Welocalize loves giving and helping to make a difference. Every year we select a charity for a holiday donation in the name of our clients and employees. This year we selected Heifer International in our effort to help lift families around the world out of poverty.
In localization, you have to think globally and act locally to reach your international audience. The same applies for our charitable causes. The Welocalize team memberss think globally – we all want to make a difference – and act locally, supporting those charities that impact our everyday lives. The variety of causes we support reflects the variety in our own offices, staff and cultures. Here are some of the ways we worked to make a difference in 2014.
WELOCALIZE SUPPORTS TRANSLATION CHARITIES IN 2014
We have several corporate initiatives that support charitable translation-related projects. In 2014, we continued to support a number of translation-related causes.
TRANSLATORS WITHOUT BORDERS
Welocalize has been involved with Translators without Borders (TWB) for a number of years and this year, continued to support them as a bronze sponsor this year. TWB is the world’s largest non-profit translation charity. They facilitate the transfer of knowledge from one language to another by providing professional, vetted translators to NGOs and aid agencies. This year, TWB has played vital role in the Ebola crisis – by helping people receive healthcare information in a language they understand. Healthcare information from aid agencies is often in English therefore those affected by the Ebola virus in Africa cannot understand the content. The TWB teams have been providing simple health messages – posters and public service announcements – in six key West African languages – to help prevent the spread of the disease, how to recognize symptoms and seek the right healthcare.
THE ROSETTA FOUNDATION
Welocalize has continued its corporate sponsorship of The Rosetta Foundation. Formed in 2009, the Irish-based Rosetta Foundation helps to connect language volunteers with non-profit organizations that work with under-served communities, providing language services to linguistically marginalized communities. Similar to TWB, the Rosetta Foundation believes access to information in your own language is a human right. Reinhard Schaler is president of the foundation and founded it in 2009. Reinhard has worked in the localization industry since 1997.
CARING FOR PADRAIG
In June 2013, Reinhard Schaler’s son, Padraig, was knocked off his bike as he cycled to work in Cape Cod. As a result of the accident, Padraig received a devastating brain injury. Padraig is now at a facility in Germany and is making progress. Welocalize recently donated €1000 to the organization’s non-profit fund to help Padraig continue in his long road to recovery. Welocalize also sponsored and participated in the June 2014 Mountain Flag Challenge, where we planted the Welocalize flag along with our industry peers and colleagues to help raise awareness and funds for Padraig’s care. www.caringforpadraic.org
COLOR ME A CURE “JAM FOR THE CAUSE”
Welocalize founders, Smith and Julia Yewell have established a special non-profit charity, The Color Me A Cure Foundation. The foundation aims to improve the patient treatment, experience and survive-ability outcomes in the field of pediatric oncology. In September fo this year, Welocalize sponsored the first annual Color Me A Cure “Jam for the Cause” music festival, which took place at The Faux School in Frederick, Maryland. Smith also rocked out with his band Fuzzy Match at the event to help raise funds and entertain supporters fo this important foundation. www.colormeacure.org
MAKING A DIFFERENCE BY GOING LOCAL
Welocalize has over 600 staff based all over the world. As well as helping global businesses to grow, the Welocalize teams have also been busy helping others in need. We thought we would look back at some of the fun and wonderful things the Welocalize teams have done for charity. They have worn green, grown mustaches, played music, donated food and climbed mountains. Here is a quick rundown of some of the charitable activities Welocalize staff around the world have taken part in several activities. Read more to learn about our passion for giving.
ORANGES IN PORTLAND, USA
In Portland, the Welocalize staff gave a helping hand to the Oregon Food Bank in June. They sorted through 24,000 lbs of oranges, which equates to 20,000 meals for families in need all over Oregon. The Portland office also beat their own record by sorting a further 31,000 lbs of apples (which equates to 26,000 meals) in November. Well done guys! You can find out more about the Oregon Food Bank by visiting here http://www.oregonfoodbank.org/
FRESH PRODUCE IN FREDERICK, WELOCALIZE HEADQUARTERS – USA
The Frederick office got their hands dirty and helped out in Frederick County’s Day of Action in October, preparing gardens for the fall and winter harvest. The fresh produce grown from these gardens are given to lower income families throughout the year. They also sponsored two lower income families and bought their Thanksgiving dinner. The same will happen for Christmas! To get involved next year, or to find out more, please visit http://www.unitedwayfrederick.org/DOA
WEARING GREEN AND PINK IN TARPORLEY ENGLAND
In May, some of the UK team climbed Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, in memory of one of our interns Duncan Montieth, who passed away this year and raised £1600 for Cancer Research. The UK team also marked Cerebral Palsy day on October 1st by dressing in green and eating green food! www.worldcpday.org. The team dressed up in pink for the “Wear it Pink” National Breast Cancer Awareness Day on October 24. www.wearitpink.org The UK office men also took part in “Movember” by growing mustaches through the month of November.
HARVESTING IN SAN MATEO, USA
In May, 10 people from the Welocalize San Mateo office volunteered with the Second Harvest Food Bank. They helped to sort food to feed local people in need. There are plans to do this every three months! Every month the Second Harvest Food Bank provide food for 243,000 people. To find out more about this great charity, please visit http://www.shfb.org/aboutus.
CAKES AND MUSTACHES IN DUBLIN, IRELAND
Our Irish colleagues have also been busy in 2014. In September, the Welocalize Dublin office raised €400 for the Irish Hospice Foundation by baking and selling cakes! They also helped the St. Vincent de Paul Giving Tree and Food Drive appeal by buying a gift and leaving it under the Christmas tree for it then to be collected and wrapped. Three men in the Dublin office also took part in the popular Movember event – men all over the world growing mustaches in November! The money raised by sponsoring them went towards various men’s health programs.
WEKNIT IN DUBLIN
Some of the ladies in the Dublin office formed the WeKnit Club to knit hats for charity. Each year, The Innocent Drinks Company asks people to knit little woolly hats to put on top of their smoothie bottles. For every smoothie sold wearing a hat, the company donates to Age UK. After some serious lunchtime knitting sessions, the “WeKnitters” knitted and donated 83 little hats! www.thebigknit.co.uk
GOATS AND PENS FROM THE GERMAN TEAM
Anja Philippi, LPM at the Welocalize office in Saarbrucken, Germany, traveled over to Rwanda in July. She took over a parcel of pens, donated by Welocalize, for a newly opened school that has been built for local people so they can learn a trade. The German team also collected money to buy goats for widows in the community who were struggling to make ends meet. Anja took this collection out with her to Africa and six healthy goats were bought at the market!
PARK IP MAKE STRIDES IN NEW YORK
The Park IP team in New York took part in American Cancer Society event, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, in October. Seven members of the Park IP team walked 3-5 miles to support the victims and families of breast cancer and raised $408! www.makingstrides.acsevents.org
The Park IP team also donated 100lbs of food to City Harvest, a New York charity that helps feed the 1.7 million New Yorkers living in poverty and struggling to afford basic necessities. The need for food in the city has recently increased dramatically due to unemployment caused by the tough economic climate. www.cityharvest.org
So that’s our charity roundup for 2014. There were fantastic efforts by Welocalize people all over the world, all trying to make a difference. Let’s continue to keep working together in 2015 to make the world a better, healthier and safer place for everyone.