This Year We Resolve to Keep Scaring, Paddling, & Eating Pizza
We didn’t stroll into the New Year, we barged in: full-force, nose to the grindstone, ready for some serious social marketing!
Now that the dust has settled, we’ve made some time to circle back and jump-start another activity that’s near and dear to our hearts: #BeNiceAndSocial. #BeNiceAndSocial is our company-wide program that supports employee-led activities that provide sustaining skills, resources, and guidance to help Austinites realize their full potential.
Social is at our core because it has the power to do good—a lot of good. We put #SocialFirst in everything we do and serving our community is no exception. We're looking back at our favorite #BeNiceAndSocial moments of 2014 so that we can look forward to what we resolve to continue in 2015.
Last August we put our strength to the test at the Tech Paddle Games, an obstacle course competition that benefits Austin Sunshine Camps (ASC). ASC is a nonprofit that supports low income youth through mentorship and outdoor experiences, and while we didn’t paddle the fastest, we still had a blast giving back to a deserving cause.
Eight other companies competed at the Tech Paddle Games, and together we raised over $27,000. We didn’t win, but we got a good workout (believe me) and this year we pledge to keep on paddling!
— Courtney Doman (@cjdoman) August 2, 2014
Support from afar
In the fall, social got a little bit spookier when the Spredfast team spent the day building the SCARE for a CURE haunted house. SCARE for a CURE is a nonprofit organization that raises money for Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas.
— Elizabeth Winkler (@lizwinks) September 12, 2014
The Spredfast crew helped construct, paint, design, and power drill a scarily good Zombie Wasteland. It was a horrifying experience (we mean that in the best way) that we’re excited to repeat!
— Kevin Dasch (@kmdasch) September 12, 2014
Proof of power tool usage.
In December, we were a proud sponsor of the Carnival O’ Pizza. The annual celebration benefitted Austin Bat Cave (ABC), a nonprofit that provides children with tutoring and writing skills. For its ninth year, the party has been hosted by Home Slice, one of Austin's favorite pizza joints. Home Slice throws the event annually to give back to the neighborhood that has made the restaurant a local treasure. As true advocates for all things pizza and community service, we didn't think twice about adding the Carnival O' Pizza to the #BeNiceAndSocial volunteer agenda.
It was an afternoon filled with games, music, and of course, a pizza eating competition. This year, the event raised nearly $23,000, enough for Austin Bat Cave to offer free writing programs to over 1,200 under-served students. As Homeslice is our witness, we pledge to keep coming to the Carnival!
The dough tossing competition was fierce
Fun Fact: In 2010, the carnival’s Eggplant Sub Competition went on for 63 hours—that’s nearly 3 days spent standing with your hand on 3 foot sandwich!
— Joe Curry (@Joe_Curry) December 13, 2014
Doing the dunk
We Still Have Room for More
Last fall, we brought nonprofits to our office for a Charity Fair so the Spredfast team could learn about even more opportunities to volunteer. Do you know an Austin organization that would make a great addition to #BeNiceAndSocial? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re always looking for more opportunities to stay social with the Austin community.