The Tuesday Topic: Giving Back
Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 based on a simple idea of a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community.
Synthesis is committed to giving back to the community by serving as volunteers, members, and leaders for nearly 40 various service organizations. Community service has been a big part of the Synthesis ethos since the beginning. Recognizing the impact that can be made for individuals and the community alike, we participate in a variety of ways. T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More) is the studio initiative through which many activities are generated.
We have participated in many community service programs such as the United Way, CANstruction, WFYI, American Heart Association, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Sisters of Providence, and The Little Sisters of Poor, which have made a lasting impact on the community and has emphasized paying it forward through community service. Tapping into their competitive nature, Synthesis has turned the United Way campaign drive into a series of themed challenges such as, workspace decorating contests, costume contests, and ‘Jar Wars’ to maximize giving and create memorable team building experiences. We also hold a yearly bake sale within our building with all proceeds going to the United Way.
‘Casual Friday’ at Synthesis has been turned into a fundraising opportunity. Throughout the year, employees donate a few dollars each time they choose to wear jeans and that money is then used to support a local charity for an entire year. This year, we’ve supported Westminster Neighborhood Services on the near Eastside of Indianapolis. We've donated diapers, can openers, and are now sponsoring several children for their Christmas basket program.
The beauty of giving is that everyone has something to give, whether it’s donating money, volunteering your time or giving of talent. What will you give today?