Twitter for Good
November 14, 2016
Twitter Volunteers Brighten up Edgewood
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On Friday, November 11, 2016, over 40 volunteers from Twitter (affectionately known as "tweeps") visited our San Francisco campus to help make life a little brighter for the youth we serve.
As part of #TwitterForGood - a day where tweeps get to give back to the community through socially good initiatives - volunteers got their hands dirty repairing flowerbeds and pulling weeds around the campus. Many took time to play spirited games of volleyball and basketball with the youth. Among the volunteers was Twitter's CTO, Adam Messinger, who, with the entire group of volunteers, demonstrated a real commitment and interest in Edgewood's mission.
”Volunteer groups not only provide support, they also offer an opportunity for the children to see adults in a nurturing and supportive light,” explained Kristin Thomas, Edgewood’s Associate Director of Corporate and Community Engagement. “This is a particularly valuable experience for the children at Edgewood, who have often had traumatic relationships with adult figures in their lives."
Mark Zafra, Head of Global Strategic Sourcing at Twitter and a member of Edgewood’s Board of Directors, as well as other tweeps, also provided mentoring and coaching sessions to a few of our young adults who are participating in our Transitional Housing Placement+ (THP) program. During the sessions, the youth learned about the skills needed for a job in the tech-industry.
Volunteers also hosted a BBQ which capped off the fun day for Edgewood youth, staff, and tweeps to all enjoy lunch together.
To learn more about Edgewood’s volunteer opportunities and ways to get involved, please visit our get involved page >>.
To learn about Edgewood’s THP+ program, please visit our THP+ page>>.