At O3, we’re fueled by the opportunity to create meaningful impact. We hold ourselves accountable to changing the lives and perceptions of those we serve – our team, clients, partners and local community – for the better. Each year we partner with incredible organizations whose missions align with our O3 values.
This year we donated over $5,000 across our network to benefit these unique organizations:
- Beat the Streets
- Black Girls Code
- Coded by Kids
- Girls Inc.
- Harriett’s Bookshop
- Hate is a virus campaign
- REC Philly
- The Opt In Network
- The William Way Foundation
In addition to our dollars we donate our time to support those organizations too. Below are some ways that has taken shape.
We teamed up with The Opt In Network to further our knowledge on how to identify and confront biases.
In an effort to excite young Philadelphians about careers in tech and attract the next generation of leaders we:
Led a mentorship program with Roxborough High School to expose students to concepts ranging from information organization and user experience design to basic web development. This reinforces the skills students learn by building websites using HTML and CSS.
Hosted a virtual workshop with TechGirlz for middle school aged girls across the country on how to create an equitable digital experience.
It’s important to note that we also established new programs to better support our team’s philanthropic efforts:
- Extended our employee match program to $5K in 2020.
- Created an employee Volunteer Time Off policy to encourage our employees to give back to the community through volunteering with organizations that matter to them
- Enabled our team to use Bonusly points for charitable donations any day, all year.
And when times were tough during the pandemic we supported these local businesses by purchasing over $2,500 worth of gift cards:
- Philly Style Bagels
- Steap and Grind
- The Parlour
- Good Spoon
- Pizza Shackamaxon
We also created a monthly peer-to-peer program, Pay it Phorward, to provide a small monetary lift to help individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. The generous contributions we received touched the lives of the Chestnut Hill Cleaning Company and the Napper family.
In an effort to alleviate additional COVID-19 related pressures businesses were facing, the O3 Labs team created a messaging service that allows users to find out what’s open for business. Senior Experience Strategist, Josh Soldiers, constructed chat flows for each service type; free food distribution, local bars and alcohol, restaurants, and listing a business. He then designed the experience around SMS messaging, prioritized user inputs, and identified fallbacks. Josh also worked alongside Lead Engineer, Zuhib Daud, to create the optimal experience.
We’re humbled to play our small role in committing to our community to build a better tomorrow.