When the world changed in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and many people began to feel disconnected, MetrumRG stepped up to keep our team members engaged with each other and with our mission to improve health and defeat disease. Since we could not partake in our normal outreach efforts of collecting food, working on a Habitat for Humanity project, or even just sharing a meal together, creativity came into play.
Fun Fridays became a weekly connection for our employees--sharing pictures and favorites and even sometimes dressing in costume--and included themes such as “Dress as an MRG Employee,” “Selfie with Your Pet,” “Lip Sync Challenge,” and “Guess the Baby Picture.” This proved to be a great way to keep in touch while following our stay at home orders around the country.
Our outreach committee also planned a focus for each month that would benefit employees’ health and wellness and provide a way to earn funds for various charities fighting diseases.
We kicked off our efforts for the month of April with a 30-day exercise challenge, checking off every day that we challenged ourselves to 30 minutes of exercise. At the end of the month, those with the most points could win a prize and choose a charity for a contribution. May was a challenge to share and spread kindness. Throughout shutdowns around the country, people were creative in helping each other and expressing gratitude, so we encouraged our employees to scatter kindness. During the month of June, we once again participated in the Longest Day fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, engaging our employees in a month-long game of scavenger hunt bingo, exercising our brains, and awarding donations on behalf of the winners. July has brought us back to exercising our bodies, keeping track of miles completed with the company pledging for each mile.
Through these efforts and the generosity of MetrumRG and our employees, we have been able to donate to ten different charities over the last four months. Some of the charities were selected due to current events in the country such as the fight against Covid-19 to such organizations as Get Us PPE and Save the Children, as well as supporting organizations that serve the African American community, including the Sickle Cell Disease Association and the National Society of Black Engineers’ Seek program.
We eagerly await a safe time to gather together, but in the meantime we will continue to find ways to stay connected and join in helping to defeat diseases.