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How to Make an Impact in a Time of Giving

November 20, 2017 — by Diana Clough

For everyone who wants and has given back to their community, this post is for you.

We’re quite lucky MediaMath not only has amazing, collaborative and smart people to work with, but it also has a focus on giving back. Through MediaMath.org, employees can donate to a charity directly from their paychecks and MediaMath will match between 50 and 100 percent. Cool, huh?

Aside from donations, MediaMath.org started something called Impact Week where internal employees bring to life various volunteer opportunities around the MediaMath globe for the entire company to participate in. As one of the founders of our internal Women in Tech group, which empowers women to network, learn and grown in their roles and within the industry, I felt this was a wonderful opportunity to bring underserved female students into MediaMath for a day to hear from and shadow our female leaders so they can learn and see what their futures can potentially hold. We even held 1:1 resume reviews for the students.

The climate for females in the workplace today is primed for opportunity with lots to still overcome, as has been highlighted in the media over the last year, particularly in Silicon Valley. But thankfully, MediaMath is helping to pave the way. Building the skills and confidence to push through any barriers starts young. Our 24 MediaMath volunteers worked with our 20 Opportunity Network students to make for a successful event!

“The answers provided were very powerful and there is one statement that was mentioned that will always stay with me- be resilient and never take a step back when faced with obstacles,” one of the students wrote in an email.

MediaMath.org and Women in Tech are not the first groups to support women in the workforce, but we hope we can help change lives one person at a time, and we’re more than ok with that.  I am grateful for my colleagues giving their time, sharing their experiences and making an impact in one way or another to each of these students as they navigate their futures. As we head into the season of giving, here are a few things you can do to help someone in need, whether of basic needs like food and shelter or mentorship and education opportunities or something in between:

1. Volunteer at homeless shelter
These shelters could probably use more of your skills than doling out meals. Through Volunteer Match, you could tutor students, provide skills training to adults, and even find homes for pets.

2. Feed a hungry family
Family-to-Family.org will connect yo u with an individual family in need. Your impact will last beyond the holiday, as you’ll help provide food, clothing and other necessities throughout the year.

3. Give thanks to a vet
Show your truly personal gratitude by volunteering one-on-one and in-person at a Veterans Center, where you might serve as an escort greeter, transport patients to appointments and perform other duties. See opportunities at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Diana Clough

Diana is a Learning & Development, Program Manager at MediaMath. She’s developed programs that have enabled Tech employees to receive a stipend and designate 80 hours on the job to learning, provided functional and professional development training to all employees, and is very excited to continue building out the still maturing L&D function with her L&D team. She is also the co-founder of MediaMath’s internal Women in Tech group.

Diana was born in Fairfax, Virginia, and, as a budding adult, found herself living in NYC for 10 years before moving closer to family in Washington DC. She enjoys revealing parts of DC she hopes she can compare to NYC to only find DC with its own special charm, especially with raising children – free museums!