As students begin to return to school, the impact of COVID-19 on education becomes apparent. New health and safety guidelines implemented in schools discourages the sharing of equipment including necessities such as stationery. For many families who may have experienced job loss, this is an unexpected expense and many schools are struggling to find funding to support them.
SThree colleagues in Hamburg joined forces with local partner Hanseatic Help who work in their local community providing free clothing and essentials to those in need.
The office organised a collection of school supplies including notebooks, pens and glue sticks. In addition, they also raised funds for Hanseatic Help through selling biodegradable coffee capsules with a mark-up that could be used with the Nespresso machines in the office.
CSR Champion, Zoe le Pluart organised the initiative in Hamburg and said -‘Normally people use plastic coffee capsules, but we managed to raise about 100 euros by selling the biodegradable ones. It was a great initiative that helped our colleagues make a more sustainable choice while also raising money for charity.’
Zoe and fellow CSR Champion, Jana Hengstler then took the supplies and monetary donation to Hanseatic Help and used their volunteering leave to fill back packs with school supplies that will be distributed by the charity to local organisations and schools.
Zoe is looking forward to inviting her colleagues to volunteer with the charity, she said ‘I think we will try to go back again soon because it was a fun and easy way to volunteer. Next time we will bring more of our colleagues!’
Each of us have 40 hours of paid leave a year to volunteer. If you are using your leave or would like to find out what you can do email [email protected]