SpotX For Change is SpotX’s Community Engagement program, dedicated to sponsoring opportunities for SpotXers to help make a difference in our shared community. As part of this program, this month, a group of ten SpotXers chose to spend a day volunteering with Project Angel Heart.
Project Angel Heart is a Denver-based nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life—at no cost—for local Coloradans coping with life-threatening illness by providing fresh, nutritious meals. Every year, Project Angel Heart delivers half a million meals to more than 2,000 Coloradans living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, kidney, heart or lung diseases and other illnesses. All of the meals at Project Angel Heart are prepared, cooked, packaged and sorted in-house before being delivered.
Proper nutrition is extremely important, as patients’ bodies need proper fuel to allow them to cope with the demands of their illnesses. To add to this, the nutritional needs of someone undergoing chemotherapy or radiation are very different from those of someone living with kidney failure, for instance. With this in mind, Project Angel Heart caters all the meals they prepare specifically to suit each client’s dietary needs.
Organizing this initiative can be a challenge, so SpotXers pitched in as “distribution assistants”, helping to solve the puzzle by packing and organizing meal bags to ensure that the right meal made it into the right bag and to the right client. As members of the Colorado community, we are so thankful for the work that Project Angel Heart does and we loved the opportunity to play even a small role in helping them accomplish their mission.
We asked the volunteers to share what they took away from this experience. Here’s what they had to say:
“Community and empathy are very important to me, so part of my motivation to volunteer was to help build and support the Denver community. Additionally, we can’t design and develop effective software at SpotX without empathy for our end users. Connecting with people while volunteering cultivates skills that help me be a better software engineer.”
– Kyle Brill, Senior Software Engineer
“I loved volunteering at Project Angel Heart, and I admire the great lengths the program goes to make every meal special, from hiring a renowned chef to decorating every single bag that goes out to each member.”
– Brenda Rodriguez, Account Manager
“The highlight for me was spending time with coworkers (some of whom I hadn’t met yet) in a setting other than the office. Helping the community is definitely a unique bonding experience for coworkers and broke up the work week. We worked hard but it was completely different than sitting at a desk all day! Definitely refreshing.”
– Catherine Ollinger, Senior Account Manager
About SpotX for Change
SpotX For Change is SpotX’s Community Engagement program, which seeks to drive positive change in the community around us. In addition to sponsoring regular volunteer opportunities for employees, SpotX for Change includes a Gift Matching program that matches 100% of the financial donations our employees make each year, expanding our impact across the globe to all the organizations that SpotXers are involved with and passionate about.
Nick Hoffman – Senior Manager, External Training & Development