Groupon Volunteer-a-Thon: Why Carol Volunteers

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at June 30th, 2015

This June, in celebration of Groupon’s Super-Competitive, Very Serious Employee Volunteer-a-thon, we will be featuring one employee each day who will share why they volunteer. Groupon’s Employee Volunteer-a-thon is how we harness our collective employee power for positive change and highlight the great work being done in communities in which employees live, work, and play. Join us on Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Lincoln Park Zoo for our first-ever Volunteer Olympics for a fun-filled, family-friendly, open-to-the-public afternoon of volunteering!

Groupon Volunteer Carol

I am grateful for the family, colleagues, mentors and friends who have shared perspectives and provided guidance and counsel — and asked nothing in return.  Paying it forward is my expression of gratitude. In terms of taking care of our community, for me, its simply a good thing to do. Helping others, preserving nature and parks is a quality of life choice. Why I volunteer? Because it’s important to me.” Carol, SVP of Human Resources and Executive Sponsor of Groupon’s Employee Volunteer Program 

Volunteering is to Groupon as grapes is to wine. #grouponvolunteers


Groupon Volunteer-a-Thon: Why Prasanth Volunteers

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at June 29th, 2015

This June, in celebration of Groupon’s Super-Competitive, Very Serious Employee Volunteer-a-thon, we will be featuring one employee each day who will share why they volunteer. Groupon’s Employee Volunteer-a-thon is how we harness our collective employee power for positive change and highlight the great work being done in communities in which employees live, work, and play. Join us on Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Lincoln Park Zoo for our first-ever Volunteer Olympics for a fun-filled, family-friendly, open-to-the-public afternoon of volunteering!

Groupon Volunteer Prasanth

“I volunteer because it allows me to immerse myself in fundamental problems that face us today. I have been wondering about what we need to do in order to be more careful in the use of our resources. Volunteering for Green@ helped me think deeper about that and help others contribute to it too. While working for Green@, I have got to meet super smart and caring folks at Groupon across offices.” Prasanth, Software Engineer for Mobile Engineering in Palo Alto

Volunteering is to Groupon as a beard is to Chuck Norris. #grouponvolunteers


Groupon Volunteer-a-Thon: Why Dan Volunteer

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at June 26th, 2015

This June, in celebration of Groupon’s Super-Competitive, Very Serious Employee Volunteer-a-thon, we will be featuring one employee each day who will share why they volunteer. Groupon’s Employee Volunteer-a-thon is how we harness our collective employee power for positive change and highlight the great work being done in communities in which employees live, work, and play. Join us on Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Lincoln Park Zoo for our first-ever Volunteer Olympics for a fun-filled, family-friendly, open-to-the-public afternoon of volunteering!

Groupon Volunteer Dan

“I volunteer because it’s a great reminder that life is good and that there are bigger and better things to involve yourself in than your usual day-to-day schedule.  Whether I’m having a busy week at work or experiencing some other form of stress, giving back brightens so many other people’s days which makes me forget about all the other negligible things on my plate.  I especially enjoy working with kids, because they’re always so appreciative and enjoyable to work with. It’s the best feeling in the world when you get done with an event and you know you had a lasting, positive impact on a specific individual or a community as a whole. I love my city, and I love the people that live here, so I’m just spreading that love as much as I can.” Dan, National Account Manager in Chicago 

Volunteering is to Groupon as the Remix is to Ignition. #grouponvolunteers


Groupon Volunteer-a-Thon: Why Irene Volunteers

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at June 25th, 2015

This June, in celebration of Groupon’s Super-Competitive, Very Serious Employee Volunteer-a-thon, we will be featuring one employee each day who will share why they volunteer. Groupon’s Employee Volunteer-a-thon is how we harness our collective employee power for positive change and highlight the great work being done in communities in which employees live, work, and play. Join us on Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Lincoln Park Zoo for our first-ever Volunteer Olympics for a fun-filled, family-friendly, open-to-the-public afternoon of volunteering!

Groupon Volunteer Irene

“I volunteer because…it’s a win-win!  My community wins by having my time and energy spent on activities that strengthen it.  I win three times over by:

  • increasing my happiness knowing I’ve made a difference (it’s a well-researched fact that volunteering begets happiness!)

  • doing things outside of my comfort zone

  • bonding with great people along the way!

Irene, Senior Research Manager in Chicago

Volunteering is to Groupon as apple pie is to Fourth of July. #grouponvolunteers


Groupon Volunteer-a-Thon: Why Ryan Volunteers

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at June 24th, 2015

This June, in celebration of Groupon’s Super-Competitive, Very Serious Employee Volunteer-a-thon, we will be featuring one employee each day who will share why they volunteer. Groupon’s Employee Volunteer-a-thon is how we harness our collective employee power for positive change and highlight the great work being done in communities in which employees live, work, and play. Join us on Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Lincoln Park Zoo for our first-ever Volunteer Olympics for a fun-filled, family-friendly, open-to-the-public afternoon of volunteering!

Groupon Volunteer Ryan

Me with my group of ambassadors last summer doing a park clean-up in Humboldt Park! Each ambassador is from a different part of the US or country. From China to Kentucky, and anywhere in between!

“I volunteer because…I want to give back what so many others have given to me. I was fortunate enough to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) seminar when I was 16-years-old, and since then I have been empowered to make volunteering a big part of my life. So, I’m thrilled I work for a company that encourages volunteering. Through HOBY, and now Groupon, I am able to give back to my communities, ultimately empowering a new wave of volunteerism. I could not imagine my life without the various volunteering opportunities I have been blessed with, and the future opportunities to come!” Ryan, Customer Support Representative 

Volunteering is to Groupon as Kim Kardashian is to selfies. #grouponvolunteers


Groupon Volunteer-a-Thon: Why Melissa Volunteers

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at June 23rd, 2015

This June, in celebration of Groupon’s Super-Competitive, Very Serious Employee Volunteer-a-thon, we will be featuring one employee each day who will share why they volunteer. Groupon’s Employee Volunteer-a-thon is how we harness our collective employee power for positive change and highlight the great work being done in communities in which employees live, work, and play. Join us on Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Lincoln Park Zoo for our first-ever Volunteer Olympics for a fun-filled, family-friendly, open-to-the-public afternoon of volunteering!

Groupon Volunteer Melissa

“I volunteer because… I think of my former students and how I want to give back for them. Before my life at Groupon, I spent my time as a math teacher in Oklahoma City with the best group of students in the whole world. They taught me to speak up and help everyone because you may not know what they may be struggling with. Giving back makes us all better!” Melissa, Talent Development Specialist in Chicago

Volunteering is to Groupon as I am to fried chicken – We’re crazy about it. #grouponvolunteers

 

 


Groupon Volunteer-a-Thon: Why Scott Volunteers

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at June 22nd, 2015

This June, in celebration of Groupon’s Super-Competitive, Very Serious Employee Volunteer-a-thon, we will be featuring one employee each day who will share why they volunteer. Groupon’s Employee Volunteer-a-thon is how we harness our collective employee power for positive change and highlight the great work being done in communities in which employees live, work, and play. Join us on Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Lincoln Park Zoo for our first-ever Volunteer Olympics for a fun-filled, family-friendly, open-to-the-public afternoon of volunteering!

Groupon Volunteer Scott

“I volunteer because… it makes me feel human again. It would be easy to forget there’s a world outside of my computer, and that there are real problems in the world that we need to bring our heads together and find solutions. They’re just not going to solve themselves!” Scott, Quality Assurance in Chicago

Volunteering is to Groupon as similes are to metaphors. #grouponvolunteers


Groupon Volunteer-a-Thon: Why Melissa Volunteers

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at June 19th, 2015

This June, in celebration of Groupon’s Super-Competitive, Very Serious Employee Volunteer-a-thon, we will be featuring one employee each day who will share why they volunteer. Groupon’s Employee Volunteer-a-thon is how we harness our collective employee power for positive change and highlight the great work being done in communities in which employees live, work, and play. Join us on Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Lincoln Park Zoo for our first-ever Volunteer Olympics for a fun-filled, family-friendly, open-to-the-public afternoon of volunteering!

Melissa Groupon Volunteer

 

I volunteer because…I truly enjoy helping people and seeing the impact that a group of people can make on the world.  Another reason I volunteer because, honestly, the world is just not very nice these days. Trying to help our fellow man/woman is almost frowned upon it seems. I have always been one that would do anything to make someone smile, especially on their worst day. The world is just so beautiful, yet everyone seems to only see the bad.  People tend to miss the amazement of a sunrise….the amazing colors, smells, animals just waking up, stretching, and yawning. The beauty is all around us and yet we only see the ugliness. If my volunteering to cause someone to smile by cutting their hair when they would not be able to afford to, mowing their lawn when they are work so they have extra time for all of life’s other needs, raising awareness for a sickness that no one wants to talk about, dropping flowers on a neighbor’s door who has not had a visitor in days or even years. Life is so precious and so short… I love that fact of seeing people smile for any reason, no reason at all, or just because they do not know what else to do. I love helping people when they have no idea who did it or for what reason. By doing it this way, I can only hope that they will then do something nice for someone else and cause them to smile. Everyone wants to believe they are put on this Earth for a reason. Well, I feel my reason is to make people happy.  I always like to ask people random questions like what was the best Christmas gift they have ever received? It is so awesome to see their faces light up when they talk about the game, bike, trip, etc that they received and will usually go into the story about it.  I guess I am being very long winded, but in short, I volunteer to cause happiness in the world, where some days, I feel there is not very much. I volunteer to help people who are having trouble helping themselves. I volunteer to help people have a smile that day. I help people because it fuels my soul and I feel it gives me purpose in life.” – Melissa, Operations in Kentucky

Volunteering is to Groupon as water is to flowers, it makes us grow! #grouponvolunteers


Groupon Volunteer-a-Thon: Why Joey Volunteers

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at June 18th, 2015

This June, in celebration of Groupon’s Super-Competitive, Very Serious Employee Volunteer-a-thon, we will be featuring one employee each day who will share why they volunteer. Groupon’s Employee Volunteer-a-thon is how we harness our collective employee power for positive change and highlight the great work being done in communities in which employees live, work, and play. Join us on Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Lincoln Park Zoo for our first-ever Volunteer Olympics for a fun-filled, family-friendly, open-to-the-public afternoon of volunteering!

Joey Groupon Volunteer

“I volunteer because it’s a fun way to be active and give back to our community. I love walking by areas we’ve volunteered at and knowing that we’ve been able to improve our community. So far, we’ve painted a church, cleaned up a park, and gardened at Chicago City Farms. Every opportunity was a great way to help and connect with our team outside of work.” – Joey, Product and Market for Home and Auto

Volunteering is to Groupon as hockey is to Chicago. #grouponvolunteers

 


Groupon Volunteer-a-Thon: Why Sandy Volunteers

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at June 17th, 2015

This June, in celebration of Groupon’s Super-Competitive, Very Serious Employee Volunteer-a-thon, we will be featuring one employee each day who will share why they volunteer. Groupon’s Employee Volunteer-a-thon is how we harness our collective employee power for positive change and highlight the great work being done in communities in which employees live, work, and play. Join us on Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Lincoln Park Zoo for our first-ever Volunteer Olympics for a fun-filled, family-friendly, open-to-the-public afternoon of volunteering!

Sandy Groupon Volunteer

“I want a stake in making my community a better place for everyone. We all share this amazing city, and contributing to all its citizens having a cleaner, friendlier, more accessible spaces to live in is extremely important to me. Volunteers help fill in the gaps that aren’t always taken care of, whether there’s a green space that has been ignored, a food pantry that needs help, or marginalized citizens or kids that need a hand. We’re all in this together, and volunteering has given me a way to be a part of the positive changes in our neighborhoods. Imagine where we’d be if everyone volunteered?” Sandy, Editor

Volunteering is to Groupon as water is to gardens. #grouponvolunteers