In Eli’s post last month, he shared an update on the progress of our beta program: we launched our live production site, onboarded nonprofits to create profiles and group activities, and worked with beta customers to create Teams and plan their community engagement programs for employees.
We’re writing to share a little more about our first bundle of Field Trips (Team volunteer events) and celebrate everyone who participated, highlighting the tangible outcomes from companies and nonprofits connecting through Field Day so far.
Here’s a roundup of our first Field Trips through the beta program!
12 Field Trips
25 hours volunteering
Which resulted in…
14 lego kits sorted
45 emergency food boxes delivered
300+ dinner meals prepared
312 food sacks packed
+ much more!
A few of the highlights
NW Staffing Resources rounded up volunteers from four of their local offices for a visit to Rahab’s Sisters to package hygiene supplies and sort clothing donations, helping staff meet the basic needs of around 150 guests for the week.
Learning.com joined Sunshine Division to deliver 25 emergency food boxes to the doorsteps of Portlanders in need through their Emergency Resource Program. They returned for another Field Trip a few weeks later to deliver another 20 boxes.
Lytics organized a week of Field Trips with a variety of opportunities to get involved. Volunteers got creative with Portland Backpack by designing encouraging cards to include in weekend food sacks for kids, got scholastic with the Children’s Book Bank while repairing kids’ books, and got cooking with Our Streets PDX as they prepared meals for distribution to folks experiencing houselessness.
And of course, Field Day went on some Field Trips as well! First, we took our team (and guests) to Portland Backpack to create care cards and pack food sacks for kids experiencing food insecurity. We spent an hour creating cards with words of encouragement – which uncovered our team’s, um… wide range of design skills – and unboxed food supplies to then pack 312 food sacks in the next hour. A few weeks later, we visited Transition Projects to help sort a chunk of the five pallets of mixed toiletry donations they had received. We dove into individual boxes to separate shampoo, conditioner, lotion, dental supplies, and more for distribution to their eight Portland shelters.
These Field Trips were meaningful for our team. Not only were they fun opportunities to do some field research using our product, but we got to connect with each other, deepen personal connections with our nonprofit partners, and witness firsthand the impactful work being done in our community. It’s these grounding experiences that energize and inspire us to keep building, as well as remind us who we’re building for.
With that, we’re looking forward to the Field Trips on the horizon as we make progress toward our next milestones during beta. If you’re excited about community engagement programming that connects individuals, employers, and nonprofits, we encourage you to learn more about our beta program for Portland-based nonprofits and companies.