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  • By Natasha Whitledge
    WePledge 1% February Cause of the Month: 3 Ways to Support Racial Equity WePledge_Blog_800x400-OPTA-Feb.png

    1% makes a world of difference. In honor of U.S. Black History Month, we’re reflecting, educating ourselves and advocating for social and racial justice.

    Hello, WePledge 1% members and Twilio community!

    To help you live your 1% pledge, we provide monthly inspiration and tips for doing good in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This month the UN celebrates World Day of Social Justice on February 20 and the U.S. celebrates Black History Month, a time to remember and honor the rich and vibrant stories of Black people while acknowledging the pain and challenges the Black community continues to face. 

    In the words of Barack Obama, Black History Month is about the “lived, shared experience of all African Americans, high and low, famous and obscure, and how those experiences have shaped and challenged and ultimately strengthened America. It’s about taking an unvarnished look at the past so …

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  • By Natasha Whitledge
    WePledge 1% January Cause of the Month: Human Rights WePledge 1% Blog Header - January

    1% makes a world of difference. This month, WePledge 1% encourages you to advocate for human rights.

    To help you live your pledge, we provide monthly inspiration and tips for doing good in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We’re kicking off 2021 by taking the opportunity to reaffirm the importance of human rights in our movement for social good.

    The UN defines human rights as the “rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more.” The protection of diverse identities and backgrounds are at the core of the SDGs because sustainable development cannot be driven without preserving human dignity.

    In January, WePledge 1% is highlighting ways to advocate for human …

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  • By Natasha Whitledge
    5 tips to make your virtual week of service a success 5 tips to make your virtual week of service a success

    WePledge has empowered employees at Twilio to radically improve their communities by donating 1% of their time and resources to causes they care about. But being a force for good has looked different this year. 2020 has been challenging for many, making it even harder to fit philanthropy into everyday life.

    That challenge was front and center for our Employee Impact team as we planned our Global Week of Service — an annual event for Twilions across the world to come together and volunteer in their communities. We knew we’d be contending not only with a global pandemic, but also election anxiety, the challenges caregivers are facing supporting children or loved ones, video conferencing burnout, and general year-end exhaustion. This meant we needed to reimagine the event and how we promoted it entirely.

    And reimagine it, we did. Twilio volunteers, nearly 1,700 strong, showed us that while volunteering in …

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  • By Natasha Whitledge
    How you can stay engaged and volunteer from home Stay engaged and volunteer from home

    Now more than ever we’re hearing that people want to stay connected to and support their communities. With the cancellation of non-essential group activities among cities, corporations, schools, etc., volunteer support is dropping by 80% or more for many nonprofits. Virtual volunteering can help fill some of this gap and provide a way for people to make a positive impact from their homes.

    Not only is virtual volunteerism a safe and creative way to help, it can also provide a much needed break from a long day of video-calls that so many of us are experiencing in this new environment.

    We realize that sometimes it’s hard to know where to start, and that’s why we’ve compiled a list of recommended virtual volunteer opportunities across a variety of skill sets and needs. If you have found additional virtual opportunities, please share them with us at wepledge@twilio.com and we’ll add them to …

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  • By Natasha Whitledge
    Why We Pledge: How Twilions are Making a Global Impact Copy of Event Template L 1200 x 628.png

    Empower Others. Those words are not just a catchphrase at Twilio. Instead, they have been the foundation of our core values and products since the very beginning.

    Twilions know that unleashing human potential — both within our company and throughout our communities — is key not just to our success, but to the greater good we wish to see in the world. 

    As we’ve grown as a company and our culture evolved, so has our desire to do our part in creating a better, more just world. We saw this with Twilio's commitment as a company to Pledge 1% of our time, equity and funds to doing good. 

    And we see it in the personal passions of Twilions. Like Kathryn Shirley in Atlanta, who donates her time to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Georgia, providing Wishes for children with life-threatening, critical illnesses to enrich their human experience. Or Alex Alleyne …

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