At RealSelf, we want all of our employees enjoy great work-life balance. We also understand it’s impossible to not bring aspects of life into work and aspects of work home. That’s why we try to support the RealSelf team whether they are in or out of the office.
That’s where our COR Learning program comes in.
There is a different COR Learning every month, ranging from self defense seminars and nutrition training, to improv classes. Each is designed to offer employees support they can use in all parts of their life.
The COR Learnings are also another chance for RealSelf to give back. Giving back is at the heart of RealSelf and something we believe in strongly. The RealSelf Local Giving team organizes volunteer projects throughout the year, but it only seemed right to designate an entire month to giving back. That’s exactly what we did in July with our Volunteering COR Learning. We partnered with local organizations to help make an impact in our community.
That included holding a drive for Treehouse, an organization that supplies youth in foster care with the items and support they need to succeed. Treehouse serves more than 7,000 foster care youth annually, helping them with clothing and supplies for school as well as academic and financial support. The result is overwhelming with an 89% five-year graduation rate for those in the Treehouse program, compared to 49% for foster youth not in the program.
RealSelf has worked with Treehouse before and the drive this year was another success. Employees brought in bags and bags of new clothing and school supplies, adding up to a large delivery that will help more than 50 kids get ready to go back to school.
For the second time this year, several employees visited Food Lifeline to help sort and repack food that would otherwise go to waste. Food Lifeline rescues millions of pounds of food every year and redirects it to food banks, shelters and meal programs.
July may have been the volunteering COR Learning month, but RealSelf’s efforts to give back go well beyond a couple events one month of the year. The RealSelf Local Giving team is always looking for ways to make an impact in our community. Making a year-round effort was also part of the COR Learning as a representative from Seattle Works stopped by the office to help us find more ways to volunteer.
The COR Learning program has a lot more in store in 2017 with mental health and financial wellness events planned in the coming months.