Monthly Community Roundup: March 2022

Monthly Community Roundup

ICYMI

Our Community Managers Thoughts: community findings, cool ideas, things you should know, etc.

  • @thomasshaped is continuing on the quest to get all your GitHub Actions so check out our last AMA with Ed Thomson as well as highlighted updates on the feature launchpad in his latest C2C post! :rocket:
  • Peep @liligalante’s updates re: the new Welcome Center posts and shoutouts to some of you for asking and answering–we love to see it. Plus, she follows up on the feedback you shared in our latest survey. Here’s to making this a more thriving community!

YouTube shorts and snacks:

Bigger Bites

Feature: The spotlight this month is on Hubber, @toyae. I had the pleasure to virtually meet Toya within my first month at GitHub-–creating backpack kits for kids in need. How cool is that? To be able to volunteer for a great cause, from the comfort of my home during a pandemic. Toya is on our Social Impact team–and if you’re wondering what all that entails, then please take a seat and read her inspiring story :slight_smile:

Activating Hubbers to make an impact

Hi, I’m @toyae :wave:

I am located in Atlanta, GA, and Miami, FL. If you put in “Peachtree” as your destination, your GPS might be confused. There are over 55 streets with the name. And another fun fact: Miami is the only major city founded by a woman. A huge thank you to Julia Tuttle.

I am the Social Impact, Program Manager. I have the privilege of leading our Employee Volunteering and Giving initiatives at GitHub. Essentially, it means making a significant or positive change to solve or address social injustices and challenges. Many businesses achieve these goals through engagement activities with employees. The Social Impact team at GitHub empowers nonprofits and the greater social sector to drive positive and lasting contributions to the world with GitHub products, our brand, and our employees.

Now let’s talk about precisely what I do. Let me start by saying that I love to connect with people, particularly with employees 1:1. I’m a true advocate of people first, then the work. We’re not robots; we all have feelings and opinions, and I want my work to reflect the business needs and what employees are passionate about, whether it’s their family, community, animal(s), or a unique skill set. You can look at me as someone who unites employees to their passion. Meeting with employees 1:1 allows me to get to know them as individuals and not just what they were hired to do at GitHub. I then take their passion for whatever causes they most care about and I show them how to give that incredible power that they have and pour it back into others. This is the most selfless act anyone can do.

In March of 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic. This affected the world in many ways. Not being able to connect in person compelled me to think of creative ways to connect with people virtually while still being mindful that many were helping family members who may have lost their job due to COVID-19, or may not have been able to work due to illnesses. I knew that I had to instill hope into individuals during challenging times virtually by spreading joy and doing small acts of kindness. One virtual event that employees did was write letters to the elderly to cheer them up with inspirational cards during a time when visiting was not allowed at nursing homes. Can you imagine not being able to see your family for months and then receiving a letter in the email from someone across the world filled with inspiration? When I’m gearing up for a company-wide event, it’s a personal goal to activate as many employees as I possibly can, it’s ensuring that GitHub as a company casts a wide net in communities around the world to find out the needs of the community and then activate our employees to fulfill their needs, not just one time but continually so organizations know that they have a lifetime partner to help make a difference one good deed at a time.

Now that you have a glimpse into the most fantastic job ever. You’re probably wondering what I do in my free time? Well, it’s all about family, especially my 4-year old daughter, Troi. I love spending time with my family and traveling to new places around the world. Being able to explore new surroundings and engage with different people inspires me to do more in the world for my family, Hubbers, and my community.

Thank you @toyae for sharing your story and passions with us! Personally speaking, I am so grateful to be part of an organization that prioritizes social impact and is equipped with people like you!

Hot Off the (Product) Press

Thank you for reading our March Monthly Roundup! A special thank you to @toyae for sharing her story and work with us. If you’d like to be featured or have any ideas on how we can improve, please let us know below.

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I also got to meet @toyae in my first month at GitHub, not only is she doing fantastic work (I’m so excited for Volunteer Month), she is a fantastic person!

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