The Sabre News team sat down with Jennifer Barkley, Sabre Manager of Global Community Involvement, to learn more about Give Time Together, Sabre’s global volunteer campaign.
Q: I hear a lot of employees talk about what a great program Give Time Together is. What exactly is Give Time Together all about?
A: Give Time Together is our annual global volunteer week, May 13-17 this year. Employees are encouraged to join their team members, colleagues and customers to donate their time and skills through various volunteer events offered in partnership with non-profit organizations in the communities where we live and work around the world. So far this year, we have over 250 volunteer events planned worldwide. In October, we host Give Time Together’s sister program, Give Together, which is our global giving and fundraising campaign.
Q: That sounds like a big undertaking. How does it all work?
A: The beauty of this campaign is that it’s run almost entirely by employee volunteers. Committees comprised of executives and various levels of employees help organize and plan the campaign each year, mobilize employees in our global offices and communicate special events. Committee members rotate every other year, which keeps it fresh and fun.
Q: What kind of impact does the Give Time Together program have on our global communities?
A: Our employees have donated over 200,000 volunteer hours since we began the program in 2000. But the real value our program is in the long-term, global community partnerships that we foster. Many of our teams adopt a charity for one or two years, supporting them on a year-round basis with both volunteering efforts and our Give Together fundraising program. They take the time to get to know the non-profit organizations so they can provide support where it’s most needed.
Q: It sounds like Sabre invests and lot into these programs. What makes it so important?
A: We have a responsibility to take care of the communities where our employees live and work, just as we have a responsibility to operate our business in a way that is sustainable for the environment while also offering our customers the best products. Give Time Together is just one way we’re fulfilling our commitment to ensure the progress we make as an innovative travel technology company also leaves the world in a better place – socially and environmentally.
Q: How can folks learn more about Give Together and our other Corporate Responsibility programs?
A: Lots of ways! Visit Sabre.com follow us on our Corporate Responsibility Facebook page www.facebook.com/SabreHoldingsCR our @sabrenews Twitter pagewww.twitter.com/@sabrenews or follow the Sabre blog www.sabre.com/ newsroom Employees can find additional information on our intranet site, The Current. And of course, the Sabre Newsroom www.sabre.com/newsroom will continue to have updates, photos and videos to share as our events get underway.