"People are hungry, homeless, and grieving at the loss of their loved ones. What can we do? What else can we give?" MicroSourcing VP of Talent Acquisition Eric Concepcion posed a question that triggered the largest relief operations the company has ever seen.
MicroSourcing leaders and employees rallied to raise resources for the 4.3 million Filipino survivors of Typhoon Yolanda, the strongest typhoon in record that caused havoc in 36 provinces and displaced 340 thousand people.
An online portal was launched for donations from the MicroSourcing community. Employees donated part of their 13th month pay, which started the Yolanda fund with Php458,160. Clients also came forward to contribute to the campaign - 12 client companies donating a generous $500 - $2,500. MicroSourcing’s shareholders and CSR department matched all contributions.
Apart from personal donations, employees vied to cancel the annual Christmas party and donate the budget to the Yolanda fund. The holiday party budget officially went to relief and rehabilitation efforts after a company-wide vote and an almost unanimous decision.
Employee volunteers did more for Yolanda survivors. They mobilized their own initiatives and tapped MicroSourcing’s hundreds of willing volunteers. Teams gathered to repack relief goods at the headquarters of several organizations: Red Cross, Ateneo de Manila University, GMA’s Kapuso Foundation, and government agency Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Volunteer leaders also collected in-kind donations of food, clothing, and medicine. Donated supplies were delivered to Red Cross and DSWD.
A side story of great impact, Rolando Loredo from Eastwood Operations posted a picture of himself and his teammates holding up a sign, "Our holiday party budget goes to Yolanda victims." They meant to encourage their colleagues to vote to donate the budget, instead their message reached a thousand more.
The photo was featured in 24 Oras, a nightly newscast of GMA News. This was widely shared online, gathering hundreds of comments from people sharing what the gesture inspired them to contribute. While Rolando and his team have helped out through donations, they multiplied their impact by empowering other people to extend support in their own simple ways.
In total, employees and clients raised Php3,065,239.82 for relief and rehabilitation efforts. All donations will be turned over to MicroSourcing’s partner organizations in the next 3-4 weeks:
While full recovery for affected provinces will take time, MicroSourcing is grateful for the opportunity to support many Filipinos in rebuilding their lives.