Making it a Day ON, Not a Day Off!
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'' - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Last year Binc set aside the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday as a company-wide Day of Service to honor the dedication of Dr. King and his lifelong mission to serve his community and empower individuals. This year we continued the tradition with our Second Annual MLK Day of Service. Rather than giving a day off of work, Bincers were given a “day on” where we took time away from our day-to-day to provide a positive impact and give back to those around us as Dr. King would have done.
Bincers across the nation, from California to New York, joined forces and participated in a number of different service projects. Each service project was quite unique from the other, yet all provided Bincers with unforgettable experiences where they were able to donate their time towards building up our communities in a substantially meaningful way.
Bay Area Bincers
Our Bay Area Bincers spent the day working with Urban Releaf planting trees at Brookfield Elementary School in Oakland, CA.
"Being able to help elementary school students have access to cleaner air and safer playgrounds, on a day that honors one of my personal heroes, was an extremely rewarding experience. To be a part of a company that not only allows us to take a day to give back to our community but also where there is company-wide participation from the founders on down is one of the reasons I am proud to be a Bincer!" - Greg Frank
LA Area Bincers
In LA we worked with Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to help preserve the White Point Native Plant Demonstration Garden.
“Binc LA spent MLK Service Day at the White Point Native Plant Demonstration Garden helping preserve the lands' natural resources by removing invasive weeds throughout the property. It was definitely hard work, but, being in the sunlight and getting my hands dirty, I actually found it quite therapeutic and satisfying. At the end of the day, we learned that, alongside the participating community members, we contributed to the removal of hundreds of pounds of weeds (nearly unfathomable!). Ultimately, I appreciated spending time outdoors with my colleagues; something out of the norm for a tech-centric company.” - Chloe Sehati
“The Whitepoint Nature Preserve was a very peaceful place, which made it easy to spend the morning with my fellow Bincers pulling the invasive weeds that threatened the area. At first, it seemed like a daunting task, but, by the end, I was really surprised by the impact we were able to make on the land as a team.” - Kyrsten Lew
In Florida, we went to the L.A. Lee YMCA Family Center to paint little libraries that will be placed around the community for people to share free books.
Texas Bincers took the day to write letters that will be delivered to kids through Cards for Hospitalized Kids.
New York Bincers
In New York, Bincers wrote letters to state representatives urging them to support a bill to grant basic rights to farm workers.
In Las Vegas, we collected trash at Spring Mountain State Park and put together kits for people experiencing homelessness.
“The Las Vegas team had a great time cleaning up trash in the theatre area and on the trails at Spring Mountain Ranch to help them get ready for their high volume seasons. We even got to see a few snow flurries...in Vegas!!” - Alex Cheney
Bincers in Idaho went to the Human Society to read books to cats.
“My children and I spent MLK day at our local animal shelter, Mountain Humane, reading to cats. The shelter uses this activity to ensure their feline population has enough 1:1 time socializing with people. It was an absolutely incredible experience and my kids loved "reading" and playing with the kitties. Now that I know this opportunity exists in my community, we will start visiting the shelter on a more regular basis to share our books, love, and snuggles with the kitties in need. “ - Joanna Bradley