Building a Community

Building a Community 

In the modern world of technology and business, volunteering for charitable causes often gets pushed to the sometimes never. We mean well, but sometimes life gets in the way. Taking the first step and making the decision to commit is, in itself, a huge one. 

Fortunately, World Wide Technology (WWT) has overcome this barrier with its entire company! This US-based global company uses a proven and innovative approach to help large public and private organizations discover, evaluate, architect and implement advanced technology. Founded in 1990, WWT has grown from a small product reseller into a technology solution provider with $10.4 billion in annual revenue and more than 5,000 employees. 

Using their annual volunteer “Day of Caring” provided to them by WWT, a team of Programme and Project Managers was determined to manage this project together. Allesandra Wang, being no stranger to volunteering, helped lead this team to fence-building victory at the Kinderboerderij WesterparkShe believes that “if everyone does a little bit, it makes a difference in the end.”  

Willem Tesselar embodied the WWT values of, in his words, “believ[ing] in giving back and truly enjoyed the project and “definitely” plans on doing another! The entire group truly did a lot of hard work and all pulled together to help each other fix up the petting zoo. From digging to hammering to sanding, this team really made the experience a success for everyone.  

They did such a good job that René Van Morgen, a farmer who has been the assistant manager and Kinderboerderij for 1 year, was extremely appreciative of the help. He says that the volunteers from WWT help save a great deal of time and money for this small community petting zoo. These kind souls make it so that the zoo is able to protect both the children and the animals and make for a safe environment for all. 

Every day there are more and more people who need help and in many different ways. If you’re looking for a volunteering opportunity that fits you or your organization, contact us at and let us help you help others. 

Gardening for Hope

Gardening for Hope

On a cool autumn day, this newly inducted team at embarked on a selfless journey. Their first journey of many as this is just a start to the 56 volunteering hours per year the company provides to their employeesThis group of people, who had met either for the first time on this project or maybe the last time a month ago, worked together to make a senior centre more clean and welcoming.  

With gratitude in her eyes, Laurie – the centre’s organizer- described the activities and why they’re important: They allow families and their residents to connect, and sometimes reconnect due to Alzheimer’s, in simple but truly beautiful ways with their families. The garden is their pride and joy and they genuinely appreciate all of the hard work every single volunteer contributes. 

In speaking with Nancy RefkiEmployee Engagement Manager in EMEA, you could hear the excitement she has for working at a company that provides grants in education and workforce development and giving back to the community. Even though Nancy has only worked there for 6 months, she feels the culture and how much it is engrained in the company, no matter who they’re talking toNancy has a very clear vision and passion for what’s goals are, namely “education and workforce development because it’s evident that the gap between opportunities and the youth is widening”, as well as how they match up with hers and every employee.  

Volunteer first-timer Claude Alquier, Account Executive from the Switzerland office, found so much happiness and energy from this experience that he not only helped this senior centre out with maximum effort but plans to include his wife in future volunteer activities! He sees these opportunities as a way not only for their company, but other companies throughout the world to “rethink your company for the future.”  

Both Nancy and Claude also rave about being born of their unique 1-1-1 model which focuses on giving back to the communityFrom vendors or partners to internal customers to external customers, the culture of this model shone throughout the entire group. They all touted (and wore shirts saying) what exactly volunteering has meant to them as well as being a part of a company that values it so highly. 

Every day there are more and more people who need help and in many different ways. If you’re looking for a volunteering opportunity that fits you or your organization, contact us at and let us help you help others. 

Planting a better future

Planting a better future  

The idea of nature being good for your mental health is anything but new - its benefits are known to range from relieving depression and stress to providing a general sense of well-being.  Getting your hands dirty with gardening can be a great team activity that gets everyone involved.  

It is no coincidence that Thomas Thor, leading recruitment agency in the nuclear industry, sought to get involved with a project that would generate positive energy: restructuring the garden at Center Kijkduin. 

As Becky Riddle, Office Manager and undercover gardening talent puts it; “We were looking for something hands on, where we could really get out and work together as a team; this turned out to be a great fit for us as we are all about energy and people.” 

Cordaan were equally happy for the help - ever since its beginning, Center Kijkduin has been a safe place where visitors come to relax, socialize and find community with others. Although it is open to everyone, a majority of regulars are people who have, or are currently, recovering from mental illness.  

Starting from scratch, an afternoon of hard (but fun) work was all it took for the Thomas Thor office to completely transform the garden with a new landscape ready for blooming spring. 


At the end of the day, the garden was completely transformed. 

Connecting Thomas Thor to Cordaan 

For Thea, organizer at Center Kijkduin, restoring the garden has been on the agenda for a while but the time and investment needed made it a difficult task to complete.  

“We like shorter projects like this because they are easier for our visitors to handle. It’s important to find a good balance, where we can suit to the needs of regular visitors without overwhelming them."  

The garden is appreciated by everyone at Center Kijkduin, both staff and visitors. As soon as the weather allowsit fills up with the bustle of daily life and exciting activities.  

“It’s so important to do something with the garden. A project like this is positive for everyone involved and a beautiful garden helps to attract people to come out.”  

Restructuring the garden had been on the agenda for a while. 

Connecting to nature  

“Just being near nature is something we often take for granted but really has immense impact on our mental health,” says Kasey, teacher and enthusiastic project leader who has always had a love for gardening. When drafting the project, the underlying incentive was to help everyone involved.  

“Thea and I worked closely together to figure out what the top priorities were - we wanted to make the garden a place through which both regular visitors and the local community could benefit. Being around nature is a huge advantage for people with mental advantages. There are now countless studies to show its immediate effects.”  

Getting involved with voluntary projects as this not only helps the immediate community and visitors of the community center; but also enforces the great benefits of team building. At the end of the day, we left Center Kijkduin with a smile on our faces, knowing that the work put in will benefit many visitors to come.  

Why not stop by to see the result for yourself? Better yet - would you like to get involved on another project like this? See how you can help out the community in a way that fits your organization at