Affirmed Networks is helping to end the hunger crisis in Massachusetts. Some people may not realize that in Massachusetts, 1 in 10 people are experiencing hunger, along with 7 in 10 certain communities. How is Affirmed helping this cause? Members of the Affirmed team participated in the Boston Walk for Hunger the past two years. The Boston Walk for Hunger is put on every year in May with a goal to raise money for the hungry people of Massachusetts. The walk begins on Beacon Street, takes walkers past Boston College, Eliot Church, Charles River Road, Harvard University, and ends after a walk over the Mass Ave Bridge back to the Boston Public Gardens.
This past May, team “Sticky Rice”, led by Affirmed’s, Thuy Fernandes, helped raise $1,200 to end the hunger crisis in Massachusetts. Thuy chose Sticky Rice as the group’s name because they are sticking together as friends and they added rice to the end because of the walk for hunger. They were able to raise money through the Project Bread website, where they could send out a link to friends and family. Project Bread is the group that puts together the Walk for Hunger and accepts donations directly through the site. Another Affirmed employee, Maureen O’ Boyle, helped Sticky Rice get the word out by sending a companywide email asking all employees to donate. Thankfully, many of them were kind enough to open their hearts and wallets to give back to the community. Also taking part in the walk was Affirmed employee, Poornima Ravishankar. This was Poornima’s first year taking part in the walk, but it has left a powerful impression on her. According to Poornima, she was motivated to join by Thuy and once she was there, she could not believe the amount of support for the cause. To this day the experience motivates her to do more fundraising and volunteer work.
Thuy said many other people from Affirmed participated in the hunger walk, just not as a member of Sticky Rice. If you are interested in joining the Sticky Rice team, Thuy is always looking to add someone who can “rice” to the occasion for a good cause.