A venue for having fun, building relationships, and giving back to the community -- The Eastwood Operations Team of MicroSourcing organized an outreach activity with their team-building budget to put a creative and more fulfilling spin on fostering team spirit.
All members of Eastwood Operations led an outreach program at the headquarters of Friendship Home of Father Luis Amigo last March 2, Saturday. The goals of the department for the activity are: to give back to the community, to bond and enjoy each other’s company, and to celebrate the birthdays of two team members, VP of Operations (Eastwood) Maricel Salao and Operations Supervisor Rob Caoc. Their beneficiary organization, Friendship Home, provides residential and community-based programs and services for children and youth. Friendship Home develops and motivates participants into becoming young leaders in their schools and communities.
The Outreach Program was well organized. Volunteer leaders from the department's Call Center Vertical facilitated fun and reflective activities for their colleagues and their newfound friends at Friendship Home. Around eighty (80) volunteers and kids were organized into four teams of colors blue, green, pink, and orange. All team members worked together to conquer a game of "the boat is sinking", to win a themed poster-making contest, and to paint the best, live picture of realistic and humorous scenarios. Singing and dancing were the day's highlights. Everyone had fun dancing the Filipino novelty "Cha-cha" and singing an action song, "I love the thrill that I feel when I get together with God's wonderful people."
The maturity and leadership qualities of the youth stood out in all these activities. In explaining the team's representation of "Happiness and Me," a little girl in the 5th grade described loving parents who are without money and who reside in a small house but are able to experience happiness because of their love for each other.
The team served chicken and burger meals from the Filipino-favorite food chain Jollibee for lunch. Before saying goodbye, goodie bags containing school supplies, biscuits, candies, and drinks were distributed to the kids. Grocery baskets were also given to the organization.
"It was great that we were able to do something different. We had fun and at the same time got the chance to give back to the community," sums up MicroSourcing Operations Manager (MDC) Melanie Dunham, who led the planning and organization of the outreach activity.