There’s not much that comes between us and our pets. They become part of our family by showing up in family photos and providing countless hours of joy and entertainment. But man’s best friend is more than just a slobbery and excited face lick when you get home from work.
With dogs, cats, bunnies, and countless other animals being endlessly self-appointed as the “cutest pet” by their owners, employees in the Carrollton office decided to put their money where their mouths were and crown Carrollton’s Cutest Pet during a week-long charity event titled: “Pet Wars.” (more…)
Movember marches on and as we near the end, I wanted to share my personal progress and also that of our Thomson Reuters campaign.
As we grow our sometimes comedic “Mo’s” and smile in solidarity at our fellow participants, it is important to remember that at the heart of this initiative is a very important cause and some rather thought-provoking statistics.
In the United Kingdom: (more…)
In Haiti, “eat dirt” means something all too real. Dirt cookies made from mud and a little oil are sold on Haitian streets. The only tummy-filler some parents can afford and they quiet a child’s hunger pains long enough to sleep.
In our world today, an estimated 925 million people are chronically hungry, though there is enough food in the world for everyone to have adequate nutrition. Last month, the Thomson Reuters Eagan campus did their part in helping to make a difference. By partnering with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), 442 Thomson Reuters employees helped produce 108,864 meals for children in Haiti – this equals one meal a day for 298 children for a year. FMSC is a nonprofit hunger relief organization working with volunteers to produce MannaPackTM Rice, a scientifically formulated food formula that is culturally acceptable worldwide. Organizations in nearly 70 countries around the world distribute these meals to children in greatest need.
This 4th annual event was organized as part of the Thomson Reuters Volunteer Action Network’s (VAN) support of World Food Day (recognized each year on Oct. 16TH). World Food Day is a global movement to end hunger. During this time of the year, all VAN locations join together to be part of the solution and they take action in their communities and around the world. Together, we can end hunger.
Adopt-a-Crag event with Access Fund - Bellevue, Washington
An old Chinese proverb says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Well, the members of the Volunteer Action Network (VAN) really took some amazing steps in the pas few months. Our colleagues around the globe focused on partnering with inspiring non-profits that provide essential support to our environment. The volunteers worked on over 40 projects globally and below are some of the highlights:
- Our colleagues in China, hosted a successful event called “Come to Help Ya’an People Affected by the Earthquake” to help support the individuals residing in Ya’an that saw their homes ruined and lives devastated by the earthquake that occurred in April. They partnered with the One Foundation, an organization that provides disaster recovery relief and raised almost $10,000 dollars.
- In Chicago, the team partnered with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and organized a spring garden clean up day around the Mayslake Peabody Estate. Over 20 volunteers spent the day at the Forest Preserve Garden cleaning up by raking leaves, picking up trash, pruning trees and shrubs. This Forest receives over 40 million visits each year and is enjoyed by individuals of all ages. It has a vast and unique plant and animal diversity that is considered to be on par with the rain forests of the world. (more…)
On Wednesday morning, the book Walk in Their Shoes was launched during NBC’s TODAY Show. Natalie Morales interviewed author Jim Ziolkowski, who founded the buildOn movement, and also spoke with some buildOn students in the South Bronx.
The day ended with a launch party in our offices at 3 Times Square. Neil Masterson, Managing Director, Investors, F&R, welcomed Ziolkowski, and NBC News’ Lester Holt moderated a conversation around the question “Can One Person Change the World?” We also featured a video about buildOn’s work on our Times Square jumbotron. (more…)
So says the logo on the Habitat for Humanity T-shirt for project Women Build. That is exactly what an all-female group of Thomson Reuters employees did while volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity Women Build construction site last month, near Harriet Island in St Paul, Minnesota.
The day started with check-in and orientation. Our volunteers were told the rules and were given the “fear factor” about using certain power tools. Wearing Thomson Reuters “Because We Care” T-shirts, knee pads and work aprons laden with, hammers, tapes, nails, rulers, pencils, goggles and, the quintessential hard hat, they split into teams and got to work.
They lifted two by four wood braces, incredibly heavy wall bearings and wooden sheets from the ground to the second floor. They nailed wooden sheets to wall bearings at precise four and 16 inch intervals, all the while climbing and hopping up, down and across scaffolding. They took turns using circular saws to cut doors and windows until the walls were built. They hoisted walls up, held them down with their collective weight, nailed them down, all in nearly 100 degree heat! Not to worry, there were several, much needed water breaks throughout the day. By the time they were all finished, there were two walls up, braced and ready for the following day.
You may be wondering, why are there no action photos of our team? By the time the group was done, they were sweat-drenched, red-faced and by their own admission, just plain dirty! The group voted against photography, but had fun working together out of their comfort zones and doing some good while they were at it.
They totally rocked!
Following three months of training and eight days of climbing, four ambitious colleagues from the Thomson Reuters Dubai office, recently reached the summit of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro which is the highest point in Africa.
Nic Potter, Nasir Khamlichi, Ameer Jawad and Abdullah Mukalled worked hard to get themselves ready for the challenge of a lifetime – scaling 19’341 feet (or 5,895 meters) to the top. They prepared themselves with an equally challenging training regime, which included: climbing hundreds of stairs at a time…repeatedly, grueling beach runs in soft sand, mountain hikes in the middle of the day and exercising in an oxygen deprivation chamber to replicate the effects of the altitude that would face this group on their journey to the top. (more…)
Employees in Thomson Reuters office in Barcelona came up with an original way of contributing to the local Food Bank during June and July. Staff were given the opportunity to volunteer to be the cook of the day, preparing lunch for groups of up to 12 people at their own expense. To share in the lunch, all diners had to make a donation to the Food Bank campaign “Hunger doesn’t take holidays”. Thanks to combined efforts, the team was able to make a donation of 2000 euro to Food Bank.
Many people take a holiday break during the summer months, but many more, particularly in the current economic crisis, cannot take holidays and some cannot even feed themselves and their families. Under the slogan “Hunger doesn’t take holidays” (La fam no fa vacances in the original Catalan name), the local Food Bank chapter in Catalonia organized a special campaign to provide food for people without the resources to feed themselves at this time of year while others who are more fortunate are enjoying their summer holidays. (more…)
By Antonela De Bernardo, Thomson Reuters
New York’s historic South Street Seaport area got the attention it deserves when 14,500 runners, along with spectators and volunteers, descended upon the neighborhood last month. Lower Manhattan was filled with participants of the NYC Half Marathon as racers and fans lined the streets to celebrate fitness, recovery, and community. Among them all, 20 fierce Thomson Reuters employees embraced a wardobe of shiny spandex and purple singlets with our company logo on our backs to take up the challenge to raise funds benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). (more…)
Comic Relief, a major charity based in the UK, strives to create a just world free from poverty. Their mission is to drive positive change through the power of entertainment.
“Red Nose Day” is just one of the ways Comic Relief raises millions to increase awareness around poverty and social injustice and tackle the root causes of such issues. On March 15, throughout the UK, various activities took place at local and regional levels, topped off with a night of entertainment from world-class UK comedians live on television.
Our very own Treasury Transaction Services (TTS) team in the UK took it upon themselves to raise funds for this worthy cause. The TTS team brought smiles to the 7th floor of South Colonnade with their fine display of “Tank Top Fashion” (the knitted sweater vests for those who are curious). They paraded around the office imitating their fearless leader, Chris Barrett (as he has been known to wear a tank top or two) and caused laughter throughout the building. And it was all for a good cause! The team raised a few hundred pounds that will be matched by the Thomson Reuters Matching Program.
Chris Barrett was thrilled with his team: “Within our daily challenges that tend to dominate our thoughts and also our time, it is very commendable that the UK Liquidity Sales team were able to pause and consider such a worthy cause such as Comic Relief – the entire team should take great pride in their contribution”
Meanwhile, visitors to the Atrium of our South Colonnade office may have stumbled upon lines of hungry colleagues waiting for their turn to choose their favorites from an impressive selection of home-baked cakes at a ‘Most Excellent Cake Sale’ in aid of Red Nose Day. (more…)