Giving back: On the global scale
Earlier this month, Allscripts launched its inaugural 2021 Global Impact Event. Historically, this event was known as Global Impact Day and served as an opportunity for Allscripts team members to participate in large-scale GiveBack events—such as preparing meals for the homeless or volunteering at a food pantry. (You can view a video recap of our 2019 Global Impact Day here.) But as we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic changed almost every aspect of our lives—including our GiveBack and volunteering programs.
For 2021, we still want to have the largest impact possible, but we realized we needed to be mindful of the health and safety of our associates and their comfort levels regarding in-person activities. Thus, the Global Impact Event was born. This five-week event is two-fold and provides Allscripts associates all over the world the opportunity to participate however they see fit.
The first option centers on volunteering. Using our new volunteer portal, Benevity, Allscripts associates can record their volunteer hours that take place between September 13 and October 15. Allscripts will credit five dollars for each volunteer hour recorded to that employee’s Benevity account. The employee can then donate their total amount to their choice of charity. This enables our associates to send hundreds of donations to charities across the world. So instead of Allscripts deciding which organizations employees will support, we’ll be supporting the charitable work that’s more personal to our team members and their communities.
The second option for the Global Impact Event is for those who are either unable to volunteer or for those who want to go above and beyond. During this event, Allscripts is encouraging associates to donate to Go Give One. Created by the WHO Foundation, this COVID-19 fundraising campaign calls on everyone, everywhere to play their parts in helping vaccinate the world. Every donation of five dollars buys a COVID-19 vaccine. These vaccines are distributed to lower-income countries to help protect people who need vaccines the most. Allscripts will be matching employee donations throughout the Global Impact Event. Together, we can help vaccinate millions of people around the world and protect our loved ones and our communities, as well as prevent the development and spread of variants.
COVID-19 may have forced us to change this event, but I believe this change is for the better. The new event provides so many more opportunities for associates to give back to the causes and charities they care about the most. I’m so excited to see how many organizations and communities are positively affected by the volunteering and donations from our associates!