Sizmek employees gave back to their communities in a big way this year, reaching out to pay it forward through a wide array of Sizmek Spirit initiatives around the globe. Employee-led and employee-fueled, these activities show how committed our people are to stepping up to lend a hand. As the year comes to a close, we’d like to recognize just a few of these charitable efforts and the people who made them happen.

In Belgrade, employees pay a visit to a children’s shelter with supplies in hand

“Thank you for thinking of us. The children of the streets.” That’s how the moving thank-you note read after staff at the Sizmek office in Belgrade gathered up clothes, food, and cleaning supplies for a local children’s shelter and then met with the kids to deliver the donation.

In East Lansing, staff host a rest stop for bikers riding for MS research

Sizmek’s East Lansing office hosted a rest stop along the race route of the two-day Michigan Bike MS event, which supports multiple sclerosis research. Volunteers served food, drinks, and encouragement to riders cycling for the cause. Afterward, leftover food from the rest stop was donated to a local food pantry.

In Cebu, local emergency response team gets new equipment

Members of the Cebu office participated in a team-building and skill-building activity facilitated by Base Camp Emergency Response. Sizmek employees learned how to respond during a high-pressure disaster situation and followed up with a donation of equipment to a local emergency response team.

In Herzliya, volunteers support Holocaust survivors and citizens with special needs

On every major Jewish holiday, Sizmek’s Herzliya team hosts a food drive to collect groceries to be distributed by a nonprofit organization to Holocaust survivors. The office also participated in Yom Maasim Tovim, or Good Deeds Day, a national day of service that each spring invites people to go out and do good for someone else or for the environment. One in four Israelis participates, and at Sizmek, more than 90 people take part each year. This year, some staff worked alongside students at a school for children with special needs to paint the building and work in the gardens. Others spent the day painting the apartments of independent adults with special needs.

Across North America, Sizmek teams support cerebral palsy research step by step

Throughout September, North America employees participated in a STEPtember walking competition to support the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation (CPRAF). Our teams raised $4K for the cause by walking 6,471 miles in total. Here are some of the top contributors:

  • Los Angeles’ Sole Train Revival was the top-distance team with 1,619,722 steps.
  • Austin’s Tong Tech was Sizmek’s #1 individual stepper with a total of 548,887 steps.
  • NYC’s team, Blew by You, which included Ian Ali, Danielle Rutkin, and Jeniver Zorilla, raised the most of all the teams at $700.
  • Atlanta’s Joaquin Estrada brought in a nice chunk for the cause—$500—all on his own.  

In Los Angeles, Sizmek pays it forward in nutritious meals

In May, the L.A. team spent a day volunteering at the Los Angeles Food Bank, which has served more than a billion meals since it was founded. Sizmek volunteers sorted enough dry and canned food to provide more than 11,000 meals.

In Sydney, Sizmek rounds up $6,240 for at-risk youth

Locked up in Sydney’s infamous Yasmar correctional facility alongside 70 other advertising collaborators, a Sizmek exec raised $6,240 for the Sydney Adland Bail Out. The awareness- and fund-raising event benefits Whitelion, an organization that supports Sydney’s at-risk youth with crucial outreach services.

In Melbourne, staff braved the cold to help save young lives

Members of the Melbourne office spent a cold winter’s day volunteering at a fundraising walk for HeartKids, an organization that advocates for children with congenital heart disease, the #1 killer of infants in Australia. Sizmek helpers manned the merchandise stand and served as event marshals along the route, cheering on walkers who included survivors and families who have lost children to the disease.

In New York, the holidays are a time to share
The New York office is hosting a holiday food drive with the Food Bank for New York City. Nonperishables are being collected in the office throughout December, and some participants are making contribution through the Food Bank’s virtual donation center. Even the NYC office holiday party had a giving theme. The gathering took place on December 7 at Raise NYC, a restaurant that donates 20% of all profits to charity.

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