Since March, we’ve been doing our part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. In the spirit of that — and the holidays — we’re canceling our annual holiday party and donating a portion of the allocated funds to our four favorite charities.
These charitable organizations are doing incredible work supporting childhood education, ending hunger, advocating for human rights, fighting human trafficking, and promoting STEM education. For the remainder of this month, and through January, our Omnitrackers will be voting on their charities of choice, and we will distribute the funds proportionately based on the votes.
Read on to learn more about the four charities we’re supporting and how you can support them, too.
The Hunger Project
Since 1977, The Hunger Project has been a champion fighter in the fight against world hunger, a devastating humanitarian crisis that has left 690 million people around the globe chronically undernourished. What makes this organization stand out from other relief organizations is its strategic, holistic approach to combating the hunger crisis, working to establish women-centered, community-led programs that address the root causes of hunger and poverty.
From mobilizing international support to stop famine in Somalia in the early 80s to launching an initiative in 2000 that has provided leadership training to nearly 80,000 women in vulnerable communities, the organization continues to make a substantial impact in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. As of today, they have helped nearly 16 million people in 13,000 communities.
Learn more about how you can help them make a difference.
Truckers Against Trafficking
As a fleet-focused business, we are very proud of our long-standing partnership with organizations like Truckers Against Trafficking. There are currently an estimated 40+ million human trafficking victims around the world. Trafficking has been reported across the U.S., which alone is estimated to have hundreds of thousands of cases.
The organization recognizes the unique advantage that truckers have as the eyes and ears of our nation’s roadways. As such, they have prioritized educating members of the trucking, bus, and energy industries on how to recognize warning signs of human trafficking. With the help of truckers, they have identified 1,278 victims of human trafficking.
Whether you’re representing a company, are a trucker, or a Good Samaritan wanting to make a difference, anyone can get involved with Truckers Against Trafficking. Read the many ways you can lend your support.
Girls Who Code
In conjunction with being fleet-focused, we’re also tech-focused! That’s why we’re delighted to support Girls Who Code, an organization working to close the gender gap in tech. Today, only 24% of computer scientists are women — a 13% drop from 1995. Girls Who Code has recognized that the most significant reduction of girls in computer science is between the ages of 13 and 17. The organization has helped 300,000 girls — half of whom are from historically underrepresented groups — in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and India ignite their passion for science and tech with their innovative and interactive programs.
Their organizational values are centered around bravery, sisterhood, and activism. With these values in mind, the organization’s leaders are working with legislators to close the gender gap in tech in K-12 classrooms. They have worked with state governments to pass legislation in Kentucky, India, Washington, and Colorado. They have also influenced impactful policy changes in Florida and Utah.
From starting an after-school club to making a donation, there are many ways you can get involved with Girls Who Code. Check out their page to learn more.
We are proud to work in Mexico, and we are incredibly honored to support organizations doing impactful work there. For nearly 12 years, Espacio Mujeres has worked to combat violence against women. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines femicide as the intentional murder of women and girls. According to WHO, femicide is mostly committed by partners or ex-partners, and it usually starts with ongoing abuse in the home. It mainly impacts women who have less power and fewer resources than their partners. In Mexico, cases have increased by 137% in the last five years.
Today, Espacio Mujeres has helped over 25,000 people: female victims of violence and their children. They work to identify cases, help women and their children leave their violent environments, and support the women and their children with rebuilding their lives with dignity and integrity.
Learn more about how you can support Espacio Mujeres through volunteer work, a donation, or a social service commitment.
We feel especially honored to have the opportunity to give back this holiday season. This year, we are also proud to support Wreaths Across America with our eleventh consecutive annual donation. Check out our blog post from last year on the exciting, pre-COVID ways we got to participate in their yearly holiday initiative. No matter what you celebrate, we wish everyone a holiday season of merriment, joy, and giving.