Thanks to Jennifer on the G-Team for writing about their latest G-Team efforts:
Groupon high school, undergrad, and MBA interns joined together with their “buddy” and other Groupon employees to volunteer at Working Bikes and Growing Power, two non-profits located here in Chicago.
Growing Power is a large urban farm located in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. On site Growing Power composts garbage that they collect from local restaurants. The composted soil is then used to grow fresh vegetables that are sold in the community. There are also bees making money on the roof, worm composting bins large bins, and aquaponic systems on site. Growing Power has many programs that employ and educate Chicago youth about urban farming. Groupon employees got to get their hands dirty by helping Growing Power repair hoop houses, plant basil and tomato plants, transport freshly composted soil and build aquaponic systems. It was not only a great way to give back to the community but also a fun opportunity to interact with new people within Groupon.
Working Bikes is a not-for-profit organization that helps to rescue bicycles from Chicagoland’s waste stream. The bikes are repaired with great love, either for local donation or sale in their bike shop to help fund the overseas delivery of all the remaining bicycles. Groupon volunteers had the opportunity to participate in a project shipping bicycles to another country for donation. Pedals were removed to make bikes more compact, bikes were transported in and out of the building, then tightly and efficiently packed into a large shipping container bound for El Salvador! Employees had an awesome experience exercising their muscles and reveling in the grease and grime knowing their hard work was towards a meaningful purpose!
Here’s what some Groupon volunteers shared with us about their experience:
“The hard work followed by a simple meal and a rocky bus ride, what else can someone ask for in volunteering experience?” – Growing Power Volunteer
“Despite not knowing a lot about bikes to begin with, I felt I was able to help out a lot!” – Working Bikes Volunteer
“Everyone was so nice and helpful, plus I learned a lot about farming and the community. I’m really impressed with the work they do and can see myself going back to help out with friends.” – Growing Power Volunteer
“Great opportunity to get to know new Grouponers, and see the impact we were making.” – Working Bike Volunteer