate Non-Profit Organizations (NPO’s) the opportunity to get started online with world class software, hosting, and 24/7 tech support. Each month Volusion sets aside ten Gold Plan stores for deserving NPO’s so that they can accept donations online and sell their products. This year Volusion approved more than 45 new NPO’s, giving them Volusion stores to help continue the good work they are doing in their communities and all over the world.
-Kate Pierce eCommerce Specialist